Last Saturday had David Tucker and Lesley Mason leading the ramble for the visually impaired taking 15 members, including six visually impaired and two guide dogs, starting from Heath Church for a five-mile circular walk, stopping for lunch at the halfway point of Sutton Scarsdale Hall. Everyone enjoyed the day with fine weather and coping with challenging terrain, crossing ploughed fields and a large, dense field of rapeseed.
Pat Pick was leader for the Wednesday longer bus ramble when 14 walkers took the Red Arrow bus to Alfreton for a linear walk of 11 miles, via Pentrich (site of the last revolution in England), to Crich Stand through woodland to Cromford Canal to finish the walk at Cromford wharf. Here the group had tea and ice creams before catching the bus back to Matlock and onward to Chesterfield. Eric Pick led the Wednesday car ramble taking 24 members from Grindleford station for eight miles circular.
The group made their way up to Bole Hill Quarry and through woodland prior to dropping into Hathersage. Here the group stopped for lunch before walking back to Grindleford via the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, along the banks of the River Derwent.
For the short bus ramble, 19 walkers took the train to Chinley for a circular walk of 5.5 miles led by Michael Fenton. The walk took them along to Bugsworth Canal Basin and onto the Peak Forest Tram Trail. At the end of the 19 inland ports in the country, detailed and informative information panels gave an indication of how busy the place used to be. From the canal, the group climbed steadily up towards Eccles Pike. After a lunch stop most of the party climbed to the top of Eccles Pike with wide-ranging views all round. Descending the hill, they walked back to Chinley via Whitehough village, to catch the return train home. Anyone interested in the Ramblers’ Association programme of walks can find details on the web site www.chesterfieldramblers.org.uk or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.