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News Archive (May 2022)

Sunday 29 May

Ashford in the Water

Leader & Photos: Simon

Monsal Head, Cressbrook & Litton, Priestcliffe, Taddington, Deep Dale, Sheldon

In good spirits and with the church bells ringing in our ears, our group of 12 walkers (and Charlie the cockerpoo) left Ashford, heading north for Monsal Head, via Pennyunk Lane.
After descending to the Viaduct, we continued along the Monsal Trail to the southern entrance of the Cressbrook Tunnel.
From here, we took the airy, almost alpine track over the tunnels before rejoining the trail by
Litton Mill.
Just before the lime kilns by Miller’s Dale station, we struck off left for the steep ascent to Priestcliffe.
It was then a short walk to Taddington, where we stopped for lunch in the churchyard.

The route then continued south-east, traversing Deep Dale and the last climb of the day up towards Sheldon.
On leaving the village, we continued adjacent to Little Shacklow Wood, eventually descending to the River Wye and back to the Sheepwash Bridge in Ashford.

Although showers and a cold wind were forecast, we remained dry and comfortable all day.
The total distance walked was 12 miles.

Saturday 28 May


Leaders: John & Tricia   Photo: Mel

Lady’s Cross, Totley Moor, Carl Wark, Bole Hill

Carl Wark in the background

Wednesday 25 May


Leader & Photos: John

Fairbrook, Black Ashop Edge, Kinder Scout (NE), Mill Hill, Feather Bed Top

Egg Crag

Fifteen members and a dog, including guests from Nottingham and Uttoxeter, attended this walk.
From near the closed Snake Inn we descended to the Fairbrook gully that gave a long ascent up to the Kinder Scout plateau, one of Derbyshire’s two mountain massifs (>2000ft).
While the forecast was correct with respect to gusty wind, the scattered showers turned out to be sustained rain during the ascent up to the mist shrouded plateau. The rain continued for the duration of the subsequent walk around Fairbrook Naze, past the Egg Crag and along Black Ashop Edge.
This was a pity as the northern edge has many interesting millstone grit rock formations sculptured by aeons of erosion.
However a break in the rain allowed a group photo below the aptly named Turtle Rock.
The rain lashed into our faces by the wind gave a true mountain flavour to our outing.
After crossing Upper Red Brook, initially we followed a faint path and then a compass bearing across the plateau and on to the Kinder NW trig point (2047ft).
The mist and rain dissipated allowing views down to Kinder reservoir and over to the Cheshire hills; the Jodrell bank dish reflecting the sun during a break in the clouds.
A natural shelter was a convenient place for lunch, though most of us were somewhat damp from the rain and got chilled during the stop.
We then followed the main track around the western edge past the Sandy Hays rock outcrop with a glimpse of the Charged Rock marked with the initials GK and a cross in white paint that featured in Stephen Booth’s ‘Fall Down Dead’ crime novel.
Finally we looked down on to Mill Hilll and across to Featherbed Top, both to have been climbed on the original itinerary – but with the wind on the tops we elected to follow the more sheltered Ashop Clough back to the Snake road.
A suggested afternoon tea break at the ruined cabin in the Clough was greeted by most without any enthusiasm.
The tour was about 10 miles and 1500ft vertical.

Turtle Rock

Sunday 15 May


Leader & Photos: John

Offerton Moor, Burton Bole, Abney Moor, Bretton Clough, Sir William Hill, Eyam Moor

Six set off from Hathersage on a 12 mile, 2000ft tour exploring Offerton, Abney, and Eyam moors.
After the relative dry spell the stepping stones over the Derwent were passable.
Then followed a short sharp ascent up to Offerton Hall, giving access to the diagonal path up onto the moor.
Siney Sitch was crossed and then we followed the faint track skirting around Burton Bole to rejoin the main path for a coffee break – just before the oddly named Wolf’s Pit.
Abney Moor was crossed passing below Bleak Knoll and then down into Bretton Clough with its unusual post glacial land slips.
The lower slopes of the mounds were carpeted in bluebells.
In a sheltered spot we had our lunch break in the midday sunshine.
The Clough was followed down on the path closest to the stream before heading via Gother Edge up on to Eyam Moor.
Two short deviations from the main path were made to see the Cup and Ring Stone and the Rock Basin.
From the latter we followed the easy path along the top to our high point of Sir William Hill.
Before the final descent to Hathersage we made a deviation across the moor to view the
Wet Withins Stone Circle. Standing inside the Circle the silhouette of the largest stone appears to map onto that of Higger Tor in the distance; allegedly on midsummer’s day the sun appears to rise over Higger Tor.

Wednesday 11 May

Cutthroat Bridge

Leaders: Terry & Eileen   Photo: Mel

Moscar House, Stanage Edge, Hollin Bank, Bole Hill, Bamford Edge, Jarvis Clough

Bamford Edge

On a very damp day with rain forecast for most of the day 17 members and 1 visitor turned up for the 11 mile walk from Cutthroat Bridge, via Moscar House, Stanage Edge and Bamford Edge.
Due to a footpath closure, detours and amendments to the walk, the total distance walked was 11.5 miles.
Rain persisted all morning but lunch was had in dry and sheltered conditions on Long Causeway.
By the time we reached Bamford Edge the weather had cleared up, cagoules were discharged, and bare legs evident as over-trousers were packed away.
The bright blue skies over Bamford Edge offered absolutely stunning views and the walk was delayed by ten minutes as phone cameras were clicking away merrily.

There were splendid distant views of Win Hill, Lose Hill, the Great Ridge, Rushup and Brown Edges – and of course the ever present Kinder Plateau.

We heard the cuckoo (twice), saw at least three curly Sues’ (curlews), a number of lapwings (too many to count), and for the sake of a decent pair of binoculars, potentially, two ring ouzels.

Saturday 7 May

Holmebrook Valley

Leader: Mike   Photos: Mel & Mike

Cutthorpe, Newgate, Oxton Rakes, Birley, Wigley, Old Brampton, Linacre Reservoirs

A group of 15 set off on a lovely sunny spring morning from Holmebrook Valley Park
The fine warm weather remained throughout the walk ; ideal conditions for the group to fully appreciate the verdant environs of Barlow and Cutthorpe.
Leaving the Park via the Brockwell Lane exit we proceeded up Cutthorpe to pick up the footpath at the old Chapel ; venturing through woodland and nice grasslands to come out on Wilkin Hill.
Here we viewed the old stone built Pinfold on this lane. At Newgate we carried on past by the farm and through the lush fields on our way to Oxton Rakes. The resident young cows from the farm seemed interested in joining our walk but we had to disappoint them.
A coffee stop was taken, allowing us to admire all vibrant colours on display by the trees and bushes below us at the ‘Jumble Hole’.
Suitably refreshed, we continued up the lane from Oxton Rakes to Overgreen and by the side of the closed Gate Inn (sadly missed by the leader).
Crossing the B6050 and dropping behind Cow Close Farm we followed the paths along the fields. Yet again, the lush pastures seemed full of colour, with many types of butterflies enjoying the warm conditions.
After negotiating a couple of ‘iffy’ stiles we dropped down to Birley Brook and made the steady climb through Copy Wood to reach the hamlet of Wigley.
We followed the paths around Wigley Hall Farm to emerge at Hollins House at Old Brampton.
It was then along the road down to Hemming Green to pick up the footpath along the route of the ‘Chesterfield Round’ walk to stop for lunch at the fields overlooking the top reservoir at Linacre
This was a fabulous backdrop to rest and enjoy our well earned lunch break.
Following the perimeter of the top reservoir, we were able to see mallards, moorhens, and even a lone cormorant looking for its next meal.
Continuing along the paths through and along the reservoirs to go towards Kitchenflat Woods, we came across the large displays of bluebells and red campion in the dips and dells of the woodland ; a visual delight.
The group proceeded along the bridleway going past Hall Farm and the lake at Holmebrook to return to the car park.
A nice walk in great weather, with good views and all that nature can offer at springtime.

Mileage – 9 miles
Elevation – 1100 ft

Sunday 1 May


Leader & Photos: Simon

Churchtown, Darley Bridge, Snitterton, Bonsall, Winster, Birchover, Stanton Moor,
Stanton Woodhouse

Starting from Rowsley, the party of seven made their way beside the Derwent along to Churchtown and Darley Bridge ; then taking the gated road to Oaker and eventually on to Snitterton.
Here, loins were girded in preparation for the 600ft climb up to the radio mast on Salters Lane, with the promise of a tea break at the summit.
Fine views were available of Matlock, Darley Dale and Riber Castle, with some attentive members of the group also hearing their first cuckoo calls this spring.

The route now continued along the Limestone Way before descending into Bonsall.
It was then on to Uppertown, where time was taken to enjoy the bucolic delights of young lambs and abundant wildflowers.
The sight of large pale pink drifts of lady’s smock helped to ease the passage through the difficult stone squeeze stiles.
Lunch was taken on the hillside above Winster. The afternoon’s objective of Stanton Moor could be seen temptingly close across the valley and the white plume of the Emperor Fountain at Chatsworth was visible in the distance.
It was appreciated that the Duke had gone to the trouble of increasing the water pressure for our pleasure !
A close encounter with an irritable alpaca provided an entertaining diversion with the walk continuing through Winster, past more friendly lambs, before a further climb up to the campsite at Birchover. Our arrival was heralded by the resident peacocks as we cut past the bunkhouse and on to Stanton Moor. May Day revellers were enjoying the mystical vibes on offer at the stone circle, so we continued on to the quieter environs of the beautiful path which wends its way down through the old quarry and on to the manor house at Stanton Woodhouse.

Although listed as a 13 mile walk, it was noted that some additional yards had been walked.
Who says CNED Ramblers don’t give good value for money?