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News Archive (July 2019)

The Ramblers
Wednesday 31 July

Derby to Mickleover

Leader: Jean

Basil writes ;

Our final July walk for the public transport section began with seven members taking the early train to Derby to meet our local resident member, Jean, at the Station.
This took place after a wet week with more rain a strong possibility – but that did not deter the regulars.
Setting off from Derby Station we admired the swollen River Derwent as we headed north before turning to join part of the
Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk and then on to Mickleover.
All eight survived pretty much dry and enjoyed seeing a different part of the county before returning by train.
Once again the Derbyshire Wayfarer proved its value.

Water, Water Everywhere but Bring a Drop to Drink

Derwent Edge, Back Tor, Lost Lad, Fairholmes.
Lockerbrook & Crookhill Farms

Leader: Mike

The title of Mike’s walk from Ladybower should have been a description of the reservoirs, not the weather.

I heard on the radio, driving home, today’s weather described as Biblical.
I would not disagree with that, nor, I think, would the seven who came with me.
Nevertheless a round trip of 11 Miles, starting from Ashopton Viaduct and going via Whinstone Lee Tor, Back Tor, Fairholmes, Lockerbrook & Crookhill Farms, was enjoyed (or so they told me) by all who came.
Thanks to Gore Tex and all the other Texes for making the day as dry as possible.

The Ramblers
Thursday 25 July

Heath Well Dressings

Leader: David

A short morning walk from Sutton Scarsdale to Heath to view the Well Dressings / Flower Festival.
The idea was to continue on to Grassmoor, but with the temperature soaring above 30 degrees the mission was aborted.

The Children’s Well
Monies to go to the Helipad Appeal at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Heath Church Flower Festival with its theme of ‘Famous Derbyshire People’

The Ramblers
Wednesday 24 July

Ups & Downs in the Moss Valley

Leader: David

Must be a long time since I last started a walk from Troway, as few of our party of ten had been there before.
On a lovely sunny evening we used several of the many bridleways in the Moss Valley for our four mile walk.
Our route took us through woods and over fields – with the farmer out late harvesting the corn in one of them.
From Troway we walked past Geer Lane Farm, Litfield Farm and up to Carterhall Farm – on the boundary between Derbyshire and Yorkshire (and East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber).
We then returned past Povey Farm and Sicklebrook Farm.
Owler Car Lane was just passable through the encroaching brambles – sad to see this broad track in such a state, especially as our own volunteers used to clear it so effectively before Derbyshire County Council withdrew its support.
Most of us then went and enjoyed a drink in the garden at the welcoming Gate Inn – a real country pub.

Three Churches & Three Dales

Wardlow, Tideswell, Millers Dale

Leader: Andrew   Photos: Mel                       

                   Three guests from London, Essex, and Somerset

The Ramblers
Wednesday 17 July

Around Chatsworth

Leader: John

A fairly comprehensive clockwise circular around the Chatsworth Estate, from the Calton Lees car park – taking in Calton Pastures, Ballcross, Edensor, Chatsworth House itself, the Hunting Tower, and Beeley.
25 in the group, which included five welcome guests from Lincoln as well as one from Derbyshire Dales. Another lady joined us in training for a forthcoming walk along the (flatter) streets of London.

Calton Pastures


Leader: Steve

Steve’s first walk as leader today around his home area of Killamarsh covered the Westthorpe Hills, Hut Lane, Norwood, the Chesterfield Canal, and the Rother Valley Country Park.
A good route of about 10 miles in fine, warm weather for ten walkers, including two guests.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 10 July

Mi Amigo

Leader: Basil

A linear walk from Sheffield Market in the heart of the city, via Sheffield Cemetery and the
Botanical Gardens with its Bear Pit to Endcliffe Park, where we had a chat with the ‘ever present (?)’ Tony Foulds at the ‘Mi Amigo’ crash site.
After lunch in the Park it was a steady climb up the Porter Valley to Porter Clough – followed by a descent of the Limb Valley to Whirlow Brook and a bus into Sheffield City Centre – for a quick connection to the Chesterfield bound X17.
Seven in the group.

The Ramblers
Friday 5 July


Leader: David

A morning stroll today from the 16A bus stop at Linacre, around the three reservoirs, and finishing at the Corve Way bus stop in Holme Hall.
Linacre Reservoirs are a gem right on Chesterfield’s doorstep, especially so on a warm day like today when a breeze from the water and the shade of the woods cool things down.

Linacre Reservoirs

The Ramblers
Wednesday 3 July

Around Hardwick

Leader: Kathryn   Photo: Mel

Dragon’s Back

Longnor, Barrow Moor, Hollins Clough, Chrome Hill

Leaders: John & Tricia   

Alport (2)

Leader: Val

The second of Val’s three ‘Alport’ walks this summer began in Bakewell on a beautiful warm day.
An anti-clockwise circular via Over Haddon, Youlgrave, and the River Bradford – with a lunch stop by an ice cream van in Alport.
The afternoon return to Bakewell, with the weather hotting up, was via Conksbury.
A dozen in the group.

Alport swimming baths ?