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News Archive (December 2015)

The Ramblers
Wednesday 30 December

A surprise frosting of car windows on New Year’s Eve was very much against the grain of this year’s winter weather.
A damp, mild walk for a select band of four on Gavin and Rhona’s ‘moor to moor’ walk the previous day.
Totley Moor as seen on a colder winter’s day.

The Ramblers
Tuesday 29 December

David writes ;

After a near 8 year battle, footpath 38 in the Parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway is finally open to walkers once again.
This follows a decision of the Planning Inspector, after a Public Inquiry, to uphold an Order made by Derbyshire County Council.
Many of you will have walked this once popular path, which starts opposite Smedley’s Mill at Lea Bridge and leads onto the ‘Nightingale Arm’ of the Cromford Canal near High Peak Junction.
The path was quiet when I walked it today
(unlike the canal towpath proper,
which was heaving).

There are some residual issues still to be sorted – signage needs improving and the offending gate (complete with a spiked top which has proved a formidable barrier during the closure period) is now wide open. But I personally doubt it should be there at all. There are also some misleading ‘Private Property’ notices still in place.

The Canal towpath has also reopened after being closed for a few weeks so that resurfacing work could be carried out between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction.
Derbyshire County Council has made an excellent job and its clear that a significant amount of work has been carried out.


The Ramblers
Sunday 27 December



‘I saw three ships come sailing in ….’
Victory and Royal Sovereign are obvious companions to the Nelson Monument on Birchen Edge – but why was Defiance chosen, out of the other 25 Trafalgar ships ?


The Ramblers
Wednesday 23 December


Christmas in the Westwood

Christmas in the Westwood


The Ramblers
Saturday 19 December

December’s walk with the visually impaired got off to a festive start with sherry and chocolate biscuits.
From the Olde House in Newbold the happy group progressed through Holmebrook Valley Country Park, Cutthorpe, and Linacre before returning to the Olde House for Christmas lunch.
A good turn out of 22, including 8 visually impaired and 3 guide dogs, did the walk – and were joined by 4 more for the lunch.
The leaders were Barbara and Jack.
Many thanks to all who organise and support these monthly walks throughout the year.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 16 December


When will we get a proper frost to harden all the mud ?
Basil led 14 on a circular from Chesterfield Railway Station, via Tapton, Calow, Brimington, and Staveley – on a very mild December day that again defied the average temperatures for the time of year.
The first stage followed Transition Chesterfield’s Hospital trail, via Tapton Golf Course. From there it was on to Calow for a first visit to the Westwood. Down via Ringwood Park to the Hollingwood Hub on the Chesterfield Canal and a walk along to and over Constitution Hill Bridge.
The route back from Staveley was via the Trans Pennine Trail, Inkersall, the Westwood again, and Tapton.
The full route.


The Ramblers
Saturday 12 December

A bit of a wet Saturday for Cathy’s Rowthorne walk – so a group of five was very commendable ;

We started from Rowthorne car park and walked to Pleasley Pit, where we had bacon butties.
Then along the trail for quite a while, across a large field and into Teversal village – and through Lady Spencer Wood into Hardwick where we sat among the Christmas trees for lunch.
Lots of chocolate biscuits and chatting. Then back to the cars.
Nine wet miles which we all enjoyed.
Once you’re wet, you’re wet.
The weather, although damp was mild and not too windy – but it took a few days to dry all the clothes, boots and rucksack.


The Ramblers
Wednesday 9 December

The Haddon Estate

The Haddon Estate

Another bus trip to Matlock for the ‘long bus’ walkers.
Still no sign of seasonal winter weather as Jean led a group of ten on a fairly direct route to Bakewell, via Darley Dale and Rowsley stations – with a break for lunch at the Rowsley Peak Shopping village.
Return buses from Bakewell were via Chatsworth and Baslow to Chesterfield.



The Ramblers
Wednesday 2 December

Looking back to Riber from the Heights of Abraham

Looking back to Riber from the Heights of Abraham

14 walkers took the X17 bus to Matlock Green for a more hilly than usual route back to Matlock – via Riber, Lea, Cromford,
and the
Heights of Abraham.
A dry but dull and mild December day with the indomitable Ellis in charge.

A local walk for the ‘long car’ people, led by Mel ;

A group consisting of 18 members set out to enjoy our local countryside following a route taking in some of our surrounding villages, hamlets and the Eastern Moors.
Starting in Holymoorside we passed through Upper Loads, Harewood Grange, Peasunhurst and Spitewinter, crossing both Long Line and Holy Moor in the process, before returning via Stone Edge Golf course and Gladwin Woods.