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Thursday 7th November Peak Forest Walk

Nov 8, 2013
Another sunny Thursday [how does Linda arrange this each time?] for the 7 and 1/2 mile walk from Peak Forest. We started with 12 which soon became 13 and 2 dogs, and headed south towards Dam Dale. As people know, I rarely recce my walks, so I was pleased to safely negotiate the most navigationally challenging part of the walk less than 1/2 mile from the start [the confused confluence of 6 paths and several stiles to choose from]. The next hurdle was the highest stile ever seen [almost HVS if stiles were graded] although some opted out by opening the nearby gate. From then on it was easy walking over Loose Hill [safely avoiding electrocution from the ‘unfriendly’ electric fence strung in front of one stile], along a quiet road and down a track to Hay Dale, where a coffee/tea stop in sunshine was enjoyed. In Peter Dale things started to get somewhat wetter underfoot, but large puddles were skirted and extended sections of sloppy mud safely got through without anyone falling in. Then it was time for our lunch, again on a convenient, warm and sunny slope. Leaving the the dale, still following the Limestone Way but now on tarmac, we climbed steeply before soon turning off northwards on the Pennine Bridleway, passing through Wheston [somewhat smelly!] and along the ridge with stunning views in all directions. Turning down a cobblestone track towards Dam Dale, we then encountered head-on a surprisingly chilly wind, reminding us of the changing seasons, and it was a relief to reach the shelter of Dam Dale and head northwards back towards Peak Forest. On previous walks, and very helpful to this leader unsure of the way, Sue’s dog had been brilliant at following the human scent directly to each stile across huge fields where the stile wasn’t visible until very close by, but he failed me this time [perhaps the recent downpours had washed the scent off the grass] and I found myself having to shout at him and point at the stile myself, as he gave me a bemused look. But we all arrived safely back in Peak Forest after 4 hours, and then rounded off the day very pleasantly with tea/coffee in Tideswell at Lynda and John’s home [recently returned from their summer sailing in the Mediterranean]. The only other thing of note was the ‘nosebleed’, but I suppose if you have to walk along with blood-stained tissues sticking out of your nose, at least it was all colour coordinated with the red top and red rucksack, and the said person was very gracious about having their picture taken for a possible club interest competition later. Vanda

17th october walk report (belated)

Oct 22 4:05 AM
just found how to join this group (we 70 year olds struggle you know) 11 people and 2 dogs did a very muddy walk arround the Wye and Bradford rivers, taking quite a long time over it, mainly due to the fact that most of us add3ed and extra couple of miles, because of the parking situation, I think most enjoyed itn despite this!!

thurs walk meet report.

Linda Mcleish
Oct 11 11:45 AM
10 of us and 3 dogs enjoyed the walk up to Stanton Moor. Cold but dry and great views helped. We managed to get 9 females ( if you count two of the dogs) to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle,Bronze Age, and after half an hour without Andy ( never go for a wee…) met up with him again. My fault as this was my first walk I hadnt reccied and went slightly off route, Andy went the correct way….on his own). The Kings Stone seemed like a very puny lone male- the carved words were debated and apparently say ‘billstumps’ from the 19th Century. Also eyed up hand holds on Earl Tower, and some of us topped out on Cat Stone and Cork Stone. At the end some went round the outlet at Rowsley, and David and I did a few more miles and got back to the car with only 5 mins of rain. Look forward to many more happy sunny walks!

Thursday Walk 3 Oct 2013

Andy Smith
Oct 3 9:56 AM
CMC Thursday Walk 3 Oct 2013.
Nine of us gathered at Shatton. The views on the walk would
have been delightful had there not been thick low mist and
cloud. But at least it was warm and dry. Two cars took
everyone up the steep lane above the village to the end of
the tarmac, in order to avoid a one-mile slog uphill. From
here we first made a detour to the little-known Queen’s Seat,
a grand bench chipped out of the side of a large boulder,
and not visible from the path. A group photo was taken.
Regaining the public footpath we dropped gradually to
Offerton Hall. The lane contouring round above the Derwent
Valley (not visible today) brought us to the reputedly
haunted Highlow Hall, where we paused for a coffee break.

After a brief walk along the road towards Abney, we headed
up past Oaks Farm onto Abney Moor. Near the highest point on
the path we stopped for our picnic. Alas still no views,
except for a few horses in the next field. After a short
stroll we arrived at the junction of Shatton Lane and
Brough Lane. We turned left towards Brough, round the head
of Overdale then downhill past the back side of Bradwell
Edge and Rebellion Knoll. We took a path through Elmore Hill
farmyard and down to the top of Townfield Lane. A path
beside the lane eventually led back to Shatton; we arrived
just as the rain began to fall. After retrieving the cars
from the top of the hill, we gathered in the Scarlet Rose
Cafe in the garden centre for a cups of tea (various types)
etc. 6.8 miles, 680ft of ascent. Andy.

Andy Smith – Bradwell, Derbyshire, England; andy@…

october and nov thursday walks.

Linda Mcleish
Sep 26, 2013
thanks for the company today. 11 of us and a dog, had a great walk in sunshine, round Calver Hassop, Pilsley and then Froggatt Bridge and back. This is the schedule for the next couple of Months- I am ahead of myself for a change thanks to all the volunteering of leading walks. Note anniversary party on 14th Nov at our house is for anyone who has been on a Thurs walk or who is likely to come on one this season.
3rd oct Andy and Rosy from Shatton
10th Oct Linda
17th Oct John M
24th Oct Mike D
31st Oct Chris Kell
7th Nov Vanda
14th Nov Linda- and Party to celebrate 1st anniversary of the Thurs walks after at David and Lindas.
21st Nov Andy and Rosy
28th Nov Dave C
5th Dec Sue Allenby

ps we will be at Stanage from lunch time onwards weather permitting. Linda and David.

thur 19th sept walk

Sep 21, 2013

Seven of us set off from Grindleford station in the rain up the hill, through woods and over some boggy ground through Longshaw before taking advantage of the stone shelter for an early lunch. Then in improving (well slightly) weather, walked over Mother (not Mow) Cap, Mitchell field, Whim wood, under Lawrencefield back to the station where most of us finished with tea at the cafe. Pleasingly, I think everyone went on a path new to them at some point. Thanks to all who came.


Thanks Andy for mileage and ht gain info – more than I thought!

Thursday walk 12 Sep 2013

Andy Smith
Sep 12, 2013
CMC walk 12 Sep 2013
Six of us did this walk from Bradwell, a tour of some of the
local industrial sites, in quite nice weather. After
skirting Outlands Quarry on a somewhat nettle choked path,
we soon arrived at the bottom of Moss Rake, one of the old
lead mining areas, more recently used for the extraction of
fluospar. Several of these parallel rakes stretch across the
moor. We headed up Green Dale, emerging onto Batham Gate,
the line of the old Roman road through Bradwell. It is
thought that the Romans mined lead in the area. At the top
of Moss Rake, old quarry buildings have been demolished and
the area landscaped recently. Our route led us up across
Bradwell Moor and we paused for a coffee break at the top
of a deep mine shaft. It was clear that cavers had recently
been down it. On to the top of the moor and along by the
wall to a 5-way junction with the Limestone Way. We turned
right passing the sites of Hollandtwine Mine and Dirtlow
Rake Pit, which have also been landscaped. A rough
track continued down by the side of Dirtlow Rake to arrive
at the top of Pindale where we stopped for lunch. A descent
into Pindale followed and we passed the Pindale “scrins”
(side lead veins), nationally unique and protected as an
SSSI. The track descended past the disused Pindale Quarry to
arrive at Black Rabbit cottages. Finally we took the public
bridleway and footpath through the cement works back to
Bradwell. Tea and cakes were eagerly consumed, while the
states of the various dodgy knees were examined. 7.1 miles
1180 feet of ascent.

Andy Smith – Bradwell, Derbyshire, England; andy@…

Report on Thursday 5th September walk

Sep 6, 2013
The first Thursday walk after a break during the month of August. A select group of 3 met at the stile where Bamford Edge climbers now park, and set off in an anti-clockwise loop towards Stanage. The ‘jungle-high’ bracken on my recce of a week ago had now flopped over the path, making it disappear, so the going was even harder for a while, but we soon emerged onto open moorland and successfully found the small stone circle [picture just posted on Facebook] before heading up to the path below Stanage Edge, then contouring round below High Neb and Crow Chin to the A57/Manchester Road, which we followed briefly before a squelchy stream-fording and lunch on the way to Cutthroat Bridge. A good track and then path skirted Bamford Moor, with great views over Ladybower Reservoir, then along the top of Bamford Edge and back to our cars – approx 7 miles in 4 hours. One never quite knows who may turn up on Castle walks, but Hugh was unexpectedly free that day, and Dubbo over in the UK from Germany for a few weeks was a complete surprise – thank you both for your good company and a chance to really catch up with both of you. Vanda

18th July Jagger’s Clough walk report

Mike Doyle
Jul 19, 2013
A total of 5 members did the walk including Dave C who volunteered to be the”lost leader” to cover the section I avoided in the interests of my knee.
By 11 am the sun and the temperature were well up ,so gearing up involved shorts for some and sun hats for all.I relied on my trusted “Foreign Legion” hat with integrated neck flap,Dave C used a more English approach with hankerchief attachment and the rest used standard apparel.
Passing 5.5 feet high thistles we headed into Backside Wood and so gained the entrance to Jagger’s Clough where a preliminary lunch stop was taken.After lunch the party split with the 2 knee sufferers taking a short cut to the path junction near Hope Cross and the remainder ascending Jagger’s Clough and completing the full round-no mean feat in the conditions.
Re-united the “famous five” descended to Bagshawe Bridge and the walk back to the cars by the river Noe.
Sadly the inviting “Cheshire Cheese” with prominent ice cream sign was not open as we arrived at the start and it had closed when we called with tongues hanging out at the end!
However “the Old Hall” at Hope provided the necessary long drinks and even a scone enabling the party to rehydrate sufficiently to complete the drive home.
A good walk,but a bit of an effort in the heat!

Monsal Head Walk on Thursday 27th May

Jun 27, 2013
A repeat of my walk I’d done with Linda a month ago, but going the other way round [clockwise] as a change. Six of us set off from Monsal Head [some bravely wearing shorts – some of the paths were quite narrow and the nettles tall and numerous], gently climbing from Little Longstone up to and then along Longstone Edge, and after a brief refreshment stop on a convenient bench, descended to Great Longstone and on through fields of buttercups, under the Monsal Trail railway line, past Churchdale Hall to Ashford in the Water. It was just beginning to ‘spot’ with rain, but a very welcome shelter by the sheep-wash bridge provided a dry spot for our lunch. Then, having donned jackets, it was off again in slight drizzle for the final third of the 7 and 1/2 mile walk back to Monsal Head, where the café provided tea and scones, and the excellent and informative conversation continued. Thank you all for your good company, and I’m pleased that some of the paths were new to you. Vanda