Three of us met at the appointed time (10am) at what we thought was the appointed place (layby on the A57 below the Snake Inn). There was no meet leader, so after waiting a while we set out leaderless. It later transpired that the meet leader led a party of 6 plus a dog from a different layby, but we never saw them. The usual path down through the forest from the Inn is now closed and the forest has been felled, so we took a lower path from the road down to the footbridge over the River Ashop, leading into Fairbrook. The rain was already giving way to drizzle. The delightful path up Fairbrook eventually steepened below the temporary fence which keeps the sheep off plateau, thereby allowing the growth of several trees which were not there before. At the top we were in mist, leading a cautious member of our group to recommend keeping together. We soon reached Fairbrook Naze and the start of a path back down to the start, but we decided instead to continue as planned along the north edge of Kinder. We had occasional glimpses through the mist into Ashop Clough below. There were a few boggy/peaty sections, mostly avoidable. We had our picnic sheltered from the cool north breeze by the “Boxing Glove” stones. Pressing on, we soon reached the Pennine Way. Up to this point we had seen nobody else but there were a few on the Pennine Way. Dropping down the stone steps, we soon came to Ashop Head and turned right onto the Snake Path, which was followed back to the Snake road. The usually boggy sections were no boggier than usual and by this time the drizzle had stopped and we had a pleasant walk down. We saw nobody else after leaving the Pennine Way. The Snake Inn was closed, so we returned to the cars to finish. It was a pity we did not meet up with the others but we enjoyed our walk, an old favourite. 8.8 miles; 1600ft ascent. Andy.
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I was very pleased that we had 10 people, no dogs or other pets, for my first meet as leader. The weather was OK, no rain at all but a bit cloudy. We saw a cloud inversion on the way there over Hathersage.
We set off at 10 o’clock but weren’t sure if it would be possible to get up Red Brook because of all the rain on Saturday, but it was quite alright.
I soon got wet feet when I jumped into a stream by accident, but soon everybody else got wet as well. When we got into Red Brook it was very slippery in some bits, but we all got up with a bit of help.
At the top there were no views because of cloud and it was too windy to stop so we went down hill for a bit for lunch. Later on we went through a field full of cows who ignored us. We stopped near the end for a sit down on two benches. When we got to the car I realised I’d left my walking pole at the benches so I had to run back and get it. Then I looked at the Tresspass memorial and learnt all about it.
Thank you to everybody who came. There are some photos on Facebook from Chris and Jo. Grandad Paul will put some more on later.
Jaycee-May Gibson x
Jun 26, 2014
Another walk starting from Millthorpe, but a different route from the very wet one I led in January. This time we did a long loop south through Rumbling Street, Oxton Rakes and Pratthall towards Linacre reservoirs before heading back again through Barlow Grange, Moorhall and Unthank. As usual, there was no previous recce of the walk, so the unexpected delights were a surprise for all of us – some very beautiful and obviously extremely expensive houses [one complete with a strutting peacock on the front drive] a drinking trough for cattle, away from any houses, with goldfish swimming around in it, flower-filled meadows with orchids and iridescent-blue damson flies, and the sound of kestrels and a yellow hammer. There was only one slight ‘deviation/detour’ when we initially ‘ignored’ the correct stile [although there had been several unnecessary offers of help from complete strangers early on, when I’d just been checking the map. As one of our party of five was heard to comment: “We’re not lost – yet!”]
Duffy the dog kept us all nicely together, but occasionally caused us some anxiety when going through fields of overly-interested cows [and for me personally, there were also too many fields we had to cross containing very large and friendly horses]. The weather was good, and likewise the views, especially from the high point of Grange Hill near Barlow Grange. Thank you Sean, Caroline, Dave and Sue for your excellent company. Distance approx. 7 miles over 4 and 3/4 hours.
Jun 20, 2014
Indeed we did, 6 at the start plus Sue A and Duffy who caught up while we detoured to look at Boot’s tower. Cloudy start but brightened up nicely for the second half. In Linda’s absence the group decided on just a 2 stop strategy, refuelling by Dale Dyke dam and on the Stake Path. Back to the cars by 3pm after a pleasant walk.
Jun 12, 2014
A lovely sunny warm day with clear air and great views. Nine
of us met at the car park near Fairholmes. We took two cars
to transport us all up the Derwent Valley to King’s Tree
where the walk began. We walked to and crossed the old packhorse
bridge at Slippery Stones. Then it was up the bridle way of
Cut Gate, with a coffee break at the top of the steep
bit. On to the top of the pass where we left Cut Gate
at a large cairn and followed a thin and slightly boggy path
to the trig point at the top of Margery Hill, the highest
named point in South Yorkshire. One of the bogs swallowed
the tip of a walking pole, but it was soon retrieved by
dint of a bit of boggy scrabbling. Margery Hill: what a
delightful place to have our picnic lunch! At 546m (1791 ft),
the summit is reputed to be a Bronze Age burial mound, and
has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English
Heritage. Brilliant views were to be seen all around.
After lunch we headed south past a small cairn marking the
highest unnamed point in South Yorkshire, marginally higher
than Margery Hill. From here we could see Howden Reservoir
and dam. The path headed down to Nether Hey, and an old
shooting road took us right down to the edge of Derwent
Reservoir. We enjoyed a tea break at a bench overlooking the
reservoir, in spite of being pestered by a greedy duck. The
final leg took us along the track to Derwent Dam and
Fairholmes. After agreeing that we had all had a jolly good
day out, some departed to sample the delights of the new cafe
at the Anglers Rest, Bamford, while others went to retrieve
the cars from Kings Tree.
7.5 miles 1360 ft of ascent.
Jun 6, 2014
A party of 5 left Litton in dry but overcast conditions.
Cressbrook Dale was descended past the St Peter Stone followed by the ascent to Wardlow Hay Cop where we stopped for coffee and donned waterproofs given the appearances suggesting imminent heavy rain. The promised rain failed to materialise, however, and by the time we had completed the descent to Ravensdale Cottages things had warmed up and the waterproofs came off.
The high level traverse of Miller’s Dale followed with a descent to Litton Mill and climb up the other side of the valley to Cressbrook Village.
We then returned to Litton by a somewhat slippery traverse along the edge of the woods and an easy walk through the intervening fields.
The dry weather held and slowly improved giving us a pleasant round in this classic limestone area.
May 22, 2014
In spite of a poor weather forecast, eight of us (seven
members and one probable future member) assembled in Great
Hucklow. As it turned out, there was no rain at all for the
whole of the walk. After crossing fields and walls with
stiles to Grindlow, we walked by Silly Dale to Wardlow
Mires. We crossed the main road into upper Cressbrook Dale.
Here there were lots of purple orchids, slightly past their
best but magnificent nevertheless.
We headed up to Peter’s Stone and all scrambled to the top
where we enjoyed a coffee break in an unusual situation.
After descending from the Stone, a wild flower book was
consulted and the orchids tentatively identified (early
The route continued down the dale before climbing out of it
to Wardlow. Continuing east, we crossed a road and paused
for lunch. After dropping down to Housley we took the road
into Foolow and then towards Bretton. The large sinkhole,
which suddenly opened up last Christmas above old mine
workings, had been spotted earlier in the walk but was now
A footpath branched off the road taking us closer to the
sinkhole and we were able to get a good look at it. It is
supposed to be 160ft wide and 130ft deep but we could not
see the bottom.
It just remained to walk the short distance back to Great
Hucklow. Post-walk refreshments in Bradwell were tea and
homemade cakes produced by Rosy (fruit cake, flapjacks, and
raspberry chocolate brownies).
7.5 miles 900 ft of ascent.
Andy Smith – Bradwell, Derbyshire, England; andy@…
Apr 25, 2014
5 “usual suspects” and one non suspect ( Judith on Easter holiday) met by Gardoms Edge in welcoming sunshine -T shirts,sun glasses & sun hats were donned and,shock horror,a pair of shorts!
The weather remained fine and we ambled along traversing Gardoms Edge and so over to Chatsworth following the high ground and Edges to Stand Wood from where we descended through the park towards Baslow.
Lunch near the park limits was followed by a stiff climb above Baslow and across Gorse Bank Lane with great views of Stoney Middleton and Eyam.One last pull and we reached the Wellington Monument with the track back to the road and the cars with only a group of menacing looking Angus cattle barring the way.We passed unheaded,however, and were soon back at the cars.
A lovely spring day in contrast to the weather since.
Mar 27, 2014
There were 9 of us on the walk today, some quite suntanned having very recently returned from foreign parts. We left Castleton along the lane below Peak Cavern, then contoured round to the bottom of Winnats Pass. This was climbed, with some members showing their fitness by maintaining an impressive pace whilst still talking all the time! Then we headed south over open countryside with well-marked paths towards Peak Forest. The weather was mainly fine but a brief flurry of hail stones cut short the coffee stop, and a later episode of light rain conveniently stopped just before lunch in the shelter of the beech trees of Oxlow Rake. Heading northeast back towards Castleton, we then joined the Limestone Way, where Andy and Rosie peeled off to their Bradwell home, and the rest of us descended Cave Dale before excellent coffee/tea and cakes in a Castleton cafe. Yet again for most of us, at least some of the views and paths were new – always satisfying for the meet leader. Approx. 7 miles over 3 and 1/2 hours.
Mar 14, 2014
8 persons braved the unusually (for this year) warm weather, and enjoyed awalk round RInginglow and Stanage.Even the expected quagmire above Redmiles reservoirs was kind to us. I note Andy has already posted the GPS data, thanks Andy