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News Archive (January 2016)

The Ramblers
Wednesday 27 January


Tony led a party of 18 ramblers on an 8 mile walk starting from Poolsbrook Country Park ;

We joined the Cuckoo Way at Lowgates and then headed for Mastin Moor and Barlborough – where we walked down Slayley Lane on to the old railway line.
We had lunch under the M1 bridge which proved appropriate as the heavens opened. Fortunately it had stopped by the time we carried on to Woodthorpe and Netherthorpe, and then back to our starting point.
In general the conditions were much better than expected.

Pilsley, near Chatsworth last week – but Pilsley in NE Derbyshire today for the ‘long bus’ walkers.
Val led 15 on a route from North Wingfield to Alfreton, via the Five Pits Trail and its Tom Hulatt mile, Tibshelf, and Blackwell.
Showers of horizontal rain from time to time, but they combined with very strong winds with which to dry off.

The Ramblers
Saturday 23 January

Mel reports ;

Starting from Ringwood Park, 13 members took advantage of the winter sun and local paths to trace a 9 mile route through Westwood (stopping for a group photograph at the carved statues), Duckmanton and Woodthorpe before dropping down to the Norbriggs Cutting.
Following a leisurely lunch at the side of the Cuckoo Way and a short stop to take in the remains of the historic Puddle Bank, the route then continued past the Staveley basin for a tea and cakes stop at the Hub before returning to Ringwood.


The Ramblers
Wednesday 20 January

(Photos by John of today’s Cromford / Riber loop walk)

A beautiful January day, offering plenty of Vitamin D.
After a misty start in Pilsley (near Chatsworth) 16 walkers led by David took a route in great sunshine via Edensor, Chatsworth House, Eastmoor, and Holy Moor to Holymoorside.
The route went into Edensor Churchyard to see the Kennedy grave and also to a totally different type of grave on Beeley Moor at Hob Hurst’s House.

The Ramblers
Saturday 16 January

Kath reports ;

A good turn out for the walk with the visually impaired – 18 in total, which included 7 visually impaired and two guests from the Derby group.
We did 5 miles from Linacre top car park around the top reservoir, up to Priestly Farm, Hemming Green, and then over to Frith Hall.
A return to Linacre via Old Brampton.
The walk was led by Kay who was kind enough to keep us out of the mud!


The Ramblers
Wednesday 13 January

Kath & Eric’s route from the Carr Vale Nature Reserve attracted 30 walkers today.
A journey along the Stockley Trail to Heath Church, with a lunch stop at Stainsby Mill on the Hardwick Estate.
Another walk to Staveley and back, but by a different route to last December.
Ellis led 14 from Chesterfield Railway Station, via the Chesterfield Canal to Staveley, returning
via the Trans Pennine Trail and Calow.
Largely a track based walk, avoiding most mud. Good to get some winter sunshine.

Solar panel crops near Arkwright get the benefit of rare winter sun

Solar panel crops near Arkwright get the benefit of rare winter sun


The Ramblers
Tuesday 12 January


Recorded & non-recorded paths

Recorded & non-recorded paths

Under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act of 2000, paths (footpaths and bridleways) which existed before 1949 and which aren’t recorded on definitive maps by 31 December 2025 will be extinguished.
There are only ten years now to go before the cut-off date for recording public rights of way on the County Council definitive map.
Some paths marked on Open Street Map may have been there before 1949 ; others may qualify for recording under the 20 year rights of way usage rule.
There is work to do if we want the best possible walking network in 2026 and legal processes on this topic move slowly.
Perhaps a ‘Big Pathwatch +’ ?

The path to 2026


The Ramblers
Sunday 10 January

Redmires Reservoir

Redmires Reservoir




At last a sunny and dry (if cooler) day for 17 on an 11 mile circular walk from Fox House to
Redmires Reservoir and back.
Gavin & Rhona were leading.





The Ramblers
Wednesday 6 January

A Grassmoor circular for the ‘long car’ group, with a route via the Five Pits Trail, Heath, Sutton Scarsdale, Calow Green, and Corbriggs.
Mike led 26 who by now are becoming quite used to this winter’s mud. Another mild day with a touch of warm January sun at lunchtime.


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