CHESTERFIELD: Ramblers dodge the showers

On the Wednesday medium car ramble Jean and Terry Powell had 22 walkers join them for a figure of eight walk around Eckington and KIllamarsh on a rather damp showery morning. However the weather improved from lunchtime onwards, and the rain conveniently kept off until the group were leaving in their cars.

Christa Pritchard was accompanied on public transport by 17 members heading for Bakewell Square for a walk of four miles after which the group made their way back from Rowsley again by public transport.

David Coomber was the leader for the Sunday short walk when, joined by three walkers and one dog, David left the car park at Heatherdene for a six-mile ramble. The group started with a climb to the bottom of Win Hill where they were caught in heavy rain resulting in the party getting very wet however, they were able to take shelter from the downpour in Win Hill Planation where they had an early lunch. Then followed the steep climb to the top of Win Hill where they were rewarded with spectacular views, after which the group made their way back to the car park via Ladybower Reservoir.

The Sunday long car walk was led by Mike Sims who, together with 10 members, including one lady from Sheffield and a gentleman who travels from Wakefield most weekends to join the walks, left the car park at the Barley Mow, Wingerworth, for a walk of around 11-miles. They made their way to the Sheepwash stopping to admire the well dressings on display there before making their way over the Lavender to the Salem Chapel on Malthouse Lane. The walkers then headed towards Matlock Road then onto Stanedge Golf Course where the group had their coffee break. Following the Chesterfield Round Walk past the old pumping station and walking through bracken which virtually covered their heads, they made their way to Brookside and Somersall joining the South Chesterfield Way back to Wingerworth.

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