CHESTERFIELD: Ramblers travel to Skipton

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Last week had the Wednesday car ramblers taking their usual away-day coach trip, this time to Skipton, with 52 members having the opportunity to participate in three walks ranging from five to 10 miles in length.

Walk leaders for the shorter walk were Cath Collins and Brenda Bagshaw who took their group by bus to Gargrave, starting on the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, heading southeast back to Skipton.

Leaders for the eight-mile walk were Jack Frobisher and Barbara Hadfield who took their party from Skipton, climbing Park Hill and over the golf course to Tarn Moor arriving eventually at the village of Embsay, with its steam railway station. Here the group stopped for liquid refreshment at the Elm Tree Inn prior to returning via woodland at Hawe Laith and through Skipton Woods walking the river path at the back of the castle into Skipton.

The longer 10 mile ramble was led by Reg Millward and John Collins, walking north-west from Skipton up to Thorley House through Crag Wood to the village of Flasby. Their return journey took them south-east skirting the high ground of Rough Haw over Skyrakes to Tarn House Farm and back to Skipton. After an enjoyable day’s walking in ideal conditions, the party left Skipton stopping off in Morley for dinner, prior to boarding the coach for the return journey back to Chesterfield.

Janet Rodgers led a group of 13 on a 10-mile linear ramble from Edale to Castleton via Rushup Edge and Peak Forest. On arrival in Castleton at the end of the walk and whilst waiting for the bus back to Hope for the return to Sheffield and Chesterfield by train, the group were treated to refreshments by Janet.

This week’s Sunday longer walk had the leaders Lesley Phillips and John Gray starting from The Carrs car park in Warsop, when together with 14 members, they set out for Meden Vale on to Hazel Gap, making their way through Budby South Forest to the Major Oak where they stopped for lunch. The group proceeded on a path parallel but south of the Robin Hood Way, into woodland and plantations on the edge of the Sherwood Forest area, prior to returning back into Warsop past Burns Farm, ending a walk of 11.9 miles.