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News Archive (October 2017)

The Ramblers
Saturday 28 October

Nelson’s Monument on Birchen Edge

John reports ;

Three of us (Nigel, Andrew, and myself) set off at 9 am from the Robin Hood Pub at Baslow for my last lead of 2017, in not the best of weather – very windy, with drizzle.
Starting from Birchen Edge we walked past Nelson’s Monument and the Three Ships on our way to White Edge, which could hardly be seen.
Onwards to Longshaw and Burbage Rocks and Upper Burbage Bridge – and then lunch on Hathersage Moor at the Sheep Pen.
Through Winyards Nick to Owler Tor, Millstone Edge, Grindleford Station and on up through Oaks Wood to Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge, Baslow Edge, Jack Flat, and Gardoms Edge before a return to the Robin Hood.
18.5 miles, with over 4200 feet of ascent in 8.25 hours.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 25 October

Val filled a gap in the published programme by leading an extra walk ;

An extra ‘long bus’ walk today. No, the walk itself was not ‘extra long’.
Eight members left Clay Cross bus station for a hilly walk to Matlock.
We encountered a ploughed field (where three rights of way should cross), but did have a view of an Ashover ploughing competition as we skirted the edge.
Pausing for a coffee stop by Fabrick Rock with its views and toposcope, we descended by the ‘hidden’ paths to Ashover and Kelstedge and then took woodland paths via Cuckoostone Lane to the outskirts of Matlock to await the X17 bus.
A beautiful autumn day with not too much mud.

White Edge trig point
Not much sign of deer rutting today

24 arrived at Froggatt’s Grouse Inn for an 11 mile ‘Edges circular’, starting with the short climb up to White Edge.
It was perhaps a bit late for the deer rutting season, although we did spot some agitated activity among a herd in the far distance.
A crossing of Clodhall Lane with its busy A621 junction and a climb onto Birchen Edge and its monument to Lord Nelson.
Then a short descent to the Robin Hood path and into Chatsworth Park with the Cannon Kissing Gate leading to Baslow.
Across to Eaton Hill and up the Bar Road to Baslow Edge, with a pause for breath.
The circular ended with the long, steady walk along Curbar and Froggatt Edges.
A fine walk led by Mike – and some warm afternoon sunshine.

Curbar Edge from Baslow Edge

The Ramblers
Saturday 21 October

Barbara and Ken led the October walk today with the visually impaired.
Nine walkers set off from Unstone through Metapic Wood and on into Frith Wood.
Then it was onwards past Summerley Hall before a return to the Unstone starting point – with Storm Brian about to make its appearance.

Walking in the countryside is a challenge for the visually impaired and extra guides / helpers would be most welcome to make things easier for all.

Walking with the visually impaired - a London experience

Walking with the visually impaired – a London experience

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The Ramblers
Wednesday 18 October

The approach to Lost Lad

19 walkers (including two visitors) assembled at Cutthroat Bridge on a typical grey October day for
a Derwent Edge circular, led by Sue.
A classic route via White Tor, the Salt Cellar, and Lost Lad before dropping down to the Ladybower Reservoir.
A bit more climbing to Whinstone Lee Tor and back down to the lay-by at Cutthroat Bridge for a 3 pm finish.

Ladybower from Whinstone Lee Tor

The Ramblers
Thursday 12 October


A turnout of thirteen for the latest of the short, leisurely ‘step’ walks – this one led by Graham.
4.5 miles via Walton Woods to Stubbing Pond and a return via Wingerworth on a fine autumn day.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 11 October

A mild and cloudy day for an Ashover circular of 10 miles.
Liz led 15 anti-clockwise via Kelstedge, Matlock golf course, Lumsdale, Tansley, and Cocking Tor.
Rain had been forecast and it finally met us a mile from the end.

The Ramblers
Thursday 5 October

The short, leisurely ‘step’ programme seems to be meeting a need.

Reg led thirteen old hands, plus three new walkers on a steady stroll around Chatsworth Park in beautiful weather, covering about four miles.

The previous Thursday Val had led two regulars and one new walker on a route from Clay Cross.

The full list of the winter’s Step Walks programme.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 4 October

A chilly and windy day for the walk led by Barbara and Ken ;

We had 32 with us, including three visitors. A walk up to the Fabrick Rock gave us good views before heading down to Alton and a lunch stop at Fallgate Bridge.
Up through the woods and on to Goss Hall to hear a bit about the history, and then back into Ashover before the rain came.