David and Jill Throssell took the lead for the Wednesday short bus ramble setting off from Baslow Church with 11 walkers for a six-mile linear walk. The party passed through Bramley Plantation up to Bank Wood and on to Hassop, Home Farm and Pilsley, before making their way to Bakewell.
Barbara and Ken Hadfield had 21 members join them for the Wednesday car ramble of 7.5 miles, a circular walk starting from White Lodge car park, through Monsal Dale and up to Monsal Head, where the group had a break for coffee. The party then made their way over fields to Ashford in the Water stopping for lunch in the park. However, when moving on to cross the bridge they noticed two divers lying prone in the water, after speaking with a third diver, he explained they were photographing the mating of Grayling, quite rare fish, for the Springwatch programme. The party then walked on by the river, heading for the climb through Great Shacklow Wood before returning to the car park. Gordon Crookes had 21 ramblers complete the Wednesday longer car ramble of over 12 miles on a dry but cloudy day, starting out from Calver Sough to Baslow, Chatsworth and Pilsley returning via Hassop.
Colin Pick led the longer bus ramble taking 20 members on a 9-mile Bluebell walk from Chesterfield Railway Station, walking along the canal to Hollingwood and up to Troughbrook passing through Westwood to Tapton House.
The Saturday car ramble was led by David Staniforth, who, together with 12 members and one dog, started out from the Tourist Information Centre in Bakewell for an 11-mile circular walk. After pausing to observe the Celtic Crosses outside Bakewell Church and the array of carved stonework in the Church porch, the group ascended out of Bakewell, crossing fields into the village of Sheldon, where they learned of the legend concerning the disappearing Sheldon Duck. From Sheldon, they crossed fields within sight of the old ‘Magpie’ Mine and descended into Deep Dale, where the wild flowers were starting to bloom. The party lunched at White Lodge before continuing into Monsal Dale, climbing to Monsal Head for a well-earned ice-cream. From Monsal Head they descended into Little Longstone before crossing fields to Great Longstone, climbing through woodland and fields before descending back into Bakewell, taking a detour through a waterside street, for the return to the start of the walk.
Margaret and Trevor Richardson were leaders for the Sunday longer walk starting from Whaley Thorns and taking 15 ramblers on a walk of 10.5 miles in bright sunshine and under a blue sky, covering the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The group stopped for coffee at Elmton and had lunch at Creswell Craggs with a stop for tea in a bluebell wood, where the group sighted Bluebells, Wood Sorrell, blue and white Violets and even one or two butterflies.
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