CHESTERFIELD: Ramblers defy the heat

During extremely hot temperatures the Ramblers were once again out in force with Ruth Hepworth together with Margaret Mace leading a shortened Wednesday walk which had been reduced to five miles because of the heat. The group set out from Unstone for a circular walk, enjoying plenty of shade in the Drone valley and Frithwood, with the first of many coffee stops at Metapic Wood. There was less shade when they reached the Back Lane in Summerley, following the road through Apperknowle to Hundall, with extensive views to Chesterfield, Unstone, Dronfield and the Moors. From Hundall they rejoined the industrially historic Drone valley before returning to the start.

Barry Cutts led 11 ramblers on a five-mile walk which had also been shortened due to the heat. The group made their way downhill to the bird sanctuary before returning to Chesterfield from the old Bolsover pit.

Shirley Sykes was leader for the longer bus ramble setting out from Great Hucklow for a linear walk of some nine miles taking in Abney, Abney Moor, Stoke Ford and Eyam Moor, finishing in Eyam where the group had ice cream before their return to Chesterfield by public transport.

Cath and John Collins were leaders for the Saturday visually impaired walk when starting from Coal Aston the group of 27, including nine visually impaired and four guide dogs, were relieved to have a cooler day for their short walk around the Moss Valley. At the end of the walk they headed off to Renishaw Hall for afternoon tea.

The previous Saturday, the organisers ran a very successful guiding course for six new volunteers, including three others who had not previously had training.

The Sunday short walk was led by Jill Hemper, standing in for Val Billyeald, when 10 walkers and one dog started out from Darley Dale picnic site for a six-mile walk covering Snitterton and Wensley.

Gavin Johns and Rhonda Gibbons led the Sunday longer walk when they were joined by nine members for a circular walk of 11 miles starting from the car park at Edale. Having struggled up to Grindslow Knoll (all up hill), the group then gained the Kinder plateau and walked along the southern edge towards Nether Tor before making the ‘10 minute’ crossing to the northern side. This was made a little more difficult due to the low cloud cover on Kinder. Once over the ‘other side’ and after lunch they continued east, aiming for Crockstone Knoll, only bypassing it due to the leader missing the right path and reading the map the wrong way up, much to the amusement of his fellow walkers. However, once back on the right path they came down via Crookstone Hill and Barn before returning back to Edale on the lower path. One or two of the ramblers had a cream tea at the Penny Pot Café near the Edale Station.
Anyone interested in the Ramblers walking programme can find details on the web site or email