Sunday 26 March
More good spring weather for the Monsal Head walk.
Massacre at Fin Cop
Leaders: Eileen & Terry Photos: John
Saturday 25 March
A great spring day for David’s walk ;
There were 13, including visitors from Hull and Sussex, on the 9 mile circular walk I led from Bakewell today.
The route was a White Peak classic including Wye Dale, Bradford Dale, and Lathkill Dale.
Plenty of ups and downs as we crossed the ridges between the river valleys.
The weather was perfect for our first Saturday walk this Spring, with bright sunshine and cloudless blue sky throughout.
Long range views were exceptionally clear.
Most of us cast a layer or two during the walk and some of the party made a dash for the ice cream shops on our return to Bakewell!
Over 100 attended, offering the opportunity to meet ramblers from other branches and to learn the skills required of a walk leader.
I found one of the workshops, ‘An Introduction to Walk Leading’, particularly useful for intending walk leaders, covering the procedures and implications involved.
Saturday 18 March
An unfortunate downturn in the weather for the visually impaired walk as Kay took 13 plus 3 guide dogs on a very good, if a trifle muddy, 5 mile circular around Over Haddon.
From the car park a route down the lane to the River Lathkill, over the bridge and up to Meadow Place Grange farm. Then it was over the fields to Youlgrave for the lunch stop.
After lunch down into Bradford Dale, by the river to Alport, and back up the fields to
Wednesday 15 March
A superb spring day brought out 86 of our members on today’s four walks ;
Kath & John led 32 on the medium car walk ;
Michael writes ;
20 ramblers enjoyed sunshine and great views on a 12 mile round walk from Rowsley via Stanton Moor, Birchover,
Robin Hood’s Stride, Youlgreave, Alport and Stanton in the Peak.
Sue leading the way.
The warmest day of the year so far saw eleven make use of the Pronto bus to take a walk from Pleasley to Heath, via Teversal, Hardwick Park, and Astwith – traversing the giddy heights of Nottinghamshire’s once reputed highest point of Silverhill at 670 feet.
In common with some other county ‘high spots’, not everyone agrees. Wikipedia and some surveyors opt for Newtonwood Lane.
Surveyors determine Nottinghamshire’s highest point.
Those who like the high life can consult the Mountain Guide.
David was the leader.
Saturday 11 March
Margaret led 18 from Creswell Crags visitor centre onto the Welbeck Estate.
We took the route of the underground tunnel, (which runs from Welbeck Abbey) along to Broad Lane, where we saw where the tunnel ends.
Then onto Worksop Manor land, which adjoins the Welbeck Estate.
The view of what remains of Worksop Manor, (which is now a private house in the old servants quarters) was clearly seen through the trees.
It was then onto Hodthorpe, Whitwell and back to Creswell.
9 miles in total in cloudy but mild, dry conditions.
Wednesday 8 March
A walk from Rowsley Old Station today around Beeley and Calton Pastures for 25 car walkers, with afternoon sunshine thrown in for good measure.
A bus journey on the 16A from Chesterfield to Barlow Church was followed by a four mile leisurely walk to Chesterfield Town Centre for 19 ‘bus ramblers’ and two dogs, led by Gill.
A fairly direct route with a coffee stop in Cutthorpe and lunch in
Holmebrook Valley Country Park.
Wednesday 1 March
A ten mile walk from Clowne’s Linear Park to Langwith, with a lunch break at Creswell Crags.
14 undertook the journey, led by Andrew, which included a small part of the Archaeological Way, now under further development.
A few words on Ann’s walk ;
Sunday 26 February
A weekend return for John and Tricia to the Ulley area ;
Wednesday 22 February
19 members, led by John and Tricia, took advantage of a sunny and sometimes windy summer like day to walk 11 miles through Rother Valley Park to Aston Fish Ponds and
A Lumsdale circular for the ‘medium car’ walkers which began at Highfield School, Matlock and followed an anti-clockwise route via Lumsdale, Tansley, and the Cuckoo Stone.
Colin and Pat led the group of 24, and we are also indebted to Alan of the
Lumsdale Project for a guided talk through a valley of ‘picturesque decay’ which remains an important reminder of early industrial times.
Sunday 19 February
A Robin Hood circular, via Edensor and Pilsley – with a return via Baslow Edge and Birchen Edge.
Leader: Robert Photos: John
Both the Jubilee Rock and the Wellington Monument owed much to the remarkable Dr Wrench
Cryptic Companion Stones are a distinctive feature in this part of Derbyshire.
Saturday 18 February
A good five mile stroll today in Chatsworth Park for 17 (including five visually impaired).
Reg was the leader in weather suggesting spring is not too far away.
Friday 17 February
A dull, but mild, day for a three mile morning walk between the two English Heritage sites of
Sutton Scarsdale Hall and Bolsover Castle.
A fairly direct route over the M1 motorway and on to the Carr Vale Nature Reserve and the Model Village in course of renovation – before making the short climb to the Castle for lunch.
Wednesday 15 February
A Leicestershire start for a dozen of the long public transport group.
Hints of a holiday with the train to Derby and a transfer to the airport Skylink bus.
However the journey was cut short at Castle Donington bus station and a nine mile walk via the Donington race track and the Cloud Trail had to suffice – ending with a walk along the Trent – Mersey Canal to Shardlow for a return Skylink bus.
David was the leader.
A trip into Yorkshire for the ‘long car’ group.
Leader: Chris Photos: John
Chris led 18 walkers on a walk through history ;
Saturday 11 February
Mel led a small group of eight members from Poolsbrook Country Park ;
…. to walk a route to celebrate the excellent restoration of the former Ireland Colliery site and the areas history relating to the pig iron works at Renishaw.
Following a brief lunch at the picturesque Foxstone Dam the group returned via Nether Handley and Barrow Hill before crossing the Cuckoo Way to re-join the trail to the Country Park.
Wednesday 8 February
Edna led the ‘long car’ walk with 22 walkers ;
Muddy conditions for one of Derbyshire County Council’s waymarked trails.
A quick visit to Old Whittington’s Revolution House and then an eight mile circuit via New Whittington, the Handleys, and Hundall for a group of eleven, which covered the bulk of the Whittington and Handleys’ Trail.
Basil the guide.
Sunday 5 February
Light at the end of the tunnels on today’s Monsal Trail.
Leaders: Mel & Jenny Photos: John
Wednesday 1 February
Jack led today’s medium car walk from Ashford in the Water ;
Eleven took the ‘Comet’ bus to Shirland for a 9.5 mile walk to Clay Cross, led by Val.
A village route via Stonebroom, Morton, Pilsley, North Wingfield, and New Tupton – finishing with a section of the Five Pits Trail.
A misty, drizzly start but the walk ended with a bit of sunshine.
The geograph site captures quite a few footpaths. We could do with more, labelled with their right of way name perhaps.