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News Archive (April 2018)

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.