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News Archive (July 2017)

The Ramblers
Saturday 29 July

A circular from Rushup Edge, via Hayfield, Mount Famine, and South Head with guests from other groups         Photos: John

Cathy, Pat, and Hilary on a Jacob’s Ladder and Grindsbrook circular

The Ramblers

Saturday 22 July    

Foolow, Great Hucklow, Abney & Offerton Moors         Leader: Mike    Photos: Mel

The Ramblers
Wednesday 19 July

Bamford Edge

Walking the Edges        Leaders: Hilary & Tony    Photo: Mel

The Ramblers
Saturday 15 July

The Wellington Monument, Baslow Edge

Kath reports on the walk with the visually impaired ;

We did about a 4.5 mile circular from the Curbar Gap car park.
Over towards White Edge and then on to the Wellington Monument ; down the track towards Baslow and then we turned off to return under Baslow Edge.
15 in total, which included three visually impaired walkers and one guide dog.
Leaders were myself and John.

The next visually impaired walk is with Kay
on 19 August from Fox House.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 12 July

Wensley Dale

12 ‘long bus’ walkers, led by David took a linear route from Matlock to Birchover, via Wensley and Winster.
For the second consecutive week we encountered a group from Derbyshire Dales Ramblers on our travels.
A beautiful walking day and a good drink outside Bakewell’s Red Lion whilst waiting for a bus back to Chesterfield.

Severe path blockage near Wensley
(already reported to the County Council ; an update to FixMyStreet posted)

Lunch by a Winster ‘story chair’

A perfect summer’s day for the ‘long car’ group ; warm and sunny after a chilly start.
24 ramblers, led by Sue, tackled the 11.5 mile round walk from Upper Burbage Bridge.

Our route took us along Burbage Edge, through Longshaw and Hay Wood to Grindleford.
From there we walked along the river to Leadmill Bridge looking out for dippers; one was seen.
After Hathersage we returned through fields and woods and over moorland via Over Owler Tor and Higger Tor, where a coach-load of orange helmeted children had spent the day rock climbing, supported by rangers and instructors.
Our total ascent was 1837 ft.

The Ramblers
Sunday 9 July

Derwent Edge walk  

Leaders: Eileen & Terry    Photos: John

The Ramblers
Wednesday 5 July

Bamford Station

Another trip up the Hope Valley for a group of 16, led by David.
An anti-clockwise circular route from Bamford Station via Bamford Moor and Ladybower.
We had a chance meeting on the Thornhill Trail with a group from Derbyshire Dales Ramblers on their Win Hill circular.

Our route was billed as a megalith walk, but since a prior reconnoitre had failed to find the Bamford Moor Stone Circle, perhaps hidden by heather and bracken, we simply enjoyed the views from Bamford Edge instead.

Ladybower from Bamford Edge

The Ramblers
Monday 3 July

A walk in the afternoon from Dronfield for a change.
A route of 4.5 miles around the Frith and Metapic Woods, led by David.
One of the walkers was Sue, who has recently completed 100 miles in 48 hours as part of a
LDWA challenge.
She came for David’s guide to the industrial history of the area rather than the length of the walk.

The Ramblers
Sunday 2 July

A Monyash based walk, down Lathkill Dale – back by Bradford Dale and the Limestone Way.
Leaders: Jackie & Alan    Photos: John

The Ramblers
Saturday 1 July

Into July, after a topsy-turvy month of June weather.

A report on the first strenuous walk of the month by John ;

The decision to walk looked dubious, as the weather was awful at the start, foggy and wet.
I nearly missed the turn off at Flask – it was that bad.
Five starters, two from Chesterfield Ramblers and three from Derbyshire Dales group.
We began in misty conditions, but the weather was improving all the time as we approached Lud’s Church – and when arriving at the Hanging Stone Rock, things were much better.
Arriving at Swythamley Hall we were greeted by intermittent sunshine and on towards The Gun and Gun End it was superb with views towards the Roaches, Hen Cloud, and Five Clouds. Brilliant sun and extensive views.
Walking back towards Gradbach Mill it was pleasantly warm and we all completed the walk in good spirits, having walked 17 miles and covered about 800 metres of ascent.