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News Archive (September 2021)

Thursday 30 September

Developing the Network

Bing Aerial (overlaid by current rights of way)

A modification order (DMMO) has been made which, if confirmed, will link the B6014 at Ogston with the Greyhound on the A61 by bridleway, via Crow Lane and Ogston Lane.

Definitive Map Modification Orders

Sunday 26 September

Derwent Edge

Leader: Kath   Photos: John

Saturday 25 September

Dennis Knoll

Stanage Edge, Higger Tor, Hathersage Church, Brontë Cottage

Leader: Sara

Little John’s Grave, Hathersage

A small party of three, including a very welcome visitor from Louth in Lincolnshire, set out from Dennis Knoll for an eight mile circular walk taking in Stanage Edge, Higger Tor, Whim Plantation and Hathersage – before returning via Little John’s grave, Brontë Cottage and Green’s House.
Coffee was taken on Stanage Edge and despite low cloud marring the views at this point the drama of the brooding light over the valley was appreciated by all.
Improved lighting and much higher cloud provided an improved environment and views when lunch was taken just below Over Owler Tor.

Wednesday 22 September

On High

Combs Edge, Black Edge

Leader & Photos: Mel

13 members, including two very welcome visitors, enjoyed a nine mile walk around the edge of the plateau above Buxton, formed by Combs, Short, and Black Edge.
Starting from Lightwood Road, Upper Buxton, the walk took a gentle climb through woodland and passed the now defunct Lightwood Reservoir, on to Flint Clough.

This vantage point gave an indication of things to come with expansive views over the town of Buxton.
Traversing the south eastern edge through heather covered moorland we were rewarded with views over Wild Moor whilst looking down on a section of the Midshires Way as it passes from Buxton to the White Hall outdoor pursuits centre.
Turning northeast the route then followed much rockier and slightly more challenging profiles towards Combs Edge and the stone age / medieval fort (occupied in two stages) of Castle Naze.
The rewards were excellent with expansive views over Combs Reservoir and the tiny village of Combs nestling at its southern tip.
Lunch now over, the route turned southwest along Short Edge looking down on the substantial town of Chapel en le Frith.
From here the brooding south eastern tip of Kinder could be clearly seen, dominated by Kinder Low and Kinder Low End.
Turning southeast, to pass Hob Tor, revealed the raw scars of the Dove Holes quarries and the village of Dove Holes far below.

Traversing Black Edge, which the route now followed, the group reached the trig point above the miniscule Black Edge Reservoir, for a short break and photo opportunity.
Then onward to return to Flint Clough and complete the circumnavigation of the plateau.
A gentle route back down through Lightwood completed the walk and a very visually aesthetic day.

Wednesday 15 September

Crossing the Derwent

Eyam. Hazelford Hall, Grindleford, Froggatt Edge, Stoney Middleton

Leader: Isobel

Fourteen of the expected fifteen walkers started the walk from Eyam.
The missing walker being prevented from joining us by blocked roads.
The party was further reduced when two members had to leave because of a potential family emergency. Luckily it turned out to be a false alarm, but it meant they missed a walk in unexpectedly glorious sunshine.
The route climbed out of Eyam on the The Nook and then crossed Eyam Moor to reach Leadmill Bridge.
It followed the Derwent to Coppice Wood and then headed up to Padley Chapel for lunch.
After passing Grindleford Station we climbed up through Nether Padley and Hay Wood to reach Froggatt Edge.
The visibility was superb and the views back across the valley and towards Chatsworth and its Emperor Fountain were excellent.
After a steep descent from the edge, we re-crossed the Derwent and walked across fields to Stoney Middleton via Knouchley Farm.
Stoney Middleton had been taken over by a film crew, making a Bollywood film ; unfortunately we weren’t needed as extras and had missed the day’s filming.
On the way back to Eyam we passed a reminder of the plague at Lydgate Graves.
Distance 10.7 miles.

Wall to wall sunshine on the Lord’s Seat, the high point of Rushup Edge

8 September

Mine to Cross

Odin Mine, Eldon Hill, Perrydale, Sparrowpit, Rushup Edge, Mam Tor,
Hollins Cross

Gavin & Rhona