Friday 2 December
A mild December day for the latest morning short walk.
The 10:00 16A bus from Chesterfield takes in Linacre Reservoirs and it is then an attractive four mile walk around the reservoirs and then down to Holme Hall – with its regular bus services back to Chesterfield.
A 90 minute steady pace, mainly on the flat or downhill.
Wednesday 30 November
Mike reports ;
Walks can highlight people as well as places.
Dawn’s circular began at the nature reserve in Bolsover named after Peter Fidler, the local man who made a name for himself exploring and mapping the Canadian wilderness in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
It followed the Stockley Trail to Bramley Vale before a lunch stop in Ault Hucknall, the resting place of Thomas Hobbes, the world famous founder of political philosophy.
A return to Bolsover via the Doe Lea.
24 in the group on a fine, crisp day to bring November to a close.
Thursday 24 November
This week’s short morning walk began at the Crooked Spire with a quick tour of the Christmas Tree Festival before heading down past the Waterside site to the Chesterfield Canal for a four mile stroll to Nona’s Coffee Shop at the Hollingwood Hub
– via the Tapton Lock Visitor Centre.
Derbyshire walks don’t get much flatter than this.
Wednesday 23 November
Another venture to the south of the county for one of our two public transport groups.|
A route from Duffield to Spondon via parts of the Centenary Way for ten walkers, led by Jean.
The full Centenary Way is currently being improved by Derbyshire Area Ramblers with new waymarking, furniture etc.
Today’s Autumn Statement by the Chancellor takes clear precedence in the news over the 3rd reading of the Bus Services Bill in the House of Lords.
Planned cuts to subsidised bus services next year threaten to have a huge impact on those who live and work in the countryside, both in Derbyshire and elsewhere.
We have approached our local MPs on this.
Derbyshire County Council have now announced a reprieve for some subsidised bus services.
Monday 21 November
A footpath is a highway, like any other. To raise its status perhaps local authorities need to incorporate rights of way with their highway departments ?
Warwickshire and Oxfordshire have a separate ROW category on ‘Fix My Street’ where problems can be filtered and seen publicly, away from reports of potholes.
Unfortunately most councils at present feel no need to report publicly on action taken and issues can disappear into a black hole.
Improvement on maintenance will not come without accountability.
Saturday 19 November
Kath writes about this month’s walk with the visually impaired ;
Friday 18 November
Early morning snow showers ended precisely at 10:00 to facilitate an invigorating, short circular walk of 4 miles in dry conditions from Stainsby Mill up over the fields to Astwith and then down to the Miller’s Pond on the Hardwick Estate.
Wednesday 16 November
The Bradfield circular was very much a ‘rainbow’ walk, as during the morning a group of 24 followed it, with Isobel leading the way from Lower Bradfield, a village to the west of Sheffield.
The fine start soon developed into a strong gale with squally showers as the steady climb to White Lee Moor was followed.
A reservoir route as well as fine views of Agden, Broomhead, More Hall, and Damflask were seen during an above average hilly walk.
Much better weather in the afternoon after the rainbow had disappeared.
Monday 14 November
The results of the Big Pathwatch are now with us and the problems can be added to the many that our group and others have been reporting over the years.
One of the priorities of the results report is to get footpath signage improved.
Walking along Mill Lane near Stainsby it is not easy to spot footpath B1 37/1 amid the trees.
Perhaps we need someone with a pot of paint who will place a sign on the road surface ?
Just an idea. Any suggestions for rights of way improvement are welcome.
Sunday 13 November
via Fanshawe Gate, Totley Moor and Ramsley reservoir.
Leader: Graham Photos: John
Heavy rain overnight and early morning had given way to a drizzly spell for the early part of our walk, but we had not gone very far before it dried up giving us a dull but quite warm and pleasant day.
Just eight of us set of from Dronfield Civic Centre on the 9.5 mile walk around the Drone and Cordwell valleys.
Our route led us through Frith Wood to Summerley , then along the attractive ‘Unstone Line’ , where we looked at the sites of the many coal mines, coke ovens and railways in the area, all now hidden away in a rich woodland cloak.
Through Unstone we climbed up to Ouzle Bank and admired the view. On through Monk Wood – where there is still plenty of autumn colour in the leaves.
We had a pleasant lunch stop above Barlow Fishponds before climbing through more woodland, up Brindwoodgate, and then across to Cowley.
We then returned to Dronfield along the route of the North Chesterfield Way.
Friday 4 November
The latest of the short walks on a fine autumn day saw a group of seven, led by David, take the bus to Pilsley, near Chatsworth and follow a four mile route to Baslow.
A slight climb out of Pilsley followed by a drop to Edensor and
Lunch was at the House and the return home was on the 1:25 pm bus from Baslow to Chesterfield.
A cloudy start but warm sunshine by lunchtime.
Wednesday 2 November
A circuit of the Hallam Moors for 24, led by Rhona and Gavin on a fine November day.
From the Dennis Knoll car park the route was via the new Stanage Pole, Redmires Reservoir, Head Stone, and High Neb, concluding with a descent along Long Causeway.
Glorious autumn colours yet again.