CHESTERFIELD: Ramblers take in picturesque views

Prior to the Bank Holiday Reg Millward led 13 of the Saturday car walkers on a circular nine-mile ramble starting from Hartington and covering Pilsbury Castle, Crowdecote and Sheen. 

Saturday was also the first of the walks for the long walk programme with John Newrick leading an 18-mile walk starting from Alstonefield. The walkers headed down to Rushley through Musden Wood to Calton from there on to Blore, Thorpe and Lindale, Dovedale to Milldale up Gypsy Bank returning to Alstonefield and “The George” for refreshments. This lovely walk was enjoyed by eight participants with the walkers coming from Newark, Ashbourne, Langley Mill, Derby, Ashover, Leeds, Rotherham and Chesterfield.

The Sunday longer walk had David Mann taking 13 members on a 12-mile ramble from Ashover. After a stiff climb above Ashover, they had coffee, before continuing on the circular route covering Fallgate, Bottom Moor and Press Reservoir, with lunch taken by a stream.

Arthur Berisford was leader for the Wednesday car ramble taking 11 members on a circular walk from Ilam through the Manifold Valley and up to Castern Hall on to Stanhope and Hall Dale where the group stopped for lunch, then walking through Dove Dale prior to returning the Ilam.

Kath Collins stood in for Brenda Clark on the short bus ramble taking 18 members on a linear walk from the Bulls Head at Foolow to Woodlow Mires, Cressbrook Dale, Litton and on to the Monsal Trail before finishing at Little Longstone, a walk of six miles. However, some of the more energetic members carried on to Bakewell, a distance of nine miles in total, before returning to Chesterfield by public transport.

Colin Pick led the longer Wednesday bus walk when 11 ramblers took public transport to Litton for a 10-mile walk taking in Tansley Dale, Cressbrook Dale, Monsal Trail and Deep Dale. The walk continued to Sheldon and down to Ashford in the Water, where the group took in the well dressings before finishing at Bakewell.

Reg Millward led the Saturday themed walk entitled ‘History and Industry’ with eight ramblers completing this scenic eight-mile circular walk in superb weather. Setting a leisurely pace, they covered Tansley, Dethick, Riber and Old Matlock, before rounding off the walk with cream teas at Lumsdale garden fete.

Jill Stokes led the Sunday short walk of six miles from Youlgreave when 11 walkers and one dog set off by the river Bradford through to Lathkill Dale, passing over Conksbury Bridge with the group lunching at a spot overlooking Meadow Place Grange.

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