For the Monday short walk 11 members of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Ramblers joined Joyce Denton for a ramble of six miles, starting from Monsal Head heading into Monsal Dale and on to Ashford in the Water, where the group stopped for coffee in the park. They then made their way through Great Shacklow Wood to White Lodge before returning to Monsal Head.
Graham Wright was leader for the Wednesday longer car ramble when, together with 11 walkers, Graham set out from Wildboarclough to climb Shutlingsloe walking via Macclesfield Forest to Walkers Barn, Teggs Nose then down to Langley and back through Oakenclough. Although there was low cloud in the morning, followed by a humid afternoon, this did not spoil the 12- mile 2600ft ascent walk.
Wednesday car walk leaders Ruth Hepworth and Margaret Mace were disappointed to wake to low cloud and rain after the previous day’s sunshine, however, there were 15 members waiting at the starting point of Cutthroat bridge. The group walked up to Whinstone Lee Tor, with the hope of views over Ladybower Reservoir but the group could see nothing! Nor was there any sight of Derwent Edge even when they were past the Hurkling Stones near to the Wheelstone Rocks. The same was true as they descended to the Strines road and over the hill to Moscar Lodge, they saw nothing of Sugworth or Bradfield valley. They stopped for lunch before venturing towards Stanage End. As they found their way down from the Edge towards Jarvis Clough, the group realised that they could pick out Bamford Moor dark ahead and as they were nearing the end of the walk, they chose to look at the Stone Circle above Hordron Edge with a discussion taking place as to what each of them knew about such places. They then realised they had shadows and looking up were able to see The Coach and Horses Rocks on Derwent Edge. As they made their way back to the car park one adventurous rambler suggested they repeat the walk now the sun was shining, however, it was felt another eight miles would be too much for most of them.
Unfortunately the leader for the short walk, Jack Frobisher, was indisposed so the walk was led by Gill Stone and Barbara Hadfield, who had 13 ramblers join them for a 6.5 mile walk starting from Longshaw. It was very foggy at the start and stayed that way until lunchtime when the sun struggled to appear quickly disappearing again and it was overcast the rest of the day. The group had coffee at Surprise View and setting off again they walked over Hathersage Moor, skirting around Owler Tor, with lunch taken on the lower part of Higger Tor, prior to returning via Upper Burbage Bridge back to Longshaw.
The long bus ramble was led by Godfrey Holmes who, together with 12 ramblers, set off for a linear walk of eight miles from Holymoorside up towards Cat Hole and past Holy Moor itself, before crossing the Duke’s estate via Chatsworth Farm, with the weather foggy and wet but turning later to watery sunshine.
For anyone interested in the Ramblers programme of walks, details can be found on the website www.chesterfieldramblers.org or by email email@example.com.