CHESTERFIELD: Ramblers head for the Peak District

Mike Sims and Mel Hardy were the leaders for the Wednesday long car walk setting out from Wetton with 13 members for a 10-mile walk around the beautiful Manifold Valley. Heading south to pass below Thor’s Cave the route took in Weags Bridge before a steady ascent to Musden Low. From here the group headed back via Rushley, to the bottom of Musden Wood and Castern Hall before traversing along the eastern side of the valley before returning to the village car park.

Yvonne Lowe led the medium car ramble setting out from Monsal Head with 24 members for a walk of 8.5 miles. They walked along the Monsal Trail leaving to head down to Cressbrook Mill and on to Ravensdale to reach the bottom of Cressbrook Dale, where some of the more energetic members left the main party to climb to the top of the dale, coming back down into the dale to rejoin the main group before heading for Foolow. Here the group stopped for lunch before making their way to Housley, crossing fields and Longstone Moor prior to returning to Monsal Head.

Joe and Eileen Clark led the short Wednesday walk from Cromford Meadows along the canal towpath towards Gregory’s Tunnel before crossing the A6 and upwards onto Cromford Moor. Here the group had lunch before descending Black Rocks and on to the High Peak Trail, walking into Cromford and back to Cromford Wharf.

The Wednesday short bus ramble had Cath Collins taking 21 members from Linacre on a six-mile linear walk, passing Pratt Hall and walking over fields down to Jumble Hole, walking up to Newgate before dropping down into Barlow. The group stopped for lunch at the Fish Pond then passed through Barlow making their way to Dunston Hollow, finishing in Dunston for the return journey to Chesterfield.

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