CHESTERFIELD: Ramblers’ walks disrupted by heavy snow

Yet again another mixed bag of walking weather for the ramblers with heavy snow falling just in time to disrupt the weekend walking.

On the third Saturday of the month Grant Jarvis led 23 ramblers, including seven visually impaired and five guide dogs, together with two very welcome potential new volunteers, on a walk starting from the car park at Curbar Gap, walking some 2.5 miles along the Edge, with a stop for lunch before retracing their steps back to the car park. They were fortunate to have a dry day with excellent views from Curbar Edge, although because of recent very heavy rains there were many peaty puddles which, along with the rocky terrain was quite challenging for some of the visually impaired members and their guides. However, everyone enjoyed the walk, on which they were accompanied by David Moore, chairman of Chesterfield and North-East Derbyshire Ramblers.

Christa Pritchard, who had 10 members turn out for a 5-mile linear walk, led Wednesday’s short bus ramble starting from Unstone, on to Monkwood and Barlow, where the party stopped for lunch at the church prior to returning by bus to Chesterfield.

The car ramble on Wednesday had leaders Maureen Lynas and Dawn Harris setting off with 16 members, from the Barley Mow at Wingerworth, for an eight-mile circular walk. Leaving the Barley Mow, they made their way to Stubbing Pond, on to Stonedge Farm, Stonedge Golf Course, and Holymoorside, before returning to Wingerworth via the South Chesterfield Way.

Walks scheduled for Saturday and Sunday with leaders Margaret Richardson and Margaret Metcalfe were cancelled due to the heavy snowfall and Janet Rodgers cancelled her longer bus ramble.

Details of the ramblers forthcoming walks can be found on the web site or by e-mail