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The Ramblers
Saturday 22 September

Great Longstone

Leader: John


The 14th and final long Saturday walk of the summer programme.

Five in the group – myself, John, Sylvia, Hilda, and Paul arrived at Great Longstone at 9:30 and set off in reasonably good weather.
Thankfully there was no mud. The earth had just soaked all the rain up after a hot dry summer.
So on past Tidsa Low to Wheston, Peter Dale and Hay Dale to join the Pennine Bridle Way – and lunch at Bee Low.
Then on to Peak Forest and the Limestone Way at Hollandtwine lead mine, Green Dale, Hartle Dale and Jennings Dale to Hazlebadge Hall – and a return to Great Longstone and the Queen Anne for a very welcome drink.
18.5 miles in 7 Hours and enjoyed by all.

Bonsall

Leaders: Mel, Pat, & Cathy

Following a short climb out of Bonsall, eight members of the Saturday group meandered through old lead rakes and around the western and northern edge of Bonsall Moor to reach Brightgate.
Following a leisurely lunch, we then traversed the ridge above Wensley Dale and Snitterton, enjoying good views into Darley Dale and across to Darley Hillside.
The return to Bonsall was via Jughole Wood and a short section of the Limestone Way.
The day finished in Saturday familiar style with tea and scones in the Fountain Tea Rooms.

Bonsall


The Ramblers
Wednesday 19 September

Glapwell to Bolsover

    Leader: John


It’s only 3.5 miles from Glapwell to Bolsover as the crow flies (one of our leisurely ‘step’ routes in May this year), but John led ten walkers on a longer way round.
A ten mile journey via Upper Langwith and Elmton which avoided some of the day’s strong winds by woodland walking through Roseland Wood, Langwith Wood, and Scarcliffe Park.
The last part of the walk through Elmton followed the route of last year’s eastern boundary trail (Welbeck to Chesterfield) – part of the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival.

Approaching Elmton on footpath B6 14/1


The Ramblers
Tuesday 18 September

North York Moors



The annual journey into northern parts, led by John

Five days of walking 85 miles with 12,500′ of ascent.
Our shortest walk was 15 miles and the longest 20 miles.
We encountered wonderful weather and brilliant scenery plus many butterflies and a slow worm legless lizard, literally hundreds of quail, partridge, grouse and pheasants, and of course wonderful Yorkshire hospitality.


The Ramblers
Saturday 15 September


Chatsworth circular

Leader: Reg


A fine day for the latest walk with the visually impaired, starting from Calton Lees car park at Chatsworth.
A group of 17, following a route via Chatsworth House and climbing into Stand Wood for good views of the Estate.
We were very pleased to have the Ramblers’ Area President, David Blunkett (and his dog Barley), with us for part of the walk. He had to peel off early for an appointment with his football team.

Outside Chatsworth House


Anston, Turnerwood, & the Giant’s Staircase

23 locks in just over a mile
(part of the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival)

Walking the waterways


The Ramblers
Thursday 13 September


Trail and Teashop

Leader: Michael

Two ladies joined me for my leisurely ‘step’ walk from Bakewell.
One was a member of Sheffield Ramblers – the other had recently joined our group.
The latter had been on the short bus walk last Wednesday and had decided that my step walk was a good one to take a friend on who was coming to stay with her for a few days, and who had
never been to Derbyshire.
Consequently she was taking notes of where we went.
Walking up to the old railway station we continued on the Monsal Trail as far as Hassop Station for a coffee stop at the café.
Then continuing for a short distance we turned left on a bridle way which ascended gradually to afford widespread views.
It was downhill for the rest of the walk back to Bakewell via the river path, with lunch at the
Gallery café as a fitting end to a leisurely stroll.


The Ramblers
Wednesday 12 September


Sheffield’s High Point

Leader: Paul    Photos: Mel / John

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Win Hill, with the Kinder plateau in the background


The group at High Neb


Approaching Higger Tor



The Ramblers
Saturday 8 September


Chapel en le Frith

Leader: Rosemarie


Seven members set out on an eight mile walk from Chapel en le Frith today with the aim of exploring paths in what for us is a rarely frequented area.
Although visibility was poor, the group were treated to views of dramatic dark cloud formations floating over the south western end of Kinder Scout.
Lunch was taken at Chamber Knoll before continuing on to Perry Dale.
The return journey included a walk along the listed area of Gautries Lead Rake.



































The Ramblers
Wednesday 5 September

Dales, Trails, & Rivers



Limestone Way, Lathkill Dale, River Bradford             Leader: John    Photos : John / Mel

Down by the riverside



A refreshing break


The Ramblers
Sunday 2 September

Lathkill Skywalk

Leader: David    Photos: John        














The Ramblers
Saturday 1 September

Ashover circular

Leader: Simon      

Officially autumn, but the good weather continued for the year’s penultimate Saturday long walk ;

A new Ramblers member from Bolsover joined three other walkers to set out from Ashover Parish Hall.
We had to swerve past various oversized vegetables and floral delights as the locals were busy setting up their annual Horticultural Show.
Taking the Coffin Road, we headed out past Cocking Tor and Ravensnest Tor before emerging out of the oak and beech trees to be rewarded with wonderful views of the Amber Valley and Ogston Reservoir.
On then via Highoredish to Trinity Chapel, where a less than holy trinity gathered for a photograph.
Skirting past the reservoir, we pressed on to Handley, continuing on to Woodhead, and then enjoying views over towards Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle as we traversed the ridgeway to Britton Wood.
After a short stretch on the route of the Chesterfield Round Walk by Hardwick Wood we crossed a field guarded by two nosey donkeys before sidling around the next field where a thick-necked bull was on patrol.
There were giant carp to be seen floating across the shallows of Stubbing Pond and we were startled by a flash of electric blue and orange as a kingfisher skimmed across the surface of the water.
After the lunch stop, swift progress was made on to Holymoorside where we turned to head south up the bridleway to Stanedge Golf Course and on to the Chimney and Cupola Ponds at Stone Edge.
A final drinks stop was taken at Uppertown Social Club before embarking on the final leg back via Smalley Brook, Vernon’s Lane and Kelstedge.
None of the participants took much convincing that an after-walk libation was in order, and a final burst of speed took us to the bar at the Black Swan.
20 miles completed in 7.5 hours.


The usual end to a long Saturday walk


The Ramblers
Thursday 30 August

Agricultural Bill




Changes are afoot.
A new Agriculture Bill is before Parliament and it’s vital that it preserves countryside access and maintenance of our rights of way.
Become a ‘Path Protector’ by emailing your MP

(a Ramblers’ letter template is at …. https://e-activist.com/page/29037/action/1 … )

Ramblers Central Office letter to the Prime Minister



The Ramblers
Wednesday 29 August


Fox House

Leader: Michael

Fourteen members made their way by bus/car to Fox House for a five mile circular walk.
Among the group were two ladies from Sheffield Ramblers and one gentleman who hadn’t walked with us for some time.
After coffee at Longshaw we set off passing the wooden pole, crossing a road before a gradual ascent on to White Edge Moor.
At the highest point of the walk (1237 feet) we took a path through the heather to Lady’s Cross, a short stone stump marking the intersection of two packhorse trails, one from Tideswell to Sheffield, the other, Hope to Chesterfield.
This made for a good lunch stop which was enjoyed in warm sunshine.
After lunch we returned to the original path, descending through a gate via paths and a bridle way to a road close to the Grouse Inn.
Resisting the temptation to call in here we made our way up the road, branching off onto a stone track leading to Longshaw café.
However, we soon left this track ,climbing a stile and descending along a field where a man was repairing a stone wall to the edge of woodland.
Branching off to the right we followed paths through bracken, part of Granby Wood, open scrub land which eventually led us back to Fox House with time for some well-earned liquid refreshment before catching the bus home.

Lea, Dethick, & Crich

Leader: Bill   Photos: Mel



The Ramblers
Saturday 25 August


Bamford Edge & High Neb

Leader: Barbara    Photos: Mel

High Neb trig point



The Ramblers
Wednesday 22 August


Kinder Round

Castles in the Air

Leader: Hilary    Photos: John

Coffee on Rowlee Pasture


A nine mile circular from the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre at Fairholmes to Alport Castles, at over half a mile long said to be the largest landslide in the UK, and back.
19 in the group on a warm if somewhat cloudy day.

Alport Castles


The Ramblers
Saturday 18 August


Rushup Edge

Leader: John


Only 16 miles on another Saturday long walk – with cricket thrown in ;

An excellent walk – bright and breezy weather and not too warm.
Four taking part.
We started from Rushup Edge and proceeded to the small hamlet of Malcoff where we were afforded a view of the Old Hall and its Annex.
From there to Hayfield Road.
Then on to Cracken Edge, Chinley Churn and Hayfield, where we lunched and watched an entertaining local cricket match.
From there it was nearly all climbing to Mount Famine and South Head, the passage of Roych Clough, and a return to our transport.
A grand day out as some would say, with all finishing fit and healthy.


The Ramblers
Wednesday 15 August


Bamford to Ladybower

Leader: Janet


Eight train walkers headed out from Bamford Station, following the northern bit of the
Derwent Valley Heritage Way, with a halt for lunch at Heatherdene.
Then it was a clockwise circuit from the Ladybower Inn via Whinstone Lee Tor, Cutthroat Bridge, and
Ladybower Wood.
Another good day with sunny intervals in this prolonged dry summer.


Ladybower credits



Street View panorama from Whinstone Lee Tor of a diminished Derwent Reservoir

Around Ladybower

Leaders: John & Tricia    Photos: Mel


Two of our walks in the Ladybower area today, but the car people didn’t come across those who let the train take the strain.


The Ramblers
Tuesday 14 August



‘Ploughing & Cropping’ Campaign




Good countryside access depends on reporting all rights of way problems.
Don’t assume that they have already been reported.
Take a photo if you can and report either by;
Pathwatch, Derbyshire County Council, Fix My Street, or by this website.

County council guidelines on cropping & ploughing

County council guidelines on ploughing & cropping


We are currently concentrating on a ‘Ploughing and Cropping’ campaign and seeking to monitor the significant problems to walkers when meeting blockages or trying to negotiate the line of a right of way.
It is an area where, because problems are relatively temporary (although often recurring), the County Council wrongly gives them little importance.
If you meet a problem relating to ploughing or cropping obstructions to legal rights of way please report it to the
Ploughing & Cropping Campaign

All reports of any sort are forwarded to the County Council Rights of Way Team.
If it’s not reported it’s unlikely to be fixed.


The Ramblers
Saturday 11 August


Monsal Head

Leader: Dawn    Photo: Mel

The group walking down Cressbrook Dale – en route for a Bradwell’s ice cream


The Ramblers
Friday 10 August



Silverhill Wood & The Miner

Leader: David



The Ramblers
Wednesday 8 August


Around the Quarry

Leader: Graham    Photo: Mel

Chrome Hill and Parkhouse from above Earl Sterndale

Pleasley to Teversal

Leader: Kath

The ‘shorter’ bus group took the Pronto bus to Pleasley Pit for a 6.5 mile fairly flat walk to Teversal.
A route along the Rowthorne Trail into Hardwick Park, before heading south from Norwood Lodge to the Teversal Visitor Centre – and a return to Chesterfield on the Spira bus.
15 in the party, including a guest from Brighton, enjoyed a more pleasant day for walking after recent heat.

A shelter from heat or rain in Hardwick Park ?


Hardwick Hall in the distance


Sutton in Ashfield FP11 – south of Norwood Lodge


The Ramblers
Sunday 5 August


Kinder

Leaders: Gavin & Rhona    Photos: John


The Ramblers
Saturday 4 August

Hartington

Leader: John

A great walk today in our series of summer strenuous outings.
21 miles and a lot of ascent, probably in excess of 3000 feet.
A select band of three started at 9:00 and made its way past the Youth Hostel in Hartington en route to Biggin Dale – where we happened upon a lamb trapped in a wire fence from which (after some effort) we extricated it.
It appeared slightly injured from its struggles, but limped all the way back to its mother.
On to Milldale, and then to Ilam Rock – where we ascended to Ilam Tops via Dovedale Woods and then Bunster Hill.
Ilam Cross followed, and then up to Musden Low for lunch, Musden Wood, and Castern Hall.
Next on to Alstonefield and the ‘George’ for extremely welcome refreshments.
A traverse of Narrowdale and Beresford Dale completed the walk back to the Hartington Duck Pond.
Overall this took 9 hours with all in good spirits.


The Ramblers
Thursday 2 August


Pilsley to Bakewell

A good ‘step’ walk from Pilsley to Bakewell, down the quiet Handley Lane and on to Edensor ; then the southerly track through the Chatsworth Estate to New Piece Wood ; westwards to Ballcross Farm and down into Bakewell.
The warm weather continued, although the skies varied from bright sunshine to ominous looking clouds.
Unfortunately the two planned bus journeys suffered from either delay or cancellation.
Over 90 minutes waiting clueless at bus-stops is not acceptable for bus walks in the Peak.

No wonder Bakewell car parks were heaving.                  The slow death of rural buses

Edensor WD31/7 near the Russian Cottage


The Ramblers
Wednesday 1 August


Walk to Discover

Leaders: Gavin & Rhona    Photos: Mel


An evening walk covering part of the Chesterfield Art Trail

Edale to Bamford

Leader: Val


Another train walk, using the popular Hope Valley line.

Eight people took the trip on a day of good weather – not too hot.
From Edale station we climbed up to Mam Tor via Mam Nick, replenished our energy with (home made) cake, and walked the Ridge to Lose Hill for lunch.
It was then a descent to Hope, crossing the road and river, to follow field paths to Bamford, via Brough.
Just in time for the 15.42 return train.

Rocky Edges & Heather Covered Moors


Leader: Sue    Photos: Mel

A pleasant day for a walk after the oppressive heat of the last few weeks.
From Redmires Reservoirs 16 keen ramblers set off up to Stanage Pole, over Stanage Edge and down into Hathersage – before ascending again via Mitchell Field Farm to cross Burbage Edge.
From there it was along Houndkirk Road and across the moors back to our starting point.
Good views throughout the day, although the cloud thickened ominously as the afternoon wore on.
12 miles and 1800 feet of ascent.




…. previously on chesterfieldramblers




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