CHESTERFIELD: Mixed weather for ramblers’ adventures

On the first Wednesday in September, Mike Cheetham led 19 members of the longer car ramblers from Mytham Bridge, Bamford, for an 11-mile circular walk, covering Abney Moor, Foolow, Great Hucklow and Bradwell, where the group took the opportunity to sample the ice cream on offer.

Graham Wright was leader for the Sunday short walk setting off with eight walkers from the Jolly Farmer for a six-mile circular to Barlow via Highlightley. They covered Common Side and Barlow Lees.

Rhona Gibbons and Gavin Johns had ten members turn up for their 11-mile Edale Classic walk on Wednesday. Once they had walked up onto the plateau from Edale they found weather on Kinder to be misty; they progressed along the southern edge to their ‘crossing point’ and after a quick stop for coffee, they completed their ‘10 minute’ crossing of the plateau onto the northern side. They then headed for Mad Women’s Stones where the group stopped for lunch before setting off again onto Crookstone Knoll, by which time the mist had cleared and they had great views over the reservoirs and Snake valley.

Yvonne Lowe led the Wednesday car ramble starting from Curbar Gap car park with 21 members, including a visitor from Nottingham, for a circular walk of 8.5 miles. On leaving the car park, the group headed onto White Edge making their way towards the Longshaw Estate, here the group stopped for lunch at the Information Centre. Starting again, the group met with some fine drizzle as they made their way through the estate and onto Froggatt and Curbar Edges, prior to returning to the car park. However, the rain did not spoil the walk with the party having some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

On a damp and misty day in the Peak, David Moore started with his group, including visitors from Bolsover and Sheffield Ramblers, to walk the first half of the Kinder Trespass Trail from New Mills, before taking a shortcut across Lantern Pike to return via the Sett Valley Trail. Unfortunately on the day there were no stunning views of Hayfield and the Kinder plateau from Lantern Pike, as they were all hidden in the mist with not even a view of the Lantern Pike Inn down below in Little Hayfield, where the first scripts of ‘Coronation Street’ were reputed to have been written.

Cath Collins was leader for the Wednesday short bus ramble taking a group of 23 via public transport to Lumsdale, through to Tansley and onto Riber and Starkholmes, then heading down into Matlock for the return journey to Chesterfield. During their walk, the group celebrated, with coffee and biscuits, the 80th birthday of rambler Jean Groves.

Graham Wright on Saturday, had 16 ramblers join him for a nine-mile walk from Alsop Moor lay-by to Biggin, Hartington and along Beresford and Wolfscote Dales, returning up to the Tissington Trail from Cold Eaton Bridge.

On Sunday, for the short walk, Norah Woodward and Jim were not so fortunate with their turnout, as they had no local ramblers join them for a walk of six miles but had three guest walkers leaving with them from Elton Church, onto Bradford Dale and returning back to Elton with rain pending. Elton Parish Council had organised a cake sale, so the group partook of refreshments and sheltered there from the rain.