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The Ramblers
Sunday 22 April

Dovedale ‘Skywalk’ joint walk with Derbyshire Dales group              Leader: David    Photo: John

The Ramblers
Wednesday 18 April

A train ride to Tutbury and a Staffordshire route for the ‘long bus / train’ group.
David led 11 on a linear route from Tutbury Castle overlooking the Dove and (like Wingfield Manor a place of imprisonment for Mary, Queen of Scots), via Rolleston on Dove with its
Jinny Trail and the Trent & Mersey Canal.
An eight mile walk left ample time for a drink and sun-bathe by the canal before catching a return train from Willington.

What a difference a week makes !
From ‘November’ mist and gloom to a glorious warm and sunny day.
A superb day for walking.
Edna reports on the ‘long car’ walk ;

A good turnout of 29 members – we all came out of hiding now the bad weather has gone.
The route was from Rowsley Old Station car park via Bowling Green Farm, Haddon Hall (still muddy by river), Stanton in the Peak, Stanton Moor
(Nine Ladies site for lunch), the Cork Stone, Birchover, Stanton Moor along the Earl Grey Tower path, Stanton Woodhouse, and Rowsley.
11.25 miles with 1650 feet of ascent.

Nine Ladies stone circle (photo by John)

Cork Stone (photo by Mel)

The Ramblers
Saturday 14 April

The first Saturday walk in the summer programme was led by Graham ;

Six ramblers and one visitor with a very well behaved dog set off from Taddington to walk a nine mile circuit via the ‘mountain village’ of Chelmorton, Flagg and Monyash on a lovely spring day.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 11 April

Ann led today’s ‘long car’ walk ;

A group of twelve walked from the Goyt Valley up onto and along Combs Edge, down through Combs village, and round to Fernilee Reservoir – taking in some new paths even for the leader – due to map management skills!
There are lovely views from the Edge which were somewhat lacking in the low cloud but the surprise was that it was a new route to Mel – which doesn’t happen very often.

Combs Edge

Where is spring ?

A ‘November’ day without respite in the Peak today – except down in the Dales.
Barbara & Ken led 18 on a circular from Alport, via Bradford Dale and Lathkill Dale – meeting quite a few walkers, despite the dismal weather.
An enjoyable circuit with plenty of dampness but no real rain.

A popular lunch spot in Lathkill Dale

The Ramblers
Wednesday 4 April

Mike kicked off the summer programme for the ‘long car’ walkers ;

Nine defied the monsoon forecast and set off up the Limb Valley to complete a 13 mile walk with the route taking us to Houndkirk Moor, Burbage Edge , Padley Gorge and the Longshaw Estate.
The rain did show itself briefly but nothing like the intensity forecast, and the perspex shelters on Grindleford Station provided a welcome spot for lunch when it appeared.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 28 March

A ‘Meander around the Moss‘ of just under 12 miles for the ‘long car’ walkers.
Eighteen ramblers set off across the fields from Coal Aston Village hall, led by Isobel – despite the promise of mud and the threat of rain ;

The route across fields and through woods, around the River Moss, had been modified because of the conditions and went to Lightwood, Ridgeway Moor, Eckington Woods, Bramley and Geer Lane, before returning to Coal Aston via Owler Car Lane.
On the way it crossed and recrossed the Moss and passed the mill ponds near Greatfold farm and at Birley Hay.
In the afternoon the sun shone and the rain held off until the last 10 minutes of the walk.

Coffee break near Lightwood

Photo: Mel

Teversal Church

A figure of eight route for 28 ‘short car’ walkers and two dogs, led by Kath & John.
From the Teversal Visitors Centre the group made their way for a coffee stop at Hardwick Hall, via Teversal Church and Norwood Lodge.

On to Ault Hucknall for lunch and then a return to Teversal in some warm sunshine via the Rowthorne and Teversal Trails.

The Ramblers
Saturday 24 March

Val led today’s Saturday outing ;

Nine ramblers enjoyed a walk starting in Bolsover.
Lovely views over the valley towards Sutton Scarsdale from the start and then a short stretch along the Stockley Trail – before a steepish climb up to Palterton.
We then walked along the ridge to Glapwell.
With lunch calling, we had an option to call at the garden centre tea shop.
It was then on to Stoney Houghton and Scarcliffe Wood, over the fields to Hillstown and back to Bolsover.
It was a pleasurable nine miles ; the weather was kind to us and also not too muddy, which was a bonus.
I think a good day was had by all.

The Ramblers
Thursday 22 March

You never know who will turn up on our short, leisurely ‘step’ walks.
As Michael comments ;

The problem of taking the 10:05 bus No 170 is that it is usually full of people carrying ruck sacks and trekking poles. So it transpired today.
The trouble was I recognised not a single one.
How many, if any, would get off at Old Brampton Church ? As it happened three ladies alighted and had come to go on my walk.
Two of them used to do the Monday walks some time ago ; the other was a non member but appeared keen to find out about Ramblers.
Plenty of conversation between the four of us on the walk, via Linacre, to Holme Hall.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 21 March

Climbing to Lords Seat along Rushup Edge

Leaders: Terry & Eileen    Photo: Mel

Too much mud around Eckington led to a transfer to a trail walk option for 11 ‘short’ bus walkers, led by Ann and Joyce.
Whilst the BBC Look North Sofa, collecting funds for Sport Relief, was making its way northwards through NE Derbyshire, the group headed southwards along the
Trans Pennine Trail from Renishaw to Arkwright, calling off at Poolsbrook Country Park for a lunch stop.
A good sunny day after recent snow.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 14 March

A Lathkill Wander

Leaders: John & Bob     Photos: Mel

Hard to avoid mud this winter

Ashover was a crowded place at 10:00 this morning as both 28 of our group and a goodly number of Amber Valley group arrived to do separate walks.

Malcolm led our party on an anti-clockwise circular route via Overton Hall, Milltown, and Woolley for a lunch stop overlooking Ogston Reservoir.

The afternoon return was through Woolley Moor.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 7 March

A report by John on a local bus-free walk ;

Eighteen ‘long bus’ walkers enjoyed lunch at the side of the
Chesterfield Canal at Staveley in the ‘spring’ sunshine.
The route had begun at Chesterfield Railway Station and headed out via Tapton Golf Course (the Trans Peak Trail) and Tapton Grange, Brimington Common, Westwood, Ringwood Hall, Hollingwood Hub, Barrow Hill and through the old Staveley Works site to the canal.
Refreshed, the group returned along the Canal back to the Railway Station at Chesterfield – an enjoyable ten mile figure-of-eight walk after the restrictions of the previous week’s snow.

A bridge in Bradford Dale       Photo: Mel

  Lorraine led the ‘long car’ walk ;

Despite the anticipation of a very wet and muddy walk, 18 brave members set off from Elton.
Making our way over fields past Tomlinson Wood towards Hopping Farm and Alport we were pleasantly surprised at how clean we were – the overnight frost & morning sunshine playing a helping hand – plus the many snowdrifts offering a boot cleaning service.
From Alport we made a short ascent to join the paths overlooking the River Lathkill, heading across to Over Haddon, where we sat on the hillside for a spot of lunch.
The afternoon’s route via Bradford Dale, Lowfields Farm and Anthony Hill was to take us past 6 of the 17 Sites of Meaning – a millennium project of Middleton and Smerrill marking the 17 entrances to its parish with boundary stones, each inscribed with a text.
A total of 11.5 miles.

At the sheep dip in Bradford Dale

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