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News Archive (August 2014)

The Ramblers
Sunday 31 August


August weather proved to be a disappointing end to the summer – but the last day redeemed itself somewhat.
John, Andrea, and Helen covered 18 miles around the rim of Dovedale, with approximately 3000 feet of ascent. A perfect day for walking, with great views throughout.


The Ramblers
Saturday 23 August


A long walk from Hathersage Station, led by John, took us to North Lees Hall, then Stanage Edge, Strines Reservoir, and up Foulstone Road to Back Tor on Derwent Edge. Thence on to Cutthroat Bridge, Bamford Edge and back to the Long John in Hathersage for a more than welcome beer.
Five participants covered 19 miles and 3,500′ of ascent – mainly in decent weather until Bamford Edge where we were caught up in a hailstorm. The duration of the walk was 8 hours including stops. Thanks for the phone photos taken by Michael. The clouds and the heather make a great combination.

Derwent Edge

Derwent Edge


Foulstone Road

Foulstone Road


The Ramblers
Wednesday 20 August


A walk led by Graham and Edna from Chapel Gate, through to the Roych Clough – to South Head and Mount Famine – thence to Bowden Bridge, Kinder Low End, Brown Knoll – onto Chapel Gate path and Rushup Edge.
An excellent route, with Brown Knoll suitably dry for a change.
We fortunately avoided the thunderstorms that were over Manchester.


Photos by John.


The Ramblers
Wednesday 20 August

Holymoorside well dressing under construction

Holymoorside well dressing under construction


The 9:30 Matlock double-decker bus was fairly full today as both bus walks used it.

The shorter walk was from Matlock to Rowsley, led by Christa
– but 16 alighted at Kelstedge for a route led by Rex back to Chesterfield,
coming back via the Amber Valley, Uppertown, the Stone Edge cupola , and Holymoorside.

There was the occasional threat of a shower, but none really materialised.

In front of the Stone Edge cupola

In front of the Stone Edge cupola


The Ramblers
Wednesday 13 August


An excellent walk led by Mel along Gardoms, Curbar, Froggatt & White Edges.
23 participants covering 11.7 miles according to Mel’s gizmo. Weather was OK apart from a few intermittent showers.
Photos by John.

Ann on Gardoms Edge

Life on the Edge



The Ramblers
Wednesday 13 August


Chee Dale is often regarded as one of the most attractive of Derbyshire Dales, but its slippery rock is never easy to negotiate – particularly when wet.
Val led nine ‘long bus walkers’ on a route from Millers Dale Station to Taddington, via Chee Dale, Topley Pike, Chelmorton, and Flagg.


Car parking charges are not usually a problem for ‘bus walkers’ but with the Peak District National Park Authority increasingly seeing car parking as a useful revenue stream, regular visitors by car may well view annual permits as a useful investment.


The Ramblers
Tuesday 12 August



We think our group is 40 years old next year, but as these videos posted by Andy Robinson show, we were obviously predated by the Spire Rambling Club.
If anyone knows anything about them, or recognises anyone on film, we would be glad to know.





The Ramblers
Saturday 9 August


More images from John of a long (20 mile) march.
All who took part finished and earned a welcome pint in the “Wheatsheaf” in Baslow.
Many thanks to Jim who led this walk.


The Ramblers
Wednesday 6 August


A good 10 mile local ‘bus’ walk from David, from Millthorpe to Holymoorside – via Bluster Castle & Linacre.
A couple of quick showers didn’t mar an otherwise fine day.


The Ramblers
Sunday 3 August


A walk from Derbyshire Bridge led by Gavin. The forecast rain never did materialise and the excellent walk was completed in time to celebrate both Edna and Graham’s birthdays with a well earned drink. Photos by John.


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