CHESTERFIELD: Ramblers step out on walk of geological interest



On the Sunday prior to the bank holiday, David Selkirk, together withninehardy ramblers, including two new members and a student, took on the challenge of a 14-mile walk of geological interest.

The walk started on the Longshaw Estate with the group stopping to examine a stoop stone dated 1709 and then visited Bolehill Quarry and Millstone Quarry. The return route along the Stanage and Burbage Edges provided wonderful views.

David Selkirk led the first Wednesday evening walk of the year, taking the 18 eager ramblers on a walk entitled ‘Edges by Evening’. The views were spectacular as the group walked along the top of Gardom’s Edge, before dropping down to the valley and climbing up the other side to Wellington’s Monument. They then walked along Baslow Edge, crossed Curbar Gap and reached the shoulder of White Edge to return over Big Moor in the gathering darkness.

The longer bus ramble was led by Richard Kurcewicz who had 11 ramblers join him for a circular walk of about 12 miles, which started at Corve Way. The group visited the Linacre and Cordwell valleys; passing through Linacre, Bluster Castle, Unthank, Millthorpe, Cartledge, Barlow Common, Cutthorpe and the Holme Valley Park.

Eighteen ramblers turned out to walk the longer car ramble of 13 miles, through the beautiful scenery of the Dove and Manifold valleys in the company of David Selkirk. There were lots of (steep) hills and dales, and from the ‘perfect’ village of Alstonefield the group dropped down to Milldale, then along Dovedale to Ilam Rock before climbing up to traverse the top of the dale on the way to magnificent views from the top of Bunster Hill. Those keen for an extra challenge climbed Baley Hill and The Nabs on the other side of the Dale with the groups meeting up at Ilam Hall for lunch in the gardens. They then continued to Rushley, up the pretty dale of Musden Wood, and up again to Slade House. From here, on a high-level path all the way to Beeston Tor via the hamlet of Throwley, there were sweeping views across the Manifold Valley. After traversing the dry riverbed, they climbed up to Wetton before returning to Alstonefield.

Reg Millward was leader for the car ramble, taking 24 ramblers who turned out on a damp, misty morning for a walk of nine miles, starting from Carsington Water and covering Hopton, the High Peak Trail and Brassington. After lunch at Halborough Rocks the weather improved giving clear views of the spectacular countryside.

Gloria Ellis and Brenda Bagshaw were joint leaders for the short bus ramble taking 25 members on a 5.5 walk, starting on the Monsal Trail in Bakewell, turning off for Churchdale, passing Churchdale Hall on their way to Ashford in the Water before returning to Bakewell.

David Blackburn had 17 members join him for the four-mile evening walk around the Moss Valley setting off from Ford. The party followed the route of a ‘Hidden Gems’ Audio Trail, developed for North East Derbyshire District Council by David himself which took in Plumbley, Ridgeway Moor, Ridgeway village and back to Ford via Birley Hay.