19th November, Crich Meet in the Market square in Crich for a 13km (8 mile) hike. We will walk up to Crich monument then explore further north and west, up to Wheatcroft then south-east to Park Head and Mill Green. Footpaths cross mainly farmland with some livestock and occasional muddy patches, dogs will need to be on leads some of the time. Some rather narrow squeeze stiles. It is an undulating walk with ups and downs, only one short, really steep section. Beautiful views and a lovely cafe at the end. Opportunity to cut the walk short and save about 1 mile. Celia and Linda 15th October, Longnor Meet at market square outside Longnor Craft Centre and Coffee Shop. SK17 0NT, grid reference OL 24 Peak District SK089649. Some parking available at market square, otherwise plenty of street parking close by. There are toilets at start. A lovely eight mile walk from Longnor in the heart of the Peak District. We walk to Glutton Dale and Dowel Dale, circling Hollins Hill, Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill via the village of Hollingsclough. The walk is along field paths (some grazing cattle), quiet lanes and farm tracks - some of which can be wet and muddy. There is one short, steep descent. There are a few stiles but should not be a problem for dogs. Sally Bull 07969747325 17th September - Wetton village, Staffs Start: Free car park onthe south side of Wetton village, Carr Lane, GR OL24 SK108553. (Postcode for satnav DE6 2AF, this is the centre of the village go down Carr Lane to find the car park) This is a lovely varied White Peak walk with a mix of field paths, woodland, dry dales and a visit to Dovedale. There will be great views for most of the day. From Wetton we take the high path above the river that flows down through Ilam, but drop down gradually ( one short steep section) into Hall Dale and then into Dovedale. From Milldale we climb back up onto the tops ( short steep up section ), skirt Alstonefield village and the side of Wetton Hill, and arrive back in time for tea or a drink. Around 7-8 miles, about 250m of ascent and descent. There is a Camping Women weekend at nearby Heathy Roods Farm at Butterton, only a couple of miles away, if anyone wants to make a weekend of it. Yvonne 0161 432 5951 20th August - Beresford Dale and tea party at Mo's caravanMeet at the entrance to Beresford Lane Farm, SK17 0HQ (parking in yard) on the way down to Beresford Dale, near Hartington. (GR117584). If you get to the river you have gone too far !! There will be a 6/7 mile walk (with shorter version available) to Wetton and return along Back of Ecton. Some mud unless we have a heatwave. Toilet at farm and in Wetton. Several awkward stiles and nettles!! Then afternoon tea at Mo's caravan! (cakes/scones welcome!). Mo
16th July Carsington Water Meet at the main car park at Carsington Reservoir, outside the Visitor Centre DE6 1ST. We will walk over the hill to Brassington and then back for tea or ice creams. Pay and Display car park,(£4.50 for full day) toilets at start. 6-7 miles. Celia/Linda (07519 607399) 18th June Pilsbury horseshoe. Meet at the duckpond in Hartington SK17 0AL for a six mile hyke, plenty ups and downs!! Val and Sue 07927639761 May 2017 Meet at Ticknall Village Hall car park. Rose Lane, Ticknall DE73 7JW for an 8 mile walk. This 8 mile walk starts at Ticknall Village Hall where there are toilets and a free car park (although they like you to make a donation). If the car park is busy, there is space on the road to park. Ingleby Road, which leads to the Village Hall car park is opposite the Wheel Inn public house so is easy to find. The first section of the walk follows the National Forest Way starting off through fields and farm tracks and joining the path by Foremark Reservoir. The footpaths are excellent and there are no stiles on this section. At about the 2.5 mile mark, there are more toilets and a little cafe. We will walk alongside Foremark Reservoir and go through some lovely woods along the shoreline. Paths are very good and dry! The next section crosses farmland and goes through another wooded area. From here on there are a number of stiles but nearly all are low level and well maintained. There is a little muddy section in the wood but nothing that a good pair of boots can't cope with. The path emerges at the edge of Calke Abbey estate and we will walk around the edge of the park, avoiding the madding crowds. Hopefully, the bluebells will still be there. They are spectacular this year! We will leave the Calke estate and take a footpath back to the village. From here there are views over Staunton Reservoir. This final section also takes in the Ticknall Lime Kilns (SSSI) before we emerge back into the village. There is a tea shop close to the car park (approx 150m) and it is open until 4pm. It sells hot & cold food and cakes etc. This is relatively flat, varied walk with spectacular views, two reservoirs, woods and rolling hills. There are a couple of places where you can take a short cut back to the village (at approx 6 miles). Julie and Amanda 07791 769797.
16th April EASTER SUNDAY. Gunthorpe, Hoveringham and Caythorpe
We will meet at Biondo Bistro car park by the River Trent at 10.15 for a 10.30 am set off. It's free parking. Postcode NG14 7FB. Website www.biondibistro.co.uk
This is a 6 mile walk which takes in Gunthorpe Lock along the River Trent, Hoveringham and Caythorpe. This is a very flat walk through river meadow and along field headlands. The walk is within a popular walking area and on well maintained paths with lots of interest along the way, including pubs and cafes.
There are lots of stiles and some of the paths were quite muddy in parts so boots needed especially if there's more rain. Also, we pass through a farm which has sheep and lambs (when I did the recce on 25th March) so dogs on leads at this point. We will also be walking along roads for a small part of the walk and crossing roads. So again dogs on leads at this point. Sue P.. 19th March - Sue L. Monyash
Meet in Monyash (DE45 1JH) outside the Old Smithy Cafe for a 10.30 start.
The walk takes us across to Flagg, via the Limestone Way. From here, we cross the fields towards Taddington, turning just above the village and heading along the track to Over Wheal and Deepdale (suggested lunch stop and the option of taking a shorter route back to Monyash).
Taking the path out of Deepdale, we walk up a steep field to the village of Sheldon. We then walk out to the old Magpie Mine and back across the fields to Monyash.
The full walk is 7.5 miles and roughly 5.5 on the shorter route. It can be quite muddy in places, following wet weather, so please bear this in mind. Some stiles, but generally dog friendly. Cattle and sheep may be around, so dogs will need to be kept on leads, where necessary.
The Old Smithy Cafe opens at 9 a.m. (if you fancy a bit of breakfast) until 5 p.m., for refreshments. Alternatively, The Bull's Head is open all day, serving tea and coffee (and alcohol!).
There is a small car park in the village and plenty of on-street parking.
Sue 0770 698 2602
19th February - Mo, Cromford Meet in the courtyard/outside the toilets at Cromford Mill DE4 3RQ. http://cromfordmills.org.uk/ OL 24 Peak District 296570. There is some free street parking for early birds or ample parking. £4 for the day. 7 mile through Cromford up to Black Rocks, Cromford Moor, High Peak Junction and Cromford Canal then to Lea Bridge. A lovely varied walk. There are a few stiles but walk is generally dog friendly. There is some mud as the mountain bikers have been out on Cromford Moor (poles helpful!)...unless there has been a very very hard frost. Apart from that the walk is very good underfoot. Mo Sunday 15th January 2017 - Trowell Start at Trowell Garden Centre, Stapleford Rd, Trowell, Nottingham NG9 3TG. A gentle start to the new year with an easy ramble round the countryside just west of Nottingham city. We will walk through farmland to the old villages of Strelley and Cossall and then back to Trowell via the old Nottingham canal, now disused. A flat walk along reasonable paths so if you haven't been with us for a while or want to come and see what the group is like, it's a good one to start with. 7 miles with the excellent garden centre cafe at the end! A couple of stiles but pretty dog friendly, horses but no other livestock and only one very short muddy section. Celia . TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2016. Christine will be leading the crimble bimble...a joint Sheffield/Nottingham walk from Rowsley . http://www.caudwellsmill.co.uk/ Meet in the (free) car park in Old Station Close, Rowsley DE4 2EL for a 10.30am start. Grid Ref SK 257 658 White Peak map OL24. This is not the Caudwell Mill car park which is marked on the OS map. Old Station Close is off the A6 in Rowsley between the Grouse & Claret hotel and the road that goes through Chatsworth Park. From Bakewell look out for the Grouse & Claret on the left and then it's next on the right. Coming from Baslow through Chatsworth, turn right onto the A6 and it's immediately on the left. Coming from Matlock its on the left just after the right turn to Chatsworth. There is a small P and recycling sign.
7 mile walk over Stanton Moor and around Birchover, featuring standing stones, stone circle, great views, nice woodland. Some ups and downs but not too strenuous. Christine
Sunday 18th December - Matlock Start at Matlock Station Car Park DE4 3NA. Cost is £5.50 for a days parking - not the cheapest I am afraid. Prompt 10.30am start. This is a lovely 61/2 mile walk on good paths with a fair few ups and downs. There are some stiles but all are dog friendly. From Matlock we walk to Lumsdale and then onto Tansley before climbing up to Riber Castle. There are great views on our return of Matlock's impressive limestone gorge. There are toilets at the start of the walk and we will have tea and cakes at the Cafe in the Park in Matlock. Sally -
20th November Ruth Rigby . Creswell Crags. S80 3LH
Meet at Creswell Crags Visitor Centre S80 3LH http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/(parking £3) for a prompt 10.30 start. Easy 7.5 miles with very few muddy patches! Loos and tea shop in visitor centre. Very few stiles. Unfortunately the walk goes away from the Crags but if there is time and energy at the end then a short walk to the Crags is recommended. Ruth 07891480704.
16th October Marian. Shipley Park and Woodside Nature Reserve. Meet for 10.30 start at Ilkeston Hospital on the A6007 between Ilkeston and Heanor. DE7 8LN Grid reference: SK471435...NOTE........THE ROAD IS THE A6007 (NOT THE A609 AS PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED) On leaving the main road, turn right around the car park and go to the far end of the site. Park next to the resource centre at the back of the hospital. FREE PARKING 7 miles, passing Shipley Common, West Hallam and Mapperly village. Lunch by Mapperly reservoir. Refreshments at Nutbrook Coffee Shop. No vehicular access. 20 mins from cars. Mixture of tarmac and gravelled tracks, fields and grass paths, tiny bit of road. Some fields containing stock. Several stiles. Mostly flat - walking poles probably redundant. Marian
18th September Mount St Bernard Abbey Mount St Bernard's abbey, Oaks Road, Coalville, Leicestershire. LE67 5UL Meet in the car park at 10.20 (please give £1 donation in the honesty box) for a 10:30 start. The 7 mile walk takes in Warren Hills, Bardon hill (short but steep), Timberwood hills and Charnwood nature reserve. We will have tea and cake afterwards at the abbey tea rooms. Julie
Sunday 21st August, Newbold Coleorton Leics Start at 87 Worthington Lane, Newbold Coleorton, Leics, LE67 8PJ. (First house on the right if you are coming from Worthington or the last on left if you approach through the village.) This is the site of our 25th anniversary party. Cream tea available on return but you MUST order in advance, £3. Please book by 14th August by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 17th July Monyash. Meet in Monyash DE45 1JH on the village green for a 10:30 start. (7.5 miles approx.) down Lathkill Dale, (slippery limestone if wet, plus nettles) then to Haddon Grove, Sheldon and return. Some cows......but detours available......walking poles recommended. The Old Smithy Cafe is on the village green and open from 9am (if you fancy a cooked breakfast) until 5pm for post-walk refreshments. Alternatively, The Bulls Head is open all day and serves tea or coffee. There is a very small car park in the village and also on street parking. Mo
19th June ..The Roaches and Lud's Church A lovely (7.5 miles approx.) walk amidst jagged gritstone crags with great views across the Staffordshire Moorlands. Some uphill walking at the start, but reasonable once up on the ridge.
Meet at the start of the footpath (grid ref. SK006618) that points to the dip between Hen Cloud and The Roaches for a prompt 10:30 start - an approximate postcode, for location only, is ST13 8UA. Please be aware that it is a little... further up from the track that is signposted for Roaches Hall. Car sharing and an early arrival should be considered, where possible, as designated roadside parking is limited; cars have been ticketed on Saturdays and it might not be an issue on Sundays - but you never know! Conditions underfoot are usually good, if the weather has been dry, but can be tricky in places if it has rained, so walking poles might be a good idea, as some areas might be slippery. There are a couple of options for those who may prefer a shorter version of the walk: return, via the road, at Roach End, or meet us at Roach End, by the ice cream van (where we'll have a lunch break) and walk to Lud's Church from there. The Roaches Tearoom is open from 9am and serves a good breakfast, for anyone wishing to indulge, pre-walk. They also have a pretty good selection of cakes (for later) and a toilet! Sue 15th May. Calver Bridge Meet at the Derbyshire Craft Centre tea rooms, Calver Bridge, S32 3XA . Park nearby, not in the tea room car park (GR248745).http://www.derbyshirecraftcentre.co.uk. Walking up to Baslow Edge and along Curbar and Froggatt Edges, through the woods and back along the river. 8 miles, one steep up and one steep down (pus undulations of course) Small number of stiles, dogs will need to be on leads for quite a lot of the walk. Jane and Jane
17th April 2016.Bakewell Meet outside Cotswold Outdoors, Bridge St, Bakewell DE45 1DS to be away by 10.30am. We will walk out of Bakewell up and over Castle Hill Golf Course and up to Ballcross Farm - it is up! Once up top we walk over to Edensor a pretty village on the Chatsworth Estate.
At Edensor we will head right and up to Calton Houses (opportunity for a short cut back to Bakewell - bring a OS map if you want to follow a short cut) and then walk through a lamb filled field up to Lees Moor Wood. After this it is virtually all downhill or flat as we head towards Haddon Hall and then taking a lovely walk parallel to the River Wye and heading into Bakewell Mileage is 7.5 miles - it's lambing so please put dogs on leads when appropriate. few stiles and lots of great views
Afterwards suggest meet in The Peacock Inn, Bridge St, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1DS for tea and coffee or something stronger. (can't we have a Bakewell Tart? Mo) Leader Sally Moore
20th March 2016 - Eyam Meet at the large coach car park in Eyam S32 5QP, (it has public toilets and is free) for a 7 mile ramble to Stoney Middleton up Coombs Dale and back via Foolow. There are a couple of short steep sections and some farmland so dogs will have to be on leads for some sections. Choice of tea, real ale and cheese shops in Eyam on our return and there should be time to explore this fascinating village. Celia and Linda
21st February 2016. Cromford.
Meet outside the toilets at Cromford Mill for start of walk. Cromford Mill car park DE4 3RQ. http://cromfordmills.org.uk/ OL 24 Peak District 296570. There is ample parking at the mill and also on the car park opposite. £3.60 for the day. 6 mile walk climbing out of Cromford to join the Midshires Way and then returning along the Cromford Canal for 3 miles. There are a few stiles but walk is generally dog friendly. There a couple of short muddy sections (surprise!) but apart from that the walk is very good underfoot. There is a tea shop on our return. Sally Bull - 07969747325 17th January 2016: Mountsorrel
Meet at Stonehurst farm Tea shop car park LE12 7AA ONS 246 Loughborough, grid ref 154576 7 mile walk over Castle Hill, by Swithland reservoir, Buddon wood, through Quorn to Barrow on Soar following the canal towpath back to Mountsorrel. The walk is mainly flat with one hill at the beginning. There are a few stiles but mainly dog friendly. It might be muddy. A walk of contrasts: woods, canal and Leicestershire villages. Julie 07907938846 and Helen
Sunday 27th December 2015...CRIMBLE BIMBLE
Meet in the (free) car park in Old Station Close, Rowsley DE4 2EL for a 10.30am start. Grid Ref SK 257 658 White Peak map OL24. This is not the Caudwell Mill car park which is marked on the OS map. Old Station Close is off the A6 in Rowsley between the Grouse & Claret hotel and the road that goes through Chatsworth Park. From Bakewell look out for the Grouse & Claret on the left and then it's next on the right. Coming from Baslow through Chatsworth, turn right onto the A6 and it's immediately on the left. Coming from Matlock its on the left just after the right turn to Chatsworth. There is a small P and recycling sign.
7 mile walk over Stanton Moor and around Birchover, featuring standing stones, stone circle, great views, nice woodland. Some ups and downs but not too strenuous. We are looking for a possible 5 mile shortcut..keep an eye on this website for more information. ............WE HAVE DECIDED AGAINST A SHORT CUT BUT IF THE WEATHER IS POOR ETC WE WILL RECONSIDER FOR ALL OF US
We will be returning via Caudwells Mill teashop. Walk led by Christine
Sunday 15th November Tissington, Parwich and Bradbourne circular. A lovely walk around the gentle valleys and picturesque villages of the south Peak District. The walking is mostly through fields, but with great views and interesting churches and villages along the way. Most of the stiles are gap stiles in walls, with a few low step over stiles. There are 4 ascents and descents to cross valleys, but by Peak District standard they’re gentle(ish) and short(ish). Tearooms in Tissington, pub and village shop in Parwich. Meet at the Tissington Trail pay and display car park at the SE corner of Tissington village ( v. limited free parking elsewhere in the village ). OL 24 map GR177 522. Postcode for centre of village DE6 1RA. Distance 8 miles, tho’ we’ll do a 6 1/2 mile version if it’s raining or very muddy underfoot. Yvonne. Tel 0161 432 5951
Sunday 18th October. GRINDLEFORD STATION A lovely walk up through the woods around Bole Hill quarry then onto the moor and over Higger tor before continuing round and along Burbage edge and back down through Padley Gorge. Autumn colours in the woodland and great views across the moorland. We start and finish (hopefully) at the famous Grindleford station cafe, a local institution and unreconstructed good value greasy spoon. Meet early by 09.45 for breakfast if you fancy fuelling up before the hike. 10km by my map measurer, 10.7 by Linda's gps on the pre-walk. That's about 6.7 miles. It's mostly fairly easy going but there are a couple of short steep uphill sections and a bit of scrambling around the rocks. Stiles are all gates, so dog friendly, but on the open access land dogs need to be kept on the lead. Toilets at the cafe, 20p if you are not buying anything.
Address: Station Road, Grindleford, S32 2HY. Celia 07519 607399.
Sunday 20th September
Start at Ashover (just off the A 632 Matlock - Chesterfield Road. GR349634) Park in free car park outside the Ashover Parish Hall / Tennis courts S45 0BA (up Dovecotes and Milken Road with the Black Swan on the corner). 7 miles. Many stiles (mostly squeeze-styles but some climbing) and some stock grazing in fields. Interesting and varied walk. Jane and Jane 0771 048 5991Sunday 16th August. Beresford Dale.
Meet at the entrance to Beresford Lane farm, SK17 0HQ (parking in yard) on the way down to Beresford Dale, near Hartington. (GR117584). If you get to the river you have gone too far - turn round and go back up the road. There will be a 6 mile walk (with a slightly shorter version). There is one steep climb, several stiles (sorry Sue/Sally) and then afternoon tea at Mo's caravan! (offers to provide cake/scones welcome!). Mo 07970420713 P.S. for those new to this annual event (Annie etc!!) not everyone has to bring a cake...although you may want to bring a camping chair and a mug..but I do have 17 mugs!! Cakes are left in cars or the caravan for the duration of the walk.
Sunday 19th July. Monyash.
Meet in Monyash DE45 1JH on the village green for a 10:30 start. The walk takes us across to Flagg, via the Limestone Way. From here, we cross the fields towards Taddington, turning off just above the village and heading along the track to Over Wheal and Deep Dale (suggested lunch stop). Taking the path out of Deep Dale, we walk up to the village of Sheldon (nice pub - Cock and Pullet). We then take the path through the Magpie Mine and back across the fields into Monyash, via a short stretch of road walking at the very end.
7.5 miles, fairly flat for most of it. Good conditions underfoot on the day of the reccie, but has been known to be pretty muddy in places after rain. Some stiles, but quite dog friendly. Cattle and sheep are around, so dogs will need to be kept on leads, where necessary.
The Old Smithy Cafe is open from 9am (if you fancy a cooked breakfast) until 5pm for post-walk refreshments. Alternatively, The Bulls Head is open all day and serves tea or coffee. There is a very small car park in the village and also on street parking. Sue 0770 698 2602
Sunday 21st June. Youlgreave Starting at Coldwell End car park at the far end of Youlgreave village on right hand side when approaching Youlgreave from the A6. Car park costs £2.50 if I remember right and there are toilets. This is a lovely 7 mile walk which follows a concession path in Lathkill Dale down into dales with tumbling water and over hills with panoramic views. There is one steepish climb at start of the walk and a descent down a path with slabs which can be slippy when wet. We end the walk at The Farmyard Inn in Youlgreave for tea and cakes, or a pint if that fits the bill. Sally - 07969747325 and Sue West Here are details of some of our previous walks.
Sunday 17th May. Rowsley Meet in the (free) car park in Old Station Close Rowsley DE4 2EL for a 10.30am start. 6.5 mile walk above Haddon Hall, and overlooking Bakewell and across Calton Pastures to Calton Lees. Hoping the bluebells will still be in flower. Returning to Caudwells Mill teashop. http://www.caudwellsmill.co.uk/ Mo 07970420713 and Ruth 07891480704.
Sunday 19th April Tissington Starting from the P&D car park on the Tissington trail at Tissington. Off the A515 just north of Ashbourne. Car park charge £4.50 for the day. There are toilets at the car park, and a snack cabin. We will walk over the fields to Parwich then head WNW across country to join the trail near Biggin and walk back from there. Tea shop at the end, Herbert's Fine English Tearooms at Tissington Hall (Sounds posh, but they do welcome muddy boots!) We cross quite a few fields so it will be muddy unless we get a lot of dry weather in the next two weeks and as it is lambing time, dogs will have to be kept on leads most of the way. Short steepish uphill stretch near the beginning then fairly gentle. 7.5 miles long. Opportunity to do a shorter 4.5 mile walk will be available - bring your own map and we can show you the way back. Linda email email@example.com
15th March 2015 Station Road, Bakewell DE45 1G something!! usual 10.30 start.
OS Map: Explorer OL 24 Map Ref: SK 220 687 The walk starts at the car park at the bottom of Station Road, cost £5. This a gentle walk under 8 miles taking in a large amount of the local railway heritage. We walk up Station Road to the station and then onto the Monsal Trail making our way past Hassop station and towards the Headstone tunnel, which was reopened to the public in 2011. When we come out of the tunnel we take the path immediately to the right and begin the shortish steep ascent up to Monsal Head. If you like we can have a cuppa at Hobb's cafe or just sit at the top and take in the views. We then go to little Longstone through to great Longstone. Be aware you will need gaiters as it is very muddy. We walk through the village and walk up Mires Lane and through a field and head towards Toll Bar House and the final leg back to Bakewell. Izzy
15th February 2015 Sunday 15th February Catch the 11.08 steam train to Loughborough (arrive 11.15) from Quorn and Woodhouse station and walk along the canal and through green lanes back to Quorn and Woodhouse..6 miles. The route avoids a lot of mud but there are some patches..lets hope for a frosty day!! There are no stiles and it is flat!! Buy your train ticket at the station..£3 and £2 for dogs. Meet beforehand in the Butler Henderson Cafe in (free) station car park LE12 8AW. www.gcrailway.co.uk. Can't wait for latecomers...but could meet us at Loughborough Great Central station at 11.15........not the main line!! Mo
Sunday 18 January 2015 A ramble rather than a hike! A 6 mile walk taking in Foremark reservoir and Anchor church - a sandstone crag overlooking the River Trent. An early Christian church hewn from the rock.
Meet at John Thompson pub Ingleby village DE73 7HW from Swarkestone on the A514/B5008. Please park at the far end of car park from pub. The landlord has agreed to let us park. We will have lunch overlooking Foremark reservoir. Gently undulating countryside. There is a short section by the Trent which is narrow with a steep drop. ONS 245 the National Forest grid reference 268354 Julie
Sunday 21st December 2014 10.30 am start. Meet in the Cromford Mill courtyard outside loos and cafe. Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3RQ for a six mile hyke. There is some free street parking for the early birds plus at least 3 car parks so bring some coins. http://cromfordmills.org.uk. . see http://www.nottinghamhd.org.uk/. Izzy