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News Archive (October 2022)

Sunday 30 October


Bar Road, Curbar Gap, White Edge, Froggatt Edge, Froggatt Bridge, Calver Bridge, Bubnell

Leader & Photos: Mike

A Froggatt Edge lunch

A cloudy and overcast start welcomed a group of 20 walkers as we made our way to climb up Bar Road to reach the Eagle Stone and Baslow Moor.
Included in the group were visitors from Uttoxeter and Chapel en le Frith and a new CNED member who had not walked with a group before.
A steady walk was then made across the moors to reach Curbar Gap.

From here the group followed the path and climbed up onto White Edge. A suitable place was found for a coffee stop and to take in the views. Small groups of red deer were spotted here but no amorous stags around showing off.

The group went by the trig point to claim the highest point of the walk at 1274ft. We continued along the edge and eventually went down past the Lodge at White Edge Moor to reach the road. Crossing the A625 the group entered Hay Wood and all safely negotiated the stepping stones at the stream to emerge and begin the walk along Froggatt Edge. Lunch was taken at a suitable location to admire the views of Eyam, Froggatt and Calver below.

As we began to descend via the rocky path from the edge, the storm clouds gathered and day went into night ; there followed a crack of thunder and heavy rain fell. Various raincoats and waterproofs were brought into action to protect us from the downpour. We proceeded down to reach the bridge at Froggatt and followed the Derwent Valley Way to New Bridge and Calver Bridge. Continuing following the Derwent with the sun now shining we travelled through Bubnell to reach the car park at Baslow and the end of the walk.

A nice varied route with high edges and moorland combined with a gentle riverside walk.

Distance: 11.5 miles    Elevation: 1250 ft

Saturday 29 October

Chatsworth & Bronze Age Art

Baslow, Chatsworth, Dobb Edge, Gardom’s Edge, Baslow Edge

Leader: Barbara:   Photos: Mel

                                                                A Cup & Ring Stone

Chatsworth Huntingtower

Wednesday 26 October

Barber Booth

Chapel Gate, Pennine Bridleway, Mount Famine, Oaken Clough, Jaggers Clough

Leaders: Kath & Baz   Photos: Mel

Mosborough Round

Ford, Plumbley, Beighton

Leader: Steve   Photo: Basil

Seven Derbyshire bus ramblers reclaimed parts of Derbyshire, annexed by Sheffield in 1967, by walking the 10 mile Mosborough Round Walk, crossing the County / City border twice.
Along the way the rarely seen Mosborough Mouse was infrequently spotted on old waymarks.
The walk started at The Queen Inn in Mosborough (formerly called The Queens Head but she has recently been beheaded!).
Passing through Ford, Plumbley, by Crystal Peaks, Beighton, and Oxclose, good views were to be seen on a warm dry day.

The mouse’s origins are not widely known.
A Google search leads to local pest control experts.

Saturday 22 October


Congreave, Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor Plantation, Birchover, Stanton Woodhouse

Leader: Edna   Photos: Mel

No walking up the Cork Stone today


Wednesday 19 October

Edge, River, & Moor

Burbage Edge, Longshaw, Leadmill Bridge, Hathersage, Higger Tor

Leader: Sue   Photos: Mel

A comfortable lunch stop in Hathersage

Over Owler Tor

A group of 21 enjoyed a varied walk along an Edge, across moors and alongside the river Derwent.

Setting off along Burbage Edge, we were rewarded with good views of Higger Tor and Carl Wark in their autumn colours. Coffee was taken at Owler Tor, overlooking Lawrence Field, after which we made our way down Padley Gorge and along the river where we spotted a dipper.

After lunch in Hathersage, we climbed up to High Lees, Millstone Edge, and Over Owler Tor, where the group posed for a photo and some enjoyed scrambling up the rocks.
From here it was down to the sheepfold on Hathersage Moor before tackling the final steep climb and rocky scramble up onto Higger Tor.
In spite of the intermittent strong, cold wind, the weather was a lot better than expected and we even had our lunch in the sun at Hathersage.

11 miles & 1600 ft of ascent.

Sunday 16 October


Win Hill, Hope Cross, Ladybower

Leaders: Paul & Parul   Photo: Paul

Hope Cross

Saturday 15 October

Poulter Country Park

Creswell Crags, Woodhouse Hall, Whaley Thorns

Leader & Photo: Mel

Stepping out from Poulter Country Park
the Saturday group were rewarded with a delightful display of autumn colours as they crossed the Park to reach the picturesque hamlet of Whaley.
A gentle climb to Whaley Moor provided excellent views of the rolling countryside stretching eastwards over Elmton and Bolsover Moor. Using an old rail track bed, the group then skirted the southern edge of Creswell to arrive at the Crags Visitors Centre for lunch in beautiful sunshine.
After skirting the lake to pass the many cave entrances a short climb followed to reach the long stretch of field paths leading to the hamlet of Holbeck. Gentle field paths and tracks and a short wooded section then followed to return to Whaley Thorns and the Country Park – a total of 9.4 miles.

Wednesday 12 October


Aston, Hope Cross, Woodlands Valley, Win Hill, Thornhill

Leaders: Kath & Baz   Photos: Mel & Mike

Sunday 9 October


The Raikes, Brown Knoll Plantation, Wetton, Alstonefield, Narrowdale

Leaders: Terry & Eileen   Photo: John

looking towards Staffordshire hills – Narrowdale Hill on the left , Wetton Hill on the right

Saturday 8 October


Calver Bridge, Froggatt Bridge, Riley Top, Mompesson’s Well, Eyam, Stoney Middleton

Leader: Mike   Photos: Mel & Mike

A cool and dry start welcomed a group of 11 walkers as we made our way through Calver Village to Calver Bridge.
Joining the footpath along the west bank of the River Derwent the group made steady progress to emerge at Froggatt Bridge, spotting a group of Mandarin Ducks making their way down the river.

From the Bridge we began the first climb of the walk up through a couple of fields to New Road and a well earned coffee break. Great views looking across to Froggatt Edge and Curbar Gap and the Emperor Fountain could be seen in good height at Chatsworth. Refreshed, the group continued to climb through the woods to reach Top Riley. Lots of examples of fungi spotted throughout the walk especially on this section.

Dropping past the Riley Graves the group descended to Town End, taking the footpath to climb up through Hollow Brook to reach Mompesson’s Well. Following the lane to Highcliffe to the highest point of the walk (1220ft), lunch was taken before the group started its descent through Beech Hurst to reach the centre of Eyam village and a toilet stop. We walked past the Plague Cottages and Church to pick up the footpath down to Stoney Middleton, excellent views in the sunshine being afforded on this descent.

The group headed up past Stoney Middleton Primary School and took the footpath back to Calver passing Coombs Dale and Calver Low.

Distance: 9 miles    Elevation: 1395 ft

Sunday 2 October

Loxley Valley

Rivelin, High Matlock, Dam Flask, Low Bradfield, High Bradfield, Wadsley, Loxley Bottom

Leaders: Kath & Barry

Saturday 1 October

Upper Derwent Valley

Ashopton Viaduct, Crook Hill Farm, Lockerbrook Farm, Bamford House, Briery Side

Leader: Sue   Photos: Sue & Mel

On a blustery autumn day, three keen ramblers set off from Ashopton Viaduct for the first walk of the
winter programme. Our route took us via Crook Hill Farm, Bridge-end Pasture, Hagg Side and
Fairholmes, up onto the moors above the Upper Derwent Valley reservoirs and below Lost Lad and
Derwent Edge.
From Bridge-end Pasture we enjoyed magnificent views of the Great Ridge and the Kinder Plateau as well as the Vale of Edale bathed in sunshine.
As we walked alongside the forestry at Hagg Side we were delighted at the variety of colourful fungi, including the red and white spotted fly agaric.

Turning north at Fairholmes we walked along the edge of Derwent Reservoir to
Abbey Tip Plantation. Here we took a steep ascending path that offered good views of Howden Reservoir and delivered us to our lunch spot overlooking the Upper Derwent valley, where the sun sparkled on the water.
Finally we followed the familiar route past Briery Side and Wellhead, with views of Derwent Edge and Ladybower, to join the track alongside the reservoir and back to our starting point.

              Top end of Derwent and Howden from Abbey Bank