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News Archive (Sep 2013)

The Ramblers
Wednesday 25 September

A man called Keats called autumn the time of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness.’
We could have done with a bit less of the mists as Barbara led 13 walkers on a 6 mile circular from Longshaw. Surprise View was not a surprise, but it was a great walk nevertheless in warm weather.

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The Ramblers
Saturday 21 September

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Mel encountered this adder on the way from Curbar Gap to White Edge.
Britain’s only venomous snake, but they usually shun the limelight and only bite in self defence.
Few people have died from an adder bite, but urgent medical assistance is necessary.

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The Ramblers
Wednesday 18 September


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Bolsover Castle is on the skyline – but how to get there ?

This is just one example of a growing problem, both in Derbyshire and nationwide, of maintaining our legal access to rights of way.
More people walking these paths would help, but it’s a chicken and egg situation.
Who wants to fight their way through the overgrown vegetation on some of our paths – or disturb crop planting that should have accommodated walkers ?

If we don’t want to be the generation that sees footpaths beginning to disappear we need to report problems to the County Council.

Ring Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 or use the
online reporting form
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The Ramblers
Saturday 14 September


A cold start developed into a warm and sunny late summer day.
Thanks to Graham, who led 16 walkers via Biggin, Hartington, Beresford Dale, Wolfscote Dale, and Bradbury Bank.
The area around the Dove is always great for walking.

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The Ramblers
Thursday 12 September

With a traffic regulation order (TRO) on the Roych about to come into operation, the attention now moves to Leys Lane, near Longstone Edge.
Those who wish to make their views known on the subject of motorised vehicles on Peak District green lanes can comment online at the Peak District Authority consultation page.
The consultation on Leys Lane runs from now until October 25th.

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The Ramblers
Thursday 12 September


John recently led a group to his native north-east for some rambling in the Cheviots.

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The Ramblers
Thursday 12 September


We all need ‘friends’

It’s good that so many of our parks have an organisation of ‘friends’ that look after them and promote improvements.
Where country parks are concerned there are often footpaths and we welcome any help and support in this area.
The Friends of Holmebrook Valley Park are looking for members (free) and volunteers. Ramblers who live in the vicinity may be interested.

The AGM will be held in the Pavilion at 10 am on Wednesday 9 October.

The walk to Chatsworth that we led earlier this year as part of the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival went from the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre via Holmebrook Valley Park, Linacre, and Gardom’s Edge.
It’s planned to put this on Ramblers Routes and perhaps get it established as a local trail to Chatsworth.

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The Ramblers
Wednesday 11 September


A damp, misty old day in the Peak for the 14 who took the train to New Mills today.
Their route was the first half of the Kinder Trespass Trail, walked by us in April last year – followed by a short-cut across Lantern Pike, before returning to New Mills by the Sett Valley Trail.

Edwin  Royce memorial on Lantern Pike

Edwin Royce memorial on Lantern Pike


We saw the memorial to the rambling pioneer, Edwin Royce, on Lantern Pike, but very little else.
This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago on a clearer day, when Hayfield and Kinder were more visible.

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The Ramblers
Saturday 7 September


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Wingfield Manor

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Ramblers not welcome at Wingfield Manor – except for six days each year on an English Heritage guided tour.

It’s well worth a visit. Although on the books of English Heritage it’s on a private farm and that’s the reason for the limited access.
One of the properties where the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess of Hardwick, entertained Mary, Queen of Scots, in her 16th century captivity.

A change to visit a commerce-free site.


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The Ramblers
Wednesday 4 September


Our thanks to Janet, who led 13 walkers from Edale to Castleton, via Rushup Edge and Peak Forest.
What would we do without the Hope Valley line and Northern Rail’s trains, opening up this part of the Peak to everyone ?
We met Kate Ashbrook (Ramblers’ national president) and Naseem Akhtar (Ramblers’ national vice-chair) on the Edale train. They were on their way to the Moorland Centre to open the Ramblers’ national debate on the ‘great outdoors’

Campaigner Kate’s blog >

The steep descent into Castleton

The steep descent into Castleton

Our Northern Rail train leaves Edale, Manchester-bound

Our Northern Rail train leaves Edale, Manchester-bound

Kate and Naseem pose with the group at Edale station

Kate and Naseem pose with the group at Edale station

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The Ramblers



The latest Derbyshire Times internet walk reports….


Mixed weather for ramblers adventures
(21 Sep) >


Chesterfield Ramblers travel to Skipton
(18 Sep) >


Out and about with the Ramblers
(4 Sep) >

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