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The Ramblers
Sunday 19 March

A Ramblers Roadshow came to Derbyshire today
– to the Palace Hotel, Buxton.

Bill was our representative ;

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.

The Ramblers
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
Over Haddon.

The Ramblers
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 ;

Starting from the Revolution House at Old Whittington we did a 9 mile circular.
The route took us up to Grasscroft Wood, then onto Hundall and down by the side of Ramshaw Woods.
We crossed over the railway line at Unstone, and then on to Ouzel Bank, over the Dronfield bypass through Monk Wood onto Barlow Lees, and down to Barlow Fishing Ponds for a well earned bacon butty and a mug of tea.
A return via Barlow Brook, Monkwood Farm, over the bypass, down the bridle path to Sheepbrige and on to the Revolution House.

Michael writes ;

23 of us set off from Elton on a warm, sunny day.
The original planned walk had been abandoned after soggy fields, muddy paths and difficult stiles were encountered on three separate preliminary visits.
We took the Limestone Way as far as Luntor Rocks, where lunch was taken.
En route we had stopped at the Winster Ore House where lead ore had been housed, and read all about the activities of lead mining in the area.
After lunch, and admiring the widespread views, we descended gradually by field path to Winster village, and thence back to Elton via the churchyard and field paths, for the bus back to Matlock and on to Chesterfield.

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.

Silverhill’s Miner

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.

Early spring lambs at Hardwick

The Ramblers
Saturday 11 March

South Lodge Tunnel Entrance, Welbeck

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.

The Ramblers
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.

Leader: Mike   Photos: Mel

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.

A six ton ball in Holmebrook Valley Park, created by Colin Rose from 2000 handmade bricks

The Ramblers
Wednesday 1 March

Creswell Crags

Creswell Crags

A ten mile walk from Clowne’s Linear Park to Langwith, with a lunch break at Creswell Crags.

Archaeological Way, near Langwith

Archaeological Way, near Langwith

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 ;

A quick ascent from Hathersage took 21 walkers up to Stanage Edge for tea and biscuits and a wonderful view.
The walk along the Edge was followed by a long descent through fields and woods to Bamford for lunch in the sunshine.
A change to the route to avoid the over-spilling waters of Bamford Weir took us on to Shatton and along the lower hillside, with good views of the route walked.
Then it was back to Leadmill and Hathersage.

Photos by Mel

The Ramblers
Sunday 26 February

A weekend return for John and Tricia to the Ulley area ;

We welcomed three guests on today’s nine mile walk around Ulley Reservoir.
A fascinating highlight was watching two deer sprinting across an open field.
Fortunately the walk was finished before the rains came to end a windy day.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 22 February

Photos: John   

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
Ulley windmills, returning via the Chesterfield Canal at Norwood and using many paths
that are infrequently used.

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.

The Ramblers
Sunday 19 February

A Robin Hood circular, via Edensor and Pilsley – with a return via Baslow Edge and Birchen Edge.

Leader: Robert    Photos: John

Heading down into Chatsworth from the Robin Hood

Heading down into Chatsworth from the Robin Hood

Both the Jubilee Rock and the Wellington Monument owed much to the remarkable Dr Wrench

Wellington Monument on Baslow Edge

Wellington Monument on Baslow Edge

Jubilee Rock

Jubilee Rock

Stoop and Companion Stone above Edensor on the Bakewell track

Stoop and Companion Stone above Edensor on the Bakewell track

Cryptic Companion Stones are a distinctive feature in this part of Derbyshire.

The Ramblers
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.

The Ramblers
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.

The Ramblers
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 ;

We started from Laughton en le Morthen village hall; the good news being that parking was free, always a bonus !
Then across the fields to Firbeck, admiring the beautiful display of snowdrops on the way before turning left at St Martin’s Church.
In the field beyond the church we passed a monument commemorating RAF Firbeck, a 2nd World War airfield which rekindled Mel’s boyhood fascination with airplanes such as the Westland Lysander and Austers.
Mel and the ‘boys’ waxed lyrical.
We stopped for coffee at Roche Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery and, despite the soaring Gothic arches and the beautiful setting, there were no new recruits for the monastic life.
Suitably refreshed, we set off through Maltby Crags wood and had lunch overlooking the small village of Carr.
We then made our way up through Terrace Woods and, as we dropped down past Thurcroft Hall, we stopped to take in the fabulous view of Laughton en le Morthen church across the valley.
Clouds were gathering when we got back to the village but we were persuaded, with not too much arm twisting, to take a detour around the back of the church.
There we were rewarded with the chance to see one of the best preserved examples of a motte and bailey Castle in the county.

The Ramblers
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.

Foxstone Dam

Foxstone Dam

The Ramblers
Wednesday 8 February

Wellington is left in the shade on Baslow Edge

The Wellington Monument on Baslow Edge

Edna led the ‘long car’ walk with 22 walkers ;

10.6 miles over 4hrs 50min.
The weather was miserable in the morning, but it didn’t rain and brightened up in the afternoon.
A route from Curbar Crossroads via Gardoms Edge, the Robin Hood Inn, Dobb Edge, the top path through Chatsworth, Beeley Hilltop, and into Chatsworth for lunch.
We followed the river back to Baslow, up to Wellington’s Monument, and then back to the cars.
First half muddy, second half much better !

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.
Early daffodils at Nether Handley

Early daffodils at Nether Handley

A follower in West Handley ?

A stealthy follower in West Handley ?

The Ramblers
Sunday 5 February

Headstone Tunnel

Headstone Tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnels on today’s Monsal Trail.

Leaders: Mel & Jenny    Photos: John

The Ramblers
Wednesday 1 February

Jack led today’s medium car walk from Ashford in the Water ;

The original planned route was amended to avoid some of the worst of the present ground conditions but occasional muddy stretches were nevertheless ‘enjoyed’ by the 21 walkers who turned out, despite a poor weather forecast.
We soon entered Churchdale where the snowdrops are already in bloom in the grounds of its impressive Churchdale Hall.
There followed a spell on the Monsal Trail before exiting to cross the soggy pastures adjacent to Hassop Hall and heading for Rowland, with the top of Longstone Edge in the distance obscured by low cloud.
The ‘marmalade lady’ of Rowland did a roaring trade with the Ramblers before they continued via Great Longstone to Monsal Head for a well-earned lunch whilst enjoying the spectacular views of Monsal Dale.
The walk continued down to the viaduct before entering Headstone Tunnel and soon leaving the Monsal Trail to follow field paths back to Ashford to complete an enjoyable 7.5 miles.

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.

…. previously on chesterfieldramblers

april 2016

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