CHESTERFIELD: Ramblers make the most of sunny conditions

On a very hot Monday morning David Coomber, leader for the short walk, set out with nine members of Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire Ramblers from Sheepwash Bridge, Ashford in the Water, for a walk of 5.5 miles.

The group made their way to Monsal Head, stopping for coffee before descending into the Dale and walking by the side of the River Wye into Deep Dale where they lunched before climbing into Great Shacklow Wood and back to Ashford.

The Wednesday car ramble was lead by Malcolm Riley who, together with 24 walkers, left the car park in Ashover for a circular walk of nine miles. The group walked to Kelstedge, Cocking Tor, Milltown and back to Ashover via fields high with barley and other crops. David and Jill Throssell led the short bus ramble with 10 ramblers leaving Bakewell Square for a circular walk of 6.5 miles. They walked up to Dirtlow Farm on to Sheldon then Ashford in the Water where

the group stopped for lunch. They continued on making their way through Churchdale estate on to Cracknell Wood and Little Shacklow Wood before returning to Bakewell.

On an ideal walking day Jean Ashworth and Gill Pickering were the leaders for the longer bus ramble taking 14 members from Millers Dale Station on a linear walk of nine miles. The group passed through Litton to Monsal Head and on to Ashford in the Water before making their way to Bakewell for return transport to Chesterfield.

Jan Robson was leader for the Saturday long walk starting from Youlgreave with six members. The group walked to Robin Hood’s Stride, Birchover, Stanton in Peak, Stanton Moor (Cork Stone, Trig point, Nine Ladies) then onto Stanton in Peak, Rowsley, Carlton Lees, Edensor, Bakewell and back to Youlgreave via Wigger Dale, a total of 18.5 miles. It was very hot and sunny throughout.

For those interested in the Ramblers programme of walks details can be found on www.chesterfieldramblers.org.uk or email cnedra@btinternet.com.