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News Archive (November 2015)

The Ramblers
Saturday 28 November

A fine start turned into wind and rain for Dawn leading the Pleasley walk ;

A group of 12 set off from Pleasley Country Park at 10 am for an 8.5 mile walk.
The route was along the Meden Trail, a former Midland Railway line and now a nature reserve, to Pleasley Vale – an area also known as Little Matlock.
A break was taken at St Chad’s church where mulled wine, mince pies and stollen were magically produced by Cathy to celebrate Mel’s birthday.
The Mills of Pleasley Vale have a very interesting history and time was taken to read the information boards before continuing along part of the Archaeological Way to Stony Houghton and back to Pleasley.
The weather was kind until after lunch and then down came the rain and up got the wind but everyone was happy still feeling the warm glow of the mulled wine !

The Ramblers
Wednesday 25 November

A good walk for Mike and his group today ;

12 walkers walking 10.5 miles above the Vale of Edale and the Hope Valley proved you can have clear blue skies and dry weather in late November.

A bright and warm late November walk from Eckington to Chesterfield the ‘country’ way.
Basil led 13 on a route from Eckington Bus Station to the centre of Chesterfield via Barrow Hill, Brimington, and Tapton.
Some new paths for most, combined with a slight railway flavour, passing Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Tapton House, a former home of railway pioneer George Stephenson.

The Ramblers
Sunday 22 November

Late autumn brought some cold weather for a Bakewell circular today for 16 walkers.
Ellis led the group on a 10 mile route via Over Haddon,
Lathkill Dale, Monyash, and Sheldon.
Thanks to John for some good photos on Facebook.

The Ramblers
Saturday 21 November

Kath describes the monthly walk with the visually impaired ;

We did a 6 mile walk from Crich Market place, over to Bowmer Rough, and then through Bilberry Wood down to the Cromford Canal.
On by the Canal to Whatstandwell where we had lunch.
From there we went via Dukes Quarries up to Crich Stand before dropping down to our starting place.
Eleven hardy souls, including four visually impaired out in brilliant sunshine but a bitter cold wind.
The walk was led by Keith (one of our visually impaired) and his trusty guide dog Dylan.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 11 November

A bit muddy in places but a good walk for 23, led by Andrew and Bob, from the Eddlestowe Lot car park.

A route to Kelstedge and then across the Chesterfield – Matlock Road to Rattle, where a two minute silence for Remembrance Day was held looking out over Ashover.

Then northwards to the Red Lion at Stone Edge and a lunch break by what is said to be the
oldest industrial chimney in Britain.

The return to Eddlestowe was via Uppertown and Cuckoostone Lane, passing the memorial to the victims of the Blenheim crash of 1943.

The Ramblers
Sunday 8 November

A Chatsworth resident views Sunday’s walkers.
A 12 mile route from Beeley, led by Elaine.

Photo from Gordon.

The Ramblers
Saturday 7 November

Nothing seems to stop John walking.
He recounts the last long Saturday walk of the year ;

A disappointing turn out, possibly because of the forecast of awful weather.
None the less there were five of us brave souls.
Myself still with a fractured metatarsal in my left foot and a broken rib, two from Rotherham Metro, one from Sheffield, and one from Nottingham.
The walk started at 9 am in light/medium rain and by the time we got to Longstone Edge it had eased off. Proceeding to Cressbrook Dale, Wardlow Mires, Silly Dale and Grindlow it had stopped and we had lunch in pleasant sunshine.
Leaving Foolow the rain became steadily heavier until we reached Coombs Dale where it abated.
The walk was enjoyed by all five participants and covered 16.2 miles and 1200′ of ascent, finishing at 4 pm.

The Ramblers
Friday 6 November

A short walk with the BBC Radio Derby political editor to check on our county’s footpath network, followed by two good pieces on the proposed Derbyshire PROW cuts from Radio Derby’s Breakfast Show.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 4 November

Sue reports on the Rivelin Mill and Dams walk ;

20 of us completed today’s 12 mile walk, starting from Rivelin Mill Bridge.
We set off across fields with views towards Agden Reservoir and Bradfield – returning via Ughill and Hallam moors, Redmires Reservoirs and Rivelin Dams.
We were fortunate to avoid the mist except at our lunch spot and enjoyed the autumn colours in the wooded areas, especially Wyming Brook.

A grey old November day for Basil’s revolution course from Old Whittington’s Revolution House, with a group of 14 – via Hundall and New Whittington.

Fairly familiar NE Derbyshire footpaths but with one or two not so regularly used thrown in for good measure.