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News Archive (August 2019)

The Ramblers
Wednesday 28 August


Leader: Michael

Eight of us travelled by bus to Moscar Lodge for a five mile walk to High Bradfield.
There was rain in the forecast and it duly arrived just before we had finished our trek over
Ughill Moor.
It was heavy and persistent for a while which meant we had to abandon our favoured stop for lunch with views of Strines and Dale Dyke Reservoirs.
Instead we sought partial shelter in nearby woodland.
Eventually the rain eased off and we were able to complete the walk in comparatively dry conditions.
The return bus took us to Hillsborough where we had to transfer to a replacement bus to the city as the trams were not running.


Palterton, Stony Houghton, Scarcliffe

Leader: Bill   Photo: John           

The Ramblers
Wednesday 21 August


Somersall, Brampton, Linacre, Wigley

Leader: Dermot   Photo: Mel     

Climbing out of Linacre

21 walkers assembled in Holymoorside for a 10.5 mile ‘long car’ walk on a dullish August day.
The walk followed the river to Somersall and then the paths to Linacre Reservoirs, where we stopped for coffee and ‘rocky road’.
The sun then started to shine.
We then headed on to Cutthorpe and doubled back to take lunch by the top reservoir at Linacre where we were treated to lemon drizzle cake.
After lunch we made our way back to Holymoorside via Frith Hall and Ladywood Farms.
A good time was had by all.

Robin Hood

Leaders: Bob & Anne                         

When Chatsworth House is absolutely inundated with cars it’s remarkable how few people venture into the Estate.
A quiet route for 12 from the Robin Hood Inn, via the Hunting Tower, Stand Wood, Beeley, and the Hell Bank Plantation.

The Ramblers
Monday 19 August

Barlow Well Dressings

Barlow Commonside, Barlow Fishery

Leader: David  

A beautiful morning for a leisurely ‘step’ tour of the three Barlow wells and the Fishery – ending with lunchtime refreshment at the Peacock

The Ramblers
Sunday 18 August


Wheston, Hay Dale, Flag Dale, Chee Dale Nature Reserve, Monks Dale Farm

Leaders: Terry & Eileen   Photo: John

Coffee break at Hay Dale

The Ramblers
Wednesday 14 August



Leader: Basil          

On our group walks we count them out and we count them back ….

Only three of us on today’s Whittington circular, probably due to forecast thunderstorms and torrential rain.
As usual we were fortunate and only experienced light drizzle and wet muddy boots.
The route was largely a County Council promoted route but it is now lacking regular maintenance.
A circuit of around ten miles completed in a good time.
Highlight was the impressive display of tree carvings, metal sculptures, and humour at Manor Farm, Handley – well done to them.
Pleased also to find Unstone Footpath 16 now follows the correct cross field definitive line – and that this had been cleared but lightly.
Good grey views, a welcome in The Miners Arms in Hundall – what more do you want from a good day out?

The Ramblers
Saturday 10 August

Gringley on the Hill

Wiseton, Clayton

Leader: Collin   Photo: Mel

Gringley Lock

The Ramblers
Wednesday 7 August

The descent into Winster


Leader: Basil

Some ominous black clouds on this Matlock circular, but serious rain was avoided.
A route following the Limestone Way to Bonsall and Winster, with an afternoon return through Clough Wood and Darley Bridge
– and time for a pint in the Matlock Wetherspoons awaiting the bus.
14 on the walk, which followed a similar route to that of November 2017

Bob’s Birthday Bash

Ashford in the Water, Churchdale Hall, Monsal Head, Taddington Field, Little Shacklow Wood

Leader: Bob   Photos: John

Foxstone Dam

The Ramblers
Thursday 1 August

Foxstone Wood & Dam

Leader: Michael

Two guests met me in Eckington for
today’s short walk.
They were husband and wife who belonged to Mansfield Ramblers and live in Crystal Peaks.
It was clear they were keen walkers and they told me they used the internet to find walks whenever they were in different parts of the country.
The reason they came on this walk was that, although they were familiar with walks from Eckington, they had never been to Foxstone Wood & Dam.
It is one of the Eckington Heritage Walks.
The walk went very well and it was no problem keeping the conversation going, and very worthwhile in being able to introduce my companions to an area new to them.
The weather behaved itself and we finished in plenty of time before the heavens opened.

When doing the walk about a month ago a bridle way leading off from the Staveley road was severely overgrown and almost impassable in places.
This was reported to Derbyshire County Council, who replied that the bridle way in question was due two cuts.
I am pleased to report that it had been cleared and was easily walked. Glad that the problem was acted upon.