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News Archive (May 2016)

The Ramblers
Sunday 29 May

Another report from John, this one from Hartington ;

Eight on the walk in bright and warm weather, six from our group and two from Rotherham Metro.
It progressed in continuous light hearted good humour through Hulme End to Ecton Top, Back of Ecton, Manifold Valley and up to Wetton – returning via Alstonefield, Narrowdale, Beresford Dale to Hartington.
Along the way a newborn calf and high level meadows filled with flowers, including many orchids on the steep banks of Ossoms Hill, and the discovery of a curlews nest below Wetton Hill containing three eggs.
The walk distance was approximately 14 miles, taking 6 hours including breaks.
A great day.

The Ramblers
Saturday 21 May

John reports ;

Saturday’s Edale Round was not well attended, possibly because the weather forecast was not at all good.
Anyway there were 3 of us, myself from Stoney Middleton, Diane from Derby, and Jim from Newark.
As the walk progressed past Lords Seat the sky became really ominous. From Chapel Gate onwards to South Head it rained heavily with just a short sunshine break, long enough for lunch and then onwards and downwards towards Edale via Jacobs Ladder (a river !).
We made our way along to Hope Cross and then back to our vehicle in a torrential downpour.
All soaked to the skin, waterproofs or not, but all felt a sort of masochistic pleasure to have completed.
The warm rain must have helped – 21 miles and approximately 3000 feet of ascent.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 18 May

John comments on his walk from Winster ;

We were not too inspired by the weather – but after one fairly heavy shower things turned out to be quite pleasant.
There were 8 on the walk – 6 from Chesterfield, 1 from Amber Valley, and 1 from Derby.
The gentleman from Amber Valley was supposed to be with his own group starting from Elton and had never done further than 8 miles. He came with us and quite capably did 11 miles with many ups – as befits my walks.
The bluebells in Clough Wood were outstanding, as were the cowslips and mountain pansies around the old mines just outside Bonsall.
The group were intrigued by the copy of the ‘Bonsall Miner’ sculpture.

The Ramblers
Thursday 12 May

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival 2016

Chesterfield Area
Walking Festival 2016

We usually go south looking for vineyards, but today’s Chesterfield Walking Festival route headed north to Renishaw Hall, via the Chesterfield Canal and Foxstone Dam.
An extended lunch with a 90 minute tour of the vineyard and tasting for the 16 visitors in conditions more like the south of France.
The award winning Renishaw Hall vineyard used to be the most northerly in Britain, but now there is one in Norway.
Return was via the Trans Pennine Trail and Tapton.

Wine tasting at Renishaw

Wine tasting at Renishaw

The Ramblers
Sunday 8 May

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival 2016

Chesterfield Area
Walking Festival 2016

Another successful Chesterfield Round Walk – a core fixture of the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival.
26 finishers for the 34 mile course in just over 12 hours (White Hart, Calow clockwise to White Hart, Calow) on possibly the warmest day the walk has ever seen.
Many thanks to all who continue to organise and take part in this popular annual challenge.

Photos from Mel

The Round Walk Facebook page is still being maintained, with photos of this year’s efforts.

John’s photo of the Sunday group on their 12 mile Linacre walk. You can feel the heat.

The Ramblers
Saturday 7 May

Another long Saturday walk for ten, led by Elaine, with a good contingent from Derbyshire Dales.

A thoroughly enjoyable walk from Hope Station up to Hope Cross and on to Kinder – down to Brown Knoll, Rushup Edge, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Back Tor, Lose Hill – then back to Hope and an extremely welcome pint in the ‘Old Hall.’
Stunning weather and warm for a change.
Estimated ascent total 3200 feet, distance 19.7 Miles.