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Wednesday 23 May



The good weather continues ….
A route between High Peak Junction and Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills for ten ‘short bus’ walkers, led by Barbara.
After an initial stretch of the Cromford Canal there was a northward turn towards Holloway and Lea Bridge.
Lunch in Bow Wood led on to Cromford Station and Cromford Church before the Trans Peak bus at Masson Mill.

Cromford footpath WD 112 / 40


One of today’s two ‘wildflower walks’
Monsal Head, Longstone Moor, Wardlow Mires, Cressbrook Dale
Leaders: Eileen & Terry   Photos: John

The Ramblers
Saturday 19 May


Chesterfield Walking Festival


Another fine Walking Festival day for a linear walk from Millthorpe to Holymoorside, covering most of Section 11 of the Peak District Boundary Walk.
Ten set off from the Royal Oak at Millthorpe heading for Smeekley Wood and Fox Lane Top. The Boundary Walk then led on to Birchen Edge with its weekend collection of rock climbers before a lunch stop at the Robin Hood.



On the edge of Chatsworth


Climbing on Birchen Edge





Continuing along the western edge of the Chatsworth Estate it was on to the prehistoric burial mound known as Hob Hursts House where the Boundary Walk heads down to Beeley – but we crossed Eastmoor for a finish at Holymoorside.


The Royal wedding had a miss, but we ended in time for the Cup Final.






The Ramblers
Thursday 17 May


Chesterfield Walking Festival


An excellent week weather-wise for the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival and our ten contributions to it.
Our group area may be unique in having three excellent English Heritage properties in such close proximity and today’s ‘triangular’ walk took in Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Old Hall, and Sutton Scarsdale Hall.
28 walkers, with one baby, and one dog followed a 13.5 mile route via the Bolsover Backhills, Palterton, Glapwell, Ault Hucknall, Hardwick Park, Stainsby, Heath, Sutton Scarsdale, and the Bolsover Model Village. Slightly longer than planned, owing to footpaths not being re-instated after ploughing and cropping.
All were appreciative, including the youngest participant ; baby changing stops are perhaps a new feature of our group walks ?


Hardwick Row Ponds


      





The Ramblers
Sunday 13 May

descent into Deep Dale




near the summit of Chelmorton Low

Leaders : Terry & Eileen    Photos : John   

Taddington circular  


The Ramblers
Wednesday 9 May



Sue & Isobel commented on today’s long car walk ;

Perfect walking weather to enjoy the views from the many vantage points on our circuit from Barber Booth – ideal walking weather ; bright sunshine but not too hot.
The route ascended steadily up to Hollins Cross via Greenlands, and then along the ridge with excellent views of Kinder and Castleton, to Lose Hill.
From there we descended to Edale Road and took a path through a wood by the River Noe to Bagshaw Bridge, before climbing slightly to Jaggers Clough.
The route back contoured along the other side of the Vale of Edale via Rowland Cote to Ollerbrook Booth.
A group of 14 walking 11 miles along ridges and rivers, and through woods carpeted with bluebells and white sorrel. An enjoyable day with 1750 feet of ascent.


The Ramblers
Saturday 5 May


John comments ;

Six walkers for a 17 mile circular from Cutthroat Bridge in stunning weather.
The group consisted of Nigel (Leader) John H, Mike B, myself – and two walkers from Stockport Ramblers, Kev and Mark.
We started with a stiff ascent to Ladybower Tor and progressed to Abbey Bank down the Reservoir.
Then it was up to Lost Lad and Back Tor, and on to Foulstone Delf.
Dale Dyke Reservoir was next and up to Sugworth Hall and Moscar Cross Road before a return to Cutthroat Bridge.
All happy at the finish of Nigel’s first lead.


The Ramblers
Friday 4 May


A Conduit House in the Backhills of Bolsover


More footpaths could tell the public where they’re heading

  Glapwell to Bolsover, via Palterton

   Scarcliffe B 10 / 32 footpath , near Palterton





The Ramblers
Wednesday 25 April


A Guide Stoop at the start of the bridle path to Edensor




A typical April day of sunny spells and showers.
Kath led 28 (with two dogs) on a well-trodden circular from Chatsworth’s Calton Lees car park through the Park
to Baslow, and then on to Bubnell, Pilsley, and the verdant Calton Pastures.
An eight mile round trip.






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.








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