CHESTERFIELD: Out and about with the Ramblers

The Monday bus ramble for Chesterfield Ramblers nearly did not take place - as the Tideswell bus that was to take the leader Godfrey Holmes, and an unknown number of others onto Buxton never arrived. However, Godfrey managed to reach Buxton Town Hall by car to join the rest of the party for a themed walk entitled ‘A Short History of Buxton’. In good, but humid, weather, there followed a thorough exploration of the wonderful architecture, parks, and transport routes of this spa resort- including privileged admission to the Opera House and the Dome.

Gill Stone was leader for the Wednesday short car ramble when eight walkers turned out, again in very humid conditions, to walk the six miles from Monsal Head, along the Monsal Trail, skirting Bakewell and including the village of Great Longstone.

Mel and Jenny Schofield had 18 members join them on the 10-mile long bus ramble, starting from Bakewell and walking along the Monsal Trail, through Headstone Tunnel down into Monsal Dale and up to White Lodge. Traversing Deep Dale and along to Sheldon before returning back to Bakewell.

Barry Cutts was joined by 24 members for his ‘Pits ‘n’ Tips’ themed walk of eight miles, starting from Bolsover and visiting the old mining region, including Markham and Oxcroft, with Barry informing the group of the history of the surrounding area and how this now forms part of the landscape. The walkers ended their ramble by passing through the old Oxcroft pit yard.

David Blackburn led the Wednesday evening walk with 13 members starting out from Millthorpe, around the Cordwell Valley to Moorhall, Barlow, Woodseats, Highlightly and Cartledge.

John Newrick was leader for the Saturday long walk starting from the Robin Hood in Baslow, with four members looking forward to a walk of 18 miles. The walkers had heavy rain and drizzle with strong winds until they reached Froggatt Edge, when they experienced better weather but still with very strong winds.

The Saturday car walk had Dawn Harris and Maureen Lynas leading a group of 16 walkers on a 9.5 mile walk from Eyam. The day started with a heavy downpour and poor visibility but after climbing up out of Eyam to cross Eyam Moor the rain stopped and it was a clear day. From Eyam Moor the group walked via Stoke Ford up to Oaks Farm, Abney Moor, where lunch was taken in the sunshine, and then on to Great Hucklow, Grindlow, Foolow and back to Eyam. Jan Robson led the Sunday long walk of 12 miles when, due to persistent rain and strong winds, the route was revised. In a heavy downpour which lasted for an hour, four ramblers set out from the Curbar Gap car park and walked along Curbar Edge and Froggart Edge to Nether Padley, then up the Padley Gorge to Longstone, calling at the visitor centre before taking a lower level return via Burbage Brook to Grindleford Station. Then west and south to the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, on to Grindleford and Froggart, where they crossed the access land through Bee Wood and back beneath Curbar Edge to the car park. However, two fairly wet and bedraggled members decided to turn back so only two actually completed the whole walk.