Once again the weather was a factor for the ramblers with heavy fog, bitterly cold winds and again more snow. Sunday of last week, had John Hemingway leading the Sunday short walk from the Bridge Inn at Ford, when a party of 18 set out in fine weather for a six-mile ramble.
John was also leader for the Wednesday short walk, when six members turned out in the fog for a six-mile walk commencing in Calver, up to Eyam then on to Stoney Middleton, where the fog cleared just enough for the walkers to enjoy the views.
For David Sanderson, who led the longer bus ramble on Wednesday, the day did not start too well with the foggy weather disrupting the bus service from Chesterfield to Matlock, with the 20 members who turned out on the day, having to start the 10-mile walk from Walton later than planned. Due to the anticipated late arrival in Matlock because of the fog some adjustments to the planned walk were made and, by common consent, when reaching Ashover the group split, some making their way back home via Kelstedge and the remainder continuing with the walk via Ravensnest, Tansley Knoll, Lumsdale to Matlock Green, returning back to Chesterfield on public transport.
Alan Ibberson and Jackie Birkinshaw led a group of 19 on the Wednesday car ramble, walking a distance of 9.5 miles, starting from the Old Station at Bakewell, along part of the Monsal Trial to Monsal Head, after a stop for coffee they then traversed the steps down into Monsal Dale and on to Great Shacklow Wood, before stopping for lunch at Ashford in the Water prior to returning back to Bakewell. Foggy conditions prevailed for most of the walk but the ground underfoot were probably the driest of the year to date.
Kath Collins led five of the short bus ramblers, taking over the reins from David Throssell, setting out from Matlock for a walk by the river to Rowsley through Chatsworth Park to Baslow, from where the group returned by bus to Chesterfield.
Saturday’s longer ramble of just over nine miles was lead by Cath Owen, who took eight walkers on a circular walk from Ambergate Rail Station, along a short stretch of the Cromford Canal up through Crich Chase Woods to Crich Village, past the tram museum up to Crich Stand, where they enjoyed lunch in the tea shop before descending back to the canal. They then made their way to Alderwasley and into Shining Cliff Woods past the derelict site of Johnson Wire Works and back to Ambergate Station, having witnessed some superb scenery during a thoroughly enjoyable walk. Cath had provided the group with leaflets explaining the historical background to the walk.
On Sunday, David Selkirk had six hardy walkers turn out to brave snow and a cold north-easterly wind, but luck was with them as the air cleared to give grand views of the snowy landscape, brightened by occasional bursts of sunshine. Walking from the Grouse Inn they made their way through the Longshaw Estate to Burbage Brook, then up the hollow way to Owler Tor rocks and over to Surprise View. Dropping down to Bole Hill Quarry, which supplied over one million tons of gritstone to build the Howden and Derwent Dams, up through Millstone Edge Quarry, they returned to the teeth of the wind to walk along the edge and up to the iconic Higger Tor (Holy Hill), round to Upper Burbage Bridge and down the valley passing Carl Wark Iron Age fort to Longshaw, where following a shortened but invigorating 10-mile walk they returned to the Grouse Inn.
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