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The Ramblers
Wednesday 12 June

Woodseats to Eckington

Leader: Basil

In a dismal week for weather, only three brave souls took a route from Woodseats Library to Eckington on the bus walk.
Some slippery conditions underfoot and some seemingly high stiles on the Dronfield Round Walk (and Sheffield Country Walk) bit.

Stiles and gates

Castle, Cave, & Cross

Leader: Edna    Photos: John

Castleton, Cave Dale, Oxlow Rake, Mam Tor, Under Lose Hill

A grim old day with rain all the way on the drive to Hope, the starting point.
However it then stopped and the whole walk was rain free.
Both views are of the ridge during the descent from Mam Tor – with Lose Hill in the cloud behind Back Tor.

Flagstones help in the fight against erosion

The Ramblers
Wednesday 5 June


Leader: Sara    Photo: Mel

The evening group on Baslow Edge

Alport Height

Leader: Val

The first of this summer’s long bus ‘Alport’ walks ;

12 of us on the walk this week of just over 9 miles.
In search of our first ‘Alport’, we climbed up from Cromford, mainly following the Midshires Way via Alderwasley Hall and Shining Cliff Woods – to gain wide open views on a clear day.
A short stop on Alport Height enabled us to identify a number of distant hills before descending to Wirksworth and the bus home.

‘Alport 2’ is on July 3rd.

Rob Randle’s Memorial Walk

Leaders: Gavin & Rhona    Photos: John & Mel

Better weather than last year for the walk from King’s Tree in the Upper Derwent Valley to Slippery Stones, Barrow & Grinah Stones, and Lynch Clough.

The loneliness of the long distance walker ?
(The Grinah Grain is the prominent valley with Win Hill beyond right of centre)

Not really
Company at hand for a Grinah Stones lunch break

Grinah Stones

The Ramblers
Wednesday 29 May

Bamford to Grindleford

Leader: John

Bamford and Ladybower from Shatton Edge

Another Hope Valley train walk for 12, beginning at Bamford Rail Station.
A southerly route via Shatton, Abney, Bretton, and Eyam before turning north to Grindleford Rail Station for a return via Sheffield.

No longer a real option for a mid-afternoon bus return from Eyam to Chesterfield, as the No 66 service now has been reduced to a three hour gap. The more bus services are cut, the less people use them and turn to other means.

Mount Famine

Leader: John    Photos: John & Mel

17 turned up for a circular jaunt from Upper Booth taking in Jacob’s Ladder, Edale Cross, Coldwell Clough, Mount Famine, (whose ancient name was Bank Head), and South Head.
The rain held off until the descent down Chapel Gate.
While the walk comprised a modest distance of 10.5 miles, it involved a respectable height gain of about 2500ft.

Hidden Places in Sheffield

Leader: Michael

Fifteen members took the 9.50 X17 bus to Sheffield where another joined us making 16 to take a short bus ride to Firth Park for a ‘Hidden Places’ walk round Firth Park and Wincobank.
Some had been on this walk before but for others it was new.
Sheffield being a hilly city the walk was up and down as various ‘hidden’ sites were viewed.
I was armed with a leaflet of the walk so was able to relate some information on the various sites – and some took the odd photo.
There was plenty of sunshine in the morning but later on the clouds rolled in from the west – but happily the rain kept off until we were on the bus returning to Chesterfield.

A journey to hidden places in Firth Park and Wincobank

The Ramblers
Saturday 25 May

The Lady & The Lad

Leaders: Edna & Graham

Wheel Stones   (Coach and Horses) – one of the gritstone tors on Derwent Edge

Three of the group on  Back Tor

The Ramblers
Wednesday 22 May

Stainsby Surprise

Leader: Mel    Photos: Mel

The Wednesday evening ‘team’

Hardwick Hall   in the background

A Stroll Around Wormhill

Leaders: Eileen & Terry    Photo: Mel

The Ramblers
Sunday 19 May

Avenue Washlands

Leader: Mike

One week on from the 34 mile Chesterfield Round Walk it was just a gentle four mile circular incorporating the Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve for 29 walkers on the final day of another successful Chesterfield Area Walking Festival.

Many thanks to all who made a donation to the Air Ambulance / Rescue Services on our nine Festival walks.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 15 May

An Evening Around Killamarsh

Leader: Mel   Photos: Mel


Leaders: Gavin & Rhona

The Ogston start

A break for coffee near Wessington, with the lunch target of Crich Stand on the horizon

Another fine day for a regular Wednesday car walk, co-hosted this week with the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival.
30 walkers assembled at Ogston Reservoir for an anti-clockwise circular, via Brackenfield, Wessington, Crich, and South Wingfield.
A group from Amber Valley Ramblers encountered en route.

Brackenfield Church

Wingfield Manor among the trees

The Ramblers
Sunday 12 May

Chesterfield Round Walk

Leader: Mel    Photos: Mel   

The one regular feature of the Walking Festival each year is our 34 mile
Chesterfield Round Walk, this year with 38 participants and lasting 11.5 hours.

The Ramblers
Saturday 11 May

Revolution House

Leader: Mel    Photos: Mel   

Plenty of yellow vests, but no protest march

Combining a themed Chesterfield Walking Festival and a regular Ramblers’ Saturday scheduled walk resulted in a group of 43 walkers starting out from the
Revolution House at Old Whittington.
Early spring sunshine gave the walk a great boost as the group dropped down to the site of the Peak Resort Ecodome Project to follow a newly created path and then alongside the River Drone to reach Unstone for a coffee break.
From here the path alongside the route of the ancient wooden Waggon Way to Apperknowle, and then on through Greenside for lunch overlooking the Moss Valley and Ridgeway.
The return route passed through Marsh Lane and Middle Handley with a pause at Grasscroft Wood to take in the magnificent views of Chesterfield and our ever present Crooked Spire.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 8 May

Where There’s a Well, There’s a Way

Leader: Isobel   

A group of ten had a damp, but fortunately not as wet as expected, walk setting off from Litton.
Delightful spring flowers including cowslips, bluebells, wild garlic, early purple orchids and the unusual leadwort were seen through Tideswell Dale, Litton Slack and Cressbrook Dale.
The route continued via Wardlow and Tideswell Lane to Foolow and then to Wardlow Mires.
From there it returned to Litton by the concessionary path which gives impressive views of
Peter’s Stone and Tansley Dale.
At the end of the walk some of the group enjoyed tea or coffee at the friendly cafe in the post office by the green.

The Ramblers
Sunday 5 May


Leader: Graham   

17 walkers (including one guest) walked an 11 mile circuit from Eyam via Grindleford, Froggatt, and Stoney Middleton.
A cool but dry day with a few sunny intervals.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 1 May


Leader: Arthur   

An eight mile circular around a much healthier looking Ladybower Reservoir – from the Ashopton Bridge, via Crookhill Farm, crossing the A57 Snake Road at Hagg Farm – for 22 walkers and three dogs.

A quiet lunch by Ladybower’s southern edge

A Bit Too Clough

Leader: Mel   Photos: Mel    

After starting out from Barber Booth, 15 members climbed to Edale Cross before crossing Oaken and Dimpus Clough to reach the base of South Head.

Coffee break at Edale Cross

Someone is celebrating Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League

On the way the outlines of Mount Famine, Kraken Edge, Kinderlow End and Leygatehead Moor provided brooding backdrops and receding tones under a somewhat grey sky.
After crossing Roych Clough, lunch was taken near Tom Moor Plantation in bright sunshine looking out over Bolt and Short Edge.
The return to Barber Booth was effected using the Chapel Gate Track.

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