CHESTERFIELD: Sun shines on ramblers

On the last Saturday in September, Mel Hardy led the car walk, taking a group of 10 ramblers from Grindleford Station to stroll gently beside the River Derwent before climbing to Curbar Gap. After lunch in brilliant sunshine, the group climbed up to and traversed the full length of White Edge before returning to Grindleford via Haywood.

The next day had Gordon Crookes leading nine members on the Sunday longer walk starting from Calver, walking along the side of the river to Bubnell and Baslow, towards the entrance to the Chatsworth Estate. On reaching Chatsworth House, the group stopped for coffee before proceeding onto Edensor and Thornton Pastures where they took a lunch break in the sunshine, before making their way back to Calver via Pilsey, Hassop and Bank Wood.

The start of the Ramblers’ new autumn/winter programme had Wednesday’s short bus ramblers taking public transport to Winster for a linear walk of 6.5 miles led by Barbara Hughes who, together with her group of six, made their way from Winster along Painters Way walking up to the top and into Clough Wood. From there they made their way to Wensley and into Wensley Dale, onto Snitterton, Oaker then, following the river, they made their way to Matlock for the return journey to Chesterfield.

Reg Millward was leader for the medium car walk, starting from Hartington with a group of ten, heading for Biggin Dale and Wolfescote Dale, where the group stopped for lunch by the river. They then proceeded to make their way through Beresford Dale, taking a short detour to avoid the walk through muddy terrain following the heavy overnight rain, before returning to Hartington. Although the day had started with rain, it gradually cleared and the group was able to enjoy the walk of seven miles in decent weather.

Jean Joyce was leader for the longer bus walk with 16 walkers taking public transport to Matlock to catch the train to Duffield, to join Jean for a walk of nine miles. Here the group set off in much drier conditions along the Mid-shires Way, through Horsley and Beadstall Priory, where the group stopped for lunch, then on to Morley, making their way in sunshine via the old Great North Railway Greenway track-bed, back to Derby where the group returned to Chesterfield by either bus or train.

The short car walk on Wednesday had to be cancelled due to the indisposition of the leader, Gill Stone. Unfortunately, there was not time to get in touch with everyone, so apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced.

The Sunday short walk of six miles had leader Tony Hunt taking a group of ten ramblers, in autumn sunshine, from Holymoorside to Nether Loads, through Birkinshaw Wood over to Westwick Lane and by Broomhall Farm. The group then walked down Somersall Lane following the River Hipper back to Holymoorside.

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