CHESTERFIELD: Out and about with the ramblers

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A couple of weeks ago on a very hot Saturday, Mike Cheetham had the pleasure of leading the day’s car walk when, together with 10 members, he left Mytham Bridge Bamford for a walk of 11 miles. The group covered Abney Moor, Great Hucklow, stopping in Bradwell for ice cream before moving on to Shatton Moor prior to returning to Bamford.

Monday’s short walk was led by Joe and Eileen Clark who, together with nine ramblers, including one visitor from Lancashire, set out for a walk of six miles from Cromford Meadows. Walking along the road the group made their way past Willersley Castle and up the hillside before descending down into Lea. After passing Lea Gardens the group stopped for lunch at the war memorial before continuing up the hill and down into Holloway, descending again to reach the canal towpath and back to Cromford Meadows, by which time the weather had become quite warm.

On Wednesday, for the short bus ramble, Michael Fenton had 18 members join him on the bus journey to Holmesfield for a four-mile walk to Totley, passing Woodthorpe Hall and into Gillfield Wood. In warm, humid conditions the shade of the wood was welcome, as was the liquid refreshment imbibed at the Cross Scythes at Totley before catching the bus for the return journey to Chesterfield.

David Blackburn had a party of 10 out for his evening walk, starting from Dronfield Woodhouse and walking via Cowley, Monkwood and Barlow Lees on a very pleasant evening.

Lesley Cattee and Richard Thorpe were the leaders for the Sunday long walk, starting from the car park at Eyam with 13 members for a circular ramble of 11 miles. It is not all hard grind on a Ramblers’ expedition as many may imagine, with Sunday’s walk being culturally enlightening, as early on a short detour was made to see Stoney Middleton’s Well Dressing. The group came away from the experience full of admiration for the hard work and skill on display. Then came the serious walking, with the knowledge that the wet conditions encountered on the roads that morning would mean a damp walk and, sure enough, a torrent of water was tumbling down Coombs Dale, it was hard to know whether the cyclists met by the group or the walkers had the wetter journey. Later lunch was taken on the Green at Great Longstone prior to walking across Longstone Moor, where the huge skies and towering cloudbanks brought a satisfying feel to the closing stages of the walk.