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News Archive (December 2014)

The Ramblers
Wednesday 31 December

For those who really needed to combine walking and shopping Andrew led eight on a New Years Eve ten mile bus walk, starting at Morrisons in Halfway and finishing at Morrisons in Catcliffe.

A happy new year to Ramblers everywhere.
Prospective ramblers are always welcome to turn up at any of our walks to try us out.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 24 December

Walks tend to be a bit more local at the darkest time of the year. The medium car walkers took an Ashover route. Thanks to Paul for the photos.

The Ramblers
Saturday 20 December

Sue and Gwenda led 18 around Scarcliffe Woods on the December visually impaired walk, ending with a Christmas lunch for 25 at the Elm Tree. Sue even produced her son William, who happened to be a bit of a magician, for the group’s entertainment at the pub.
Sight Support Derbyshire
The Ramblers
Wednesday 17 December

Kath and John took 27, including a guest walker from Norfolk, on a seven mile route from Bakewell Old Station on to the Monsal Trail via Great and Little Longstone. Poor conditions meant Plan B was activated, but it was nevertheless a good walk.

The Ramblers
Monday 15 December

Birchen Edge  with a slim Nelson Monument

Birchen Edge with a slim Nelson Monument

The Robin Hood Inn – with its National Trust car park – and just outside our home area, is a regular starting place for walks.
Seven walkers followed a fairly traditional six mile route past the Nelson and Wellington Monuments, down into Baslow, and then back to the Robin Hood via the Victoria Stone – commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
The Nelson Monument, in recognition of the Battle of Trafalgar, is a modest column – but at least it did predate the London one.
Thanks to Joyce for leading and providing some seasonal mince-pies and chocolates en route.

The Ramblers
Saturday 13 December

Linacre Reservoir

Linacre Reservoir

Cathy led eleven on the walk today from the centre of Chesterfield.
It was billed as a bacon butty walk.
Start as you mean to go on. After the advertised bacon butty at the No 10 tea room in Falcons Yard the group walked out on the South Chesterfield way to Holymoorside.
There they had mulled wine, mince pies and mini pieces of Christmas cake.
Then onto Brampton and Linacre Reservoir where a stop was made for lunch and Christmas tree chocolates.

The route back to Chesterfield followed the North Chesterfield way.
Lots of sunshine, some mud and a great festive time. Santa hats the order of the day.
Nine miles in all to combat the calorie intake.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 10 December

A bright but blustery day as Nora led seven walkers from Grassmoor Country Park along the Holmewood section of the Five Pits Trail.
The Five Pits Trail near Holmewood

The Five Pits Trail near Holmewood

Part of the 34 mile Chesterfield Round Walk runs along the Trail.
This will celebrate its 10th anniversary next May as part of the Chesterfield Walking Festival.
Booking for the Festival opens in January.

Chesterfield Round Walk

Chesterfield Round Walk


Pleasley Park

Andrew led twelve walkers into Nottinghamshire today. The group took the bus to Shirebrook and then on to Church Warsop before wending their way back to catch the Pronto at Pleasley on a reasonably mud-free route.

Another Andrew also led a walk today – and it was another Nottinghamshire visit.
To-day’s long car ramble – after partaking of bacon cobs and coffee – saw 24 members leaving the car park at Langold Country Park for a 10 mile walk, via the villages of Letwell and Firbeck.

Yet another venture into Nottinghamshire today, this time for the medium car walkers. A six mile walk along the Teversal Trails and a welcome Christmas Lunch at the Carnarvon Arms.
Thanks to Eric for leading, Tony for booking the meal, and Paul for the photos.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 3 December

Rare December ‘wall to wall’ sunshine and Mediterranean blue skies for 17 of us, on a walk led by Jean from the Robin Hood Inn.
One of our ‘stock’ routes along the hillside behind Chatsworth to Beeley, finishing with a walk through Chatsworth Park to catch a bus in Baslow.
A nine mile well worn route you never tire of, especially on such a glorious winter’s day.

A good eight mile car walk from Tideswell, with the theme of agriculture and industry from medieval times. Thanks to Ruth and Margaret for leading.
Thanks also to Paul for the photos.

Volunteer development days

Following the success of the programme of volunteer development days, which took place throughout England and Wales earlier this year, there will be a further 13 events which will take place from January to September 2015. The days are an opportunity for members to come along and learn more about the work of the Ramblers, take part in training to support them in their volunteer role and to share their experiences with other volunteers.
A range of workshop topics will be on offer, including training on Ramblers Routes, leading walks and promoting our Ramblers group or area.
Attendance is free, lunch and refreshments are provided, and travel expenses can be reimbursed centrally.

The nearest event is in Doncaster on Friday 15 May 2015.

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