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News Archive (June 2017)

The Ramblers
Friday 30 June

Another short morning walk of 3.5 miles today for the regular followers –
a circular from Eckington bus station via Bramley.
Michael the leader.

The Ramblers
Sunday 25 June

St Ann’s Well

A Buxton circuit, led by Robert.
Photos by John.

The Ramblers
Saturday 24 June

Mel writes ;

Starting from Hope School, our group of nine meandered along the riverside to pause briefly in Castleton before commencing the gentle climb through the visually stunning Cave Dale.
From here we followed gently undulating paths to Mam Nick before the short steep climb to Mam Tor for lunch, in brilliant sunshine.
After following the ridge to the base of Back Tor the group split for a short time with five members making the climb to visit the GHB Ward memorial plaque at the summit of Lose Hill.
Regrouping at the base of Lose Hill the route was completed via the traditional path back to Hope.
Four of the group took the opportunity to enjoy tea cakes and ice cream in the Grasshopper Café.

The Ramblers
Saturday 17 June

Foolow Cross

The beginning of a hot week for walking as Barbara reports ;

Ken and I led today’s walk on a very warm day
– with 3 visually impaired, 4 dogs, and 7 sighted guides.
An easy walk from Foolow down to Eyam.
We stopped for lunch under shade on seats opposite Eyam Hall. As the day got hotter, and to prevent the dogs getting distressed, the group decided not to venture further into Eyam centre and the Plague Cottages, but to return via fields and open ground back to Foolow.

The Ramblers
Thursday 15 June

Hardwick Row Ponds

A group of five and a dog named Flynn for the latest short morning walk, led by David.
Meeting at Stainsby Mill the walk of just over two hours took in the village of Astwith, with its fine views of the two Hardwick Halls across the motorway, before returning via the Row Ponds on the Hardwick Estate.
Another warm and sunny June morning.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 14 June

A 13 mile circuit of the Holymoorside Parish Boundary Stones was Basil’s themed walk.
A lovely warm June day for the group of ten, excellent views, and a code to unravel on the Millennium Stones along the way.

Into the Wigtwizzle Woods

High Bradfield is noted in ‘Look North’ @Hudsonweather circles for its windy weather – and we had a taste of it on our last walk there in November 2016.
Today’s June weather could not have been better, with just a warm breeze.

Isobel led ten on an 11 mile circular intriguingly entitled ‘to Wigtwizzle and beyond’ which began in Low Bradfield and went in a clockwise direction via the Agden Reservoir, the Wigtwizzle woods, Broomhead Reservoir, Onesacre, and High Bradfield.
Quite a few ups and downs, but a good walk with very attractive views.

The Ramblers
Saturday 10 June

John describes today’s long walk ;

We began at Chelmorton in wet conditions, but fortunately the weather forecast was right on the money and the rain stopped just as the walk began – and stayed away.
The route covered 18 miles of stunning countryside, lots of spring flowers, and young animals and birds.
We had seven attendees, with Andrea as leader and the walk was completed in 6.5 hours with a pace of just under 3 mph.
All were happy and finished in good spirits !

The next long Walk is scheduled for the 1st of July from Gradbach, starting at 9:30.

David writes ;

Today’s walk was billed as ‘Surprising South Yorkshire’, which turned out to be true in unexpected ways.
The start, from Elsecar Heritage Centre, was delayed as all nine participants managed to get more or less lost thanks to unexpected major roadworks and a lack of road signs.
An alternative return route I recommended then proved to have a road closure and diversions in place, but fortunately not too difficulty to negotiate.
Despite the problems in reaching the meeting point, we were all in good spirits and determined to enjoy ourselves despite the heavy rain.
Fortunately that eased by coffee time and we then were able to gradually shed cagoules and over-trousers.
Our route took us past several of the Wentworth estate follies, with coffee at the ‘Eye of a Needle’ – and then a walk down through the park and past magnificent Wentworth Woodhouse, the stately home with 365 rooms and the longest frontage of any house in the country.
Thanks to a recent Government grant of £7.5 million this stunning building now looks to have a more secure future.
We continued through the parkland, past the Doric Temple, over a bridge between two of the large lakes – and then over the fields to our final folly, the 115 feet high Keppels Column.
Our return to Elsecar was via field and woodland paths through the villages of Scholes and Wentworth.

The Ramblers
Thursday 8 June

The latest in the short walks programme was a circuit to the north of Barlborough today – with attractive dams, woodlands, and meadows.
Good weather, but five rights of way problems reported by Basil en route.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 7 June

A tougher than average trip for a group of twelve, led by David.
Starting from Edale Station the climb on to Kinder was via the Crowden Brook,
which is not the easiest access.
Following lunch the route crossed the plateau to Kinder Downfall, which on a breezy day such as this, fails to live up to its name and provides a shower to everyone in the area.
The return to Edale Railway Station was via Kinder Low and Jacob’s Ladder.

A tree grows on Kinder

Kinder Downfall

The Ramblers
Sunday 4 June

Monyash circular

Photos: John

We’re never far from a well dressing in the summer months.

The Ramblers
Thursday 1 June

A great opening to June with a short morning stroll on a beautiful day from Holme Hall to the Bulls Head at Holymoorside, via Old Brampton