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News Archive (December 2022)

The Ramblers

Wednesday 21 December



Leader: Bill   Photo: Basil

On the shortest day of the year, ten Ramblers took the bus to Cartledge for a five mile linear walk to the South Sheffield suburb of Batemoor.

The Sheffield skyline above Dore & Totley golf course

A dry day with bright blue sky was not an opportunity to be missed for a final bit of healthy outdoor exercise before the season’s excesses.
The leader stressed the need for caution at the start in view of the muddy, potentially slippery, path surfaces, and the odd ‘difficult’ stile – any potential accidents likely to be compounded by the ambulance strike.
However, the participants accepted the modest risks, because they were aware that inactivity at home could pose far greater problems.
Along the way Bill provided sherry and Fred provided mince pies. All present were in good heart, with fine views along the way.
The approach to Batemoor via Barnes Lane and Greenhill Park, gave a blue sky view with Norton Water Tower, and Herdings flats standing proud.

The walkers completed the route unscathed.
Batemoor gives access to Chesterfield, via the X17 good service, but some hesitated, and went for an early winter warming drink nearby.

Shillito Woods

Ramsley Moor, Big Moor, Longshaw, Totley Moor, Salter Sitch Bridge

Leader & Photo: Mel

Gathering at Shillito Woods on a bright sunny midwinter’s day, the walk commenced along the roadside to reach the entrance to Ramsley Moor. After crossing the Dam wall, the brightly lit and now shrivelling remains of the numerous patches of ferns, adorned the sides of the broad track leading to the Owler Bar Baslow Road.
After crossing the road, the track leading alongside Bar Brook was followed to the entrance to the Barbrook Stone Circle 1
After walking through the Circle a short detour, led by Clive, was followed to reach the much restored Barbrook Stone Circle 2

Barbrook Stone Circle 2

Here an opportunity was taken to take a group photograph before following a well-defined path back to the main trail alongside the Bar Brook.
Coffee and tea were taken at the remains of the Dam wall of the main Bar Brook reservoir with a small herd of deer being spotted on the high moor at the back of White Edge.
Refreshed, the route then skirted the eastern edge of the remains of the reservoir before crossing the moor to reach Bar Brook Bridge. A short steady climb past Lady Cross saw the group reach the high point above White Edge Lodge where a turn east led to the junction of the B6054 and the A627.
After walking parallel to the road for some 500 metres the route turned east to head for the Totley Tunnel air vent on Totley Moss.
Following a fairly brief lunch, shortened by a biting wind, the route then crossed the moor to Flask Edge and thence to Salter Sitch Bridge.
Back then on to Big Moor to reach Greaves Piece and Car Road.
A short section of the Car Road was then used to reach the path below Hewetts Bank which was followed back to the car park at Shillito Woods.

Monday 19 December

Rowmaps rights of way map

Sheffield Country Walk

A rights of way officer at Sheffield Council, in responding to a dodgy stile problem on the Sheffield Country Walk, pointed out that the short portion of it was in Holmesfield parish, and did not feature on the Derbyshire definitive rights of way map.

To have it incorporated it has to be shown that it has been in public use for 20 years.

Creating a right of way

The 20 year rule depends on user evidence from people who know, have walked the path in recent years, and can respond to simple questions.
If you fall into this category you would help if you can complete this user evidence form and forward it to us at

Wednesday 14 December

Christmas Lunch

Baslow, Gardoms Edge, Birchen Edge, Nelson’s Monument, Wellington Monument, Bar Road, Wheatsheaf Hotel

Leaders: Gavin & Rhona   Photos: Mel

Nelson’s Monument

Birchen Edge

Wednesday 7 December

Stone the Crows

Eyam, Leadmill Bridge, Grindleford, Froggatt Edge, Stoney Middleton

Leaders: John & Tricia   Photo: Mel

The group at Froggatt Bridge


Holmebrook Valley Park, Barlow

Leader: Andrew

Despite a cold start, and the prospect of some snow possible in the not too distant future, four regular bus ramblers set off walking from Chesterfield Town Centre for a 6.5 mile circuit.

The sky was soon blue and a new Interpretation Panel installed by the Don Catchment Rivers Trust was noted as the Holme Brook was followed upstream to Holmebrook Valley Park. We were pleased to notice that the café was open and busy, and the toilets had been re-opened following the latest incidence of mindless, but costly, vandalism.
The park is well used by many including young families and the enjoyment of users spoiled by a few.

We continued over to Cutthorpe and down to Barlow Ponds to follow the Barlow Brook back to Sheepbridge, finally catching a bus at Dunston.
An excellent interesting walk with fine views.

The Crowhole Brook, Sud Brook, Linacre Brook, Holme Brook, River Hipper, Barlow Brook, Millthorpe Brook, Black Car Lumb, and Dunston Brook, which shaped this geography, are all part of a section of the River Don Catchment which is now being monitored and improved by the Don Catchment Rivers Trust, whose latest newsletter details local work – including on Calow Brook.