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News Archive (January 2018)

The Ramblers
Wednesday 31 January

The day after ITV revealed Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies Stone Circle as one of the UK’s 100 favourite walks, John led a group of 11 across it.

It was winter muddy with occasional wintry showers / blizzards keeping a lid on temperatures.
The X17 bus to Matlock was on time – so we had almost 30 minutes to connect with the 10:29 Bus 217 from the Railway Station Terminus to take us to Beeley for the start of the walk.
In sunshine we walked up to Smeltingmill Wood, through the remnants of Burntwood Quarry, and down to Rowsley.
From Rowsley we continued to Stanton Woodhouse and up on to Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies circle for lunch – by which time the hail/snow showers had started.
Dropping down near Birchover we headed for Winster but turned off to follow Clough Lane down to Darley Dale and buses back to Bakewell or Matlock – and onward to Chesterfield, etc.
In all a pleasant 8 mile walk, mainly following the
Peak District Boundary Walk.

A journey to the ‘south’ for Mel’s group ;

Encouraged by a bright winter sun 16 ramblers left Ironville walking alongside Codnor Park Reservoir, with its early morning fishermen.
Following a steady climb to Butterley and Ripley a short break was taken at the skate park, before moving on to Codnor Gate, with excellent views over the Erewash Valley along the way.
Lunch was taken at Codnor Castle, then on to Woodlinkin – before dropping back into the valley to cross the river Erewash at the northern edge of the Aldecar Flash nature reserve.
Following a short climb to Brindley Hall the group turned north for the return journey to Ironville, finishing the walk along a short section of the Cromford Canal.

The Ramblers
Sunday 28 January

Lorraine led this week’s Sunday walk ;

Six of us (including two visitors) set off from Cromford Meadows in dry, mild conditions for a 10.3 mile route.
We headed through Bow Wood towards Lea Bridge and Lea Wood, before descending to the Cromford Canal by the Pumphouse.
A quick coffee break at High Peak Junction before we joined the Midshires Way.
Despite the pleasant weather, we failed to see any climbers on Black Rocks as we made our way on the High Peak Trail to the National Stone Centre.
Arriving at Stoney Wood, a community woodland on the site of the old Stoneycroft Quarry in Wirksworth, we stopped to appreciate the Labyrinth and Peace Tree on the short (but steep) climb to the top of the woodland. Here sits the Star Disc, a 21st century stone circle and celestial amphitheatre.
Perfect timing for a well-earned lunch stop.
After refuelling, we headed across fields to briefly rejoin the High Peak Trail before crossing Middleton Moor.
Through the village, we descended by Groaning Tor and Slinter Woods, making our way back to base.
An enjoyable, dry day with great company and a little mud?!

Star Disc, Wirksworth

The Ramblers
Saturday 27 January

Mel comments ;

Starting from Poolsbrook Country Park, 13 members completed a 9 mile walk taking in the recently formed wildlife area along the Pools Brook.
After a short climb to Duckmanton we followed a route through Long Duckmanton, Sutton Hall and Sutton Spring Wood before taking lunch in the White Hart car park at Calow.
From here it was a short hop to join the path along the now defunct mineral rail bed that stretched between Arkwright and Ireland collieries for the return to the country park.

David Blunkett was elected President of the South Yorkshire & NE Derbyshire Area of the Ramblers, at the Annual General meeting which was held today in Rotherham.
In responding to his election Lord Blunkett said ;

I’m very pleased to have been asked to be president of the South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Area of the Ramblers.
I take great pleasure in walking in the countryside and appreciate what Ramblers do to help people enjoy the wonderful network of footpaths we have in this country.

Area Chairman, Allen Pestell responded that ;

David was ideal for the position and hoped that his involvement would help to raise the profile of the Ramblers’ work in encouraging people of all abilities and backgrounds to enjoy the pleasures and benefits of walking …. the Ramblers have a proud tradition of joining with others to protect and enjoy the countryside.
Our involvement has led to the development of various sub groups with both physical and other disabilities.
We have three formal groups of visually impaired members and some groups work with others on a less formal basis.
Interacting with visually impaired walkers brings benefits to us all.

The Area Secretary, David Gadd added ;

All nine local Groups in this Area of the Ramblers work hard to offer a full and varied walking programme as well as working to further the Ramblers’ other charitable objectives. We are all aware of the benefits of walking to our physical, as well as to our social and emotional health.
Regular walking is a wonderful way to keep fit and enjoy the company of others.

Added encouragement no doubt for our own walks with the visually impaired, with the next one from Eckington on 17 February.

The Ramblers
Monday 22 January

A group of 17 Monday walkers on Stanton Moor today             Leader: David    Photos: John

The Ramblers
Saturday 20 January

Kath comments on the first walk with the visually impaired in 2018 ;

25 walkers + 4 lively guide dogs set off from the Carnarvon Arms on a four mile route along the Teversal trails, before returning to the pub for a New Year lunch.
The weather was on the miserable side but fortunately it wasn’t icy underfoot, so the walk went without incident.
32 sat down to the lunch which included 3 guests from the Derby group and several old friends who no longer walk with us.
So a pleasant time was had by all.

The Ramblers
Friday 19 January

Having recently walked Brampton with an old map, it was time to do Newbold with the same.
A dozen walkers, a mixture of Ramblers and Walking for Health, set off on a bright morning to follow some of the old footpaths and remind ourselves of features from previous times and how the area has developed over the last century.

Deceptively sunny and unfortunately some treacherous black ice resulted in only three completing the full course.
It can perhaps be repeated on a better day.

    1898 local map

Our disappearing urban rights of way (data from rowmaps and routino)

The Ramblers
Wednesday 17 January

Sue writes ;

A day of sunshine and hail showers for the longer car walkers today.
From Rivelin Mill Bridge, six hardy souls trekked through several inches of lying snow to Wyming Brook via Rivelin Edge and Redmires conduit.
The original plan was to head across the moors from Redmires Reservoirs, but the further we went, the deeper the snow got – so we decided drop down Wyming Brook Drive to Rivelin Dams instead, before returning via a very wet and muddy path through the woods to our starting point.
Just under 8 miles with over 1000ft of ascent.

A short taste of the 190 mile Peak District Boundary Walk.
Millthorpe to the Robin Hood pub for a dozen bus walkers, led by David. Part of Section 11 from Millthorpe to Beeley.
Rapidly thawing snow made for difficult conditions at low level with footpaths turned into streams, but a bit higher up the snow made for some good walking.
With deteriorating weather conditions the group quit at lunchtime while they were ahead, and caught the Hulleys bus back to Chesterfield.

Fox Lane, near Shillito Wood

The full Section 11 on a better day

Today’s walk

The Ramblers
Saturday 13 January

Company for the Killamarsh statues

The Ramblers
Wednesday 10 January

Overnight rain fortunately cleared for Ann’s Holymoorside circular.
A dry, mild day, with a touch of sun in the afternoon.
18 followed an 11 mile clockwise route from Holymoorside Village Hall via Harper Hill, Stone Edge, Wadshelf, and Frith Hall.
A fair amount of mud resulted in relatively slow progress, but it is January after all.

The Ramblers
Friday 5 January

The last of our seven contributions to the Ramblers’ ‘Winter Walks Festival’ repeated one of the Chesterfield Walking Festival routes of last May.
A group of 12, armed with an old map, ventured into deepest Brampton to discover what remains of its industrial heritage.
The 4.5 mile circular route from Chesterfield Town Hall was again led by David.
A pity about the constant morning rain and the muddy conditions, even within an urban area.
Now we know why the Chesterfield Walking Festival is in May.

1898 local map

The 1898 map will again be dragged out on Friday 19 January for the venture into the past of Chesterfield’s northern suburbs.