Todwick Ramblers Club Walks: 2017
12th August 2017
5.5 miles Hope Valley circular – Castleton – Peakshole Water
On Saturday, 12 August 2017 a small but select group of ramblers numbering nine in total set out from Hope village, with the sound of the church clock striking the hour, giving us encouragement to ignore the black clouds overhead that had been forecast to dissipate around 11.00 hrs.
Leaving the village behind us we quickly encountered the lush grassy meadows full of sheep which are a feature that define this part of the Peak District.
Using well-trodden footpaths, we meandered along, passing from one field to another quite easily by using the pedestrian gates provided along the route, and enjoying the scenic backdrop to the walk that was provided by the hills all around us.
All too soon we began to approach the outskirts of Castleton which was the half way point of the ramble. On entering the village we discovered that a number of charming old stone cottages had been converted into jewellery and antique shops encouraging our group to participate in some retail therapy for a short while. However, we all managed to keep our monies safe in our back pockets and using quiet back streets we soon left temptation behind us as our route turned back towards Hope.
Before long we were soon walking once again through typical sheep country split up into fields but this time by stone walls. We used an interesting variety of gates and stiles to pass from one field to another with the chimney of the cement works providing a constant brooding landmark, before returning to our cars via a footbridge over a broad stream known as Peakshole Water.
Generally, the weather was reasonably kind to us despite two short showers which coincided with our refreshment stops.
An extra bonus on the day was the sight of the heather on the moors in full bloom as we travelled between Fox House and Hope along the A625.
26th July 2017
Chander Hill – A619 – Bagthorpe Lane – Wadshelf – A619 – Chander Hill
Despite the weather forecast for heavy rain, 21 enthusiastic (or should that be foolish?) walkers met at Chander Hill on the west side of Chesterfield.
Crossing the A619 we entered fields by the first of many challenging stiles, made even more difficult by the wet conditions.
Four fields, a river bridge and a short muddy climb took us out into Bagthorpe Lane and easier walking for a little distance.
Passing two typical Derbyshire farms we left the lane to walk field paths passing a boggy area which, along with another slightly further south, is claimed by locals to be the source of the river Rother.
We soon reached the Hamlet of Wadshelf, named after Wadda who lived here on a ledge or shelf. Wadshelf was also once the home of the late Radio Sheffield presenter and folk singer Tony Capstick.
Again crossing the A619, we continued along field paths which normally give splendid views over Chesterfield, the Crooked Spire, and Bolsover Castle in the distance. Unfortunately, due to the rain clouds, none of this could be seen. Further field paths, two woods and a short road section took us back to our starting point. A short walk of 4.5 miles, but it seemed a lot further due to the rain and wearing of waterproofs. Thanks to all who made the effort to walk in the difficult conditions.
Terry, walk leader.
9th July 2017
Worsbrough – Queen Anne’s Obelisk – Rockley Furnace – Norman Church – Worsbrough Mill
On Sunday, 9 July 2017, sixteen members of the Todwick Ramblers group enjoyed a 5.5-mile walk in the countryside around the Worsbrough Mill Country Park. In warm and sunny conditions, the group followed a route which included paths around the reservoir, across fields, in woodland, some short road sections and through the small attractive village of Worsbrough before returning to the reservoir and visitor centre cafe and picnic area where many of us enjoyed tea and soft drinks to refresh us after our exertions.
A particular feature of this walk were the historical landmarks we passed on our route. These included: Queen Anne’s Obelisk, built in 1734 by Thomas Wentworth, first Earl of Strafford; the impressive ruins of Rockley Furnace, built around 1700 to smelt local iron ore and next to it an engine house from around 1813 to drain local ironstone mines; a Norman church with a number of medieval monuments; and, at the beginning and end of the walk, the 17th-century Worsbrough Mill which is now an interesting museum.
23rd June 2017
Cote Green Farm – Wharncliffe Escarpment – Howbrook – Wortley Hall – Wortley Village
With the sky threatening rain an intrepid band of 10 ramblers gathered at Cote Green Farm car park and began the ascent across the Wharncliffe escarpment. The higher we climbed the better the weather became. At the highest point of the walk extensive views were to be seen across South Yorkshire.
After a short break for coffee we began our descent over undulating countryside to the village of Howbrook, pausing to admire a particularly beautiful cottage garden. After lunch at the village wayside cross we continued on to the parkland surrounding Wortley Hall, through Wortley village and down the hill back to the car park.
Total distance was approximately 5.2 miles.
David J Warburton
11th June 2017
Crowgate Car Park – South Anston – Chesterfield Canal – Hawks Wood – Old Spring Wood – Lindrick Dale – Anston Stones Wood – South Anston – Crowgate Car Park
On a bright but blustery morning, 18 members met at Crowgate car park, South Anston, for a local walk.
Initially going through part of South Anston we were soon out into open countryside, crossing fields down to the Chesterfield canal. Turning left we followed the canal for about 1/2 mile before leaving the canal and going into Hawks Wood, the first of 3 woods we would walk through. A steady climb took us to the top of the wood from where views of the Old Hall at Thorpe Salvin could be seen. A few weeks earlier the wood had been a carpet of bluebells, sadly all now finished.
The next wood was Old Spring Wood which eventually took us back to the canal where a coffee stop was made on one of the bridges over the canal. We were very fortunate that just as we arrived at the bridge a narrow boat was passing by making its way through the nearby locks.
Passing over the railway lines and a field took us into Lindrick Dale and then to Anston Stones Wood where lunch was taken. Suitably refreshed a steady walk through the wood followed where some of our lady members were particularly interested in some of the wild orchids growing there. Crossing the busy A57 road took us back into South Anston and the car park at Crowgate, a distance of 5.7 miles. Many thanks to all who attended the walk.
Ernest and Judy Wraith.
28th May 2017
Elton – Dale End – Cheese Factory – Smerril Grange – Long Dale – Gratton Dale – Oddo House Farm – Elton
Our walk started at the picturesque village of Elton a couple of miles west of Winster. Both villages are well worth a visit if you are ever in the neighbourhood.
The weather was warm and pleasant as 17 ramblers set out from the church down a lane and into the fields. The path dropped down towards the road going north from Elton to a gate in the corner of a field where we encountered a herd of cows blocking our way. In the midst of the cows was a rather large bull. We approached rather gingerly along the fence and they politely moved away to let us through.
We passed over more fields to Dale End and then onto the road to Smerril Grange. On our way we passed a house named the Cheese Factory where our arrival was announced by a noisy sheep dog. We then had a bit of a climb to the top of the hill where we passed some strange carvings on a couple of large boulders. Our group then arrived at Smerril Grange and took a well-earned break for coffee before we resumed our climb up the hill along a bridle path.
At the top of the hill we turned southwest to the rim of Long Dale. This is a long green flat valley and gave very pleasant and easy walking. Along this valley we encountered cowslips and orchids although they were not as plentiful as one would have expected.
At the end of Long Dale we stopped for lunch before heading north up Gratton Dale. The path along here was not as pleasant as that in Long Dale being full of short trees which tended to hide the best of the view. Before reaching the end of Gratton Dale we took the path east to Oddo House Farm past its huge Silage Pit and so onto our start in Elton.
This was a walk in beautiful green country taking in the hidden dales of Gratton and Long Dale. Well worth the effort.
17th - 19th May 2017
Todwick Ramblers Walking Holiday – Malham
Twenty-eight members attended the fourth annual walking holiday this year based at The Lister Arms Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales. We were very fortunate escaping the band of rain further south and all our walks were completed in dry conditions.
Wednesday, 17th May 2017
Twenty-seven members (one absent due to watching 22 men kick a bag of wind about at some place called Hillsborough) plus 4 guests met by the banks of the Aire at Gargrave for an easy walk of just under 6 miles over rolling meadows and along the tow path of the Leeds to Liverpool canal. The walk gave splendid views of the Dales and enabled our legs to be “warmed up” for the next two days.
Thursday, 18th May 2017
Following an enjoyable evening meal and a large Yorkshire breakfast the walkers, now re-joined by our football supporter (remind us Ernest how did the Owls do?) assembled outside the hotel for a walk very different from the previous day up to and around Malham Tarn.
Starting with a walk up Cove Road, we then entered the fields by the first of 8 challenging stiles, the ladies being helped over by one of our male ramblers who appeared to enjoy the experience. (Thanks Tony). On reaching the point at the top of Dry Valley we stopped to enjoy the views and have our coffee break.
Continuing upwards we passed “water sink” where the outlet from the Tarn disappears into the ground not to emerge at the bottom of the cove but some 2 miles further down the valley at the source of the Aire to reach the Tarn.
There then followed an easy walk around the Tarn, stopping half way round at the NT picnic site for lunch, and continuing along the boardwalk to reach the entrance to Dean Moor. A further stop was taken at the Smelt Chimney, where several walkers took advantage of the warm sun and soft moorland grass to lay and “give their eyes a rest”.
On leaving the moor, a short road section, a field path and a green lane took us back to our base.
A walk of just less than 9 miles was more strenuous than our usual club walks but was well worth the effort.
Friday, 19th May 2017
Following a further very enjoyable evening meal and hearty breakfast we again set off for a walk up to the waterfalls of Janet’s Foss and Gordale Scar. Due to the recent dry spell, neither was in full flow but still a delight.
A path contouring the hillside then took us to the top of Malham Cove and our lunch stop. We were very fortunate to spot the Peregrine Falcons and their chicks on the rocks. A number of excellent photographs being taken by our “birder” Brian.
There then followed a traverse of the limestone payment and a descent of the 400 steps to the bottom of the cove.
With tired legs the walk of 5 miles was completed with a return to Malham just before the first spots of rain arrived.
A very enjoyable 3 days, and a very big thanks to all who attended especially Anne for arranging the accommodation.
More photos: https://goo.gl/photos/dhNQxWqgYy6Tm5ja7
Helena & Terry, Walk Leaders
14th May 2017
Grenoside village – Wharncliffe Wood – Wharncliffe Chase – Wheata Woods – The Chase – Wharncliffe Wood – Prior Royd – Grenoside village
This walk of around 5.5 miles was mainly on forestry tracks through the beautiful Wharncliffe Wood with a short section across open land at Wharncliffe Chase before a final climb to the impressive viewpoint above Hunter House farm. The walk started from the changed starting point of the community centre in Grenoside village for which permission had been sought from the centre’s secretary.
Heading out of Grenoside, the 16 walkers first followed the gently ascending Trans Pennine Trail route through Wheata Woods with long distance views opening up over the valley towards Oughtibridge. The clear forestry track skirted the edge of the woods before reaching the boundary with the open ground of the Chase, an area of bracken and heath with small ponds and large boulders strewn haphazardly. The high ladder stile into the Chase proved a good test of the group’s nimbleness and head for heights and was successfully tackled with some hilarity and trepidation but, thankfully, without physical injury. To rest from this exertion, the group took a short coffee break, sitting on some of the boulders and taking advantage of the great views of the moors towards Bradfield and Strines.
The next section of the route was easy walking through Wharncliffe Wood and the woodland of Prior Royd, enjoying the sunny and clear weather. The route then followed a narrow and steep path through the woods to the viewpoint above Hunter House Farm. From here, there were impressive sights in all directions, taking in Sheffield and Rotherham and the countryside in between. From this lofty perch, it was also easy to see an approaching rain cloud which fortunately dampened the opposite side of the valley rather than our group. Although we escaped the rain, we were all treated to blasts of cold wind for a short time whilst we were taking our lunch. Soon, in sunshine again, we continued our walk, heading downhill to reach our cars back in the village of Grenoside.
25th April 2017
Ford – Plumbley – West Mosborough – Moss Valley
Despite a forecast of wintry weather there was an excellent turnout of 21 members in the car park adjacent to the Bridge Inn at Ford. It was cool, but the sun was shining as we set off up a steep but short incline towards Ridgeway. The path followed a bridleway and then climbed through a large meadow, we were rewarded with lovely views over the Moss valley and across Derbyshire. Downhill now, through a sea of yellow, a field of oil seed rape, to the farm at Plumbley.
After a few more fields and stiles we arrived at our coffee/lunch stop, this had the advantage of conveniently placed large stones to sit on, excellent views and a very interesting installation, which told some of the history of Mosborough and enabled us to identify various local landmarks. Even better the sun was still shining!
After suitable refreshment, we continued our walk along the ancient trackway of Bridle Stile, into Mosborough. Some road walking down the quiet Gashouse Lane, until we turned into the Ladybank Wood, where we were greeted by a wonderful display of bluebells. We continued along Lady Ida’s Drive enjoying the sight and smell of the bluebells and fresh green leaves of the trees. Then, with a few more undulations and stiles, made our way back to the starting point. A very pleasant walk of just over 5 miles, we had sun almost all the time and only an odd hailstone or two.
Some of us completed the outing by enjoying a drink and some food at the Bridge Inn.
9th April 2017
Carlton Lees – Derwent Valley – Rowsley – Falling Edge – Falling Woods – Beeley
A warm sunny summers day in the first week of April(!), greeted 23 members on our arrival at Chatsworth Park’s Carlton Lees car park for our latest walk.
Starting with a stroll through the pretty hamlet of Carton Lees we soon entered riverside meadows to walk down the Derwent Valley to arrive at Rowsley. Just like Todwick the pronunciation of Rowsley is open to interpretation, but the locals pronounce the Row as in rowing boat.
A brief rest was taken to allow the walkers to use the facilities at Peak Village shopping centre, some also taking advantage of the “naughty but nice” cakes on sale. In the middle of the new buildings of the shopping centre stands the original railway station designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, although this was never used. When the railway from Derby to Manchester was projected in 1849 it was intended to continue in the Derwent Valley through Chatsworth Park; however, the line only reached this station. On the death of the 6th duke of Devonshire, the new Duke was not in favour of the line, so this was abandoned with the line proceeding up the Wye Valley to Bakewell. A new station, Rowsley South, being built on the other side of the A6.
A climb from Rowsley to Falling Edge was broken by taking a refreshment stop part way up the first field, giving good views of Rowsley and the Derwent Valley.
Passing through Falling Woods, where the first bluebells were seen to be coming in flower, we emerged into fields taking our second break looking down on the village of Beeley.
Passing through the very popular village, we soon crossed the road to gain the field path back to our starting point.
28th March 2017
Manor Heritage Trail Sheffield – St Aidan’s Church – City Road Cemetery – Belgian Memorial – Mass Grave World War II – Soldiers War Graves Memorial – Manor Fields – Rhubarb Shed Café – Manor Castle Hunting Lodge – Sky Edge – Shrewsbury Hospital Estate on Norfolk Road – 1832 Cholera Monument – Clay Wood – Norfolk Park
23 Todwick Ramblers assembled near St Aidan’s Church to follow the Manor Heritage Trail. A stroll through City Road Cemetery included visiting the memorial to Belgian soldiers and refugees who died in Sheffield during WW1, the mass grave of 134 Sheffielders killed in the Blitz of December 1940 and the War Graves memorial for soldiers who died of their injuries WWI & WWII.
We continued through the parkland of Manor Fields eventually reaching the Rhubarb Shed cafe where we enjoyed a coffee break and misty views across the Don valley.
Next we skirted the nearby Manor Castle Hunting Lodge, the site of Mary Queen of Scots imprisonment. We then crossed Sky Edge, by which time the mist was clearing giving extensive views over the Sheaf Valley, City Centre and the Don Valley towards Rotherham.
Walking down to see the historic Shrewsbury Hospital Estate on Norfolk Road, we had a fortuitous meeting with the Chaplain who welcomed us into the Chapel and regaled us with the history of the Estate.
We crossed to the Cholera grounds and had a short break by the Monument to commemorate the many deaths from the 1832 epidemic, another good viewing spot over the city.
A stroll through adjacent Clay Wood brought us to Norfolk Park and a walk through an avenue of Oak trees brought us to the top of the park and then back to our starting point.
We reached the end of the Ramble, somewhat weary but having learnt a little more of Sheffield’s historic past.
12th March 2017
Lees Bottom Peak Park Car Park – Deepdale – Sheldon – Great Shacklow Wood – Deepdale
We met at the Lees Bottom Peak Park Car Park just north of Ashford in the Water. Although the weather forecast had been very poor, we were blessed with a sunny and relatively warm day. Driving up the A6 to the car park it was noted that the River Wye was very high and clearly there had been a lot of rain just prior our visit. This became more apparent as the path leading up to Deepdale was submerged beneath a stream and we had to make a diversion to get to the stile at the entrance to the dale. From here we had a steady climb about 1.5 miles though Deepdale before emerging at its head. Deepdale is an area of special scientific interest due to the abundance of wildflowers that bloom from June to September. Unfortunately, we were too early to witness this display.
Emerging at the head of the dale we headed east along a minor road which after another 1.5 miles took us to the delightful village of Sheldon typical of the peak district with its stone houses, four farms, a single pub the Cock and Pullet and a village hall. We descended gently east to the edge of the village where we took a path across grassy fields northwards heading back to the River Wye. A lunch break was taken on the banks of the Wye before heading west towards our starting point.
The path now followed the banks of the river to where we came across an old water mill now, alas, gradually decaying. From here we ascended up into Great Shacklow Wood eventually dropping back to the entrance of Deepdale and hence to the car park. After a beautiful day, with not an insignificant amount of up and down, 13 tired but happy ramblers set out for home.
22nd February 2017
Broomhead Reservoir – Wigtwizzle Bridleway – Broomhead and More Hall Reservoirs
14 walkers met at Broomhead Reservoir near Bolsterstone on this windiest of days for a walk in what has been described as the “most beautiful dale in South Yorkshire”.
The initial climb, up the Wigtwizzle Bridleway, was quite steep but at least we were sheltered from the wind by trees. After a little road walking we crossed the grounds of the, now demolished, Moorhead Hall, where Guy Gibson stayed during the practice runs for the Dambusters raids (Moorhead Reservoir was one of the practice dams).
We then walked some of the Tour de France route (get your bid in if you want billiard table roads!) for a while before descending back towards the Broomhead and More Hall reservoirs, opened in 1929, designed by Mr William Terrey, probably the best water engineer in the UK and responsible for the quality of Sheffield’s water ever since. A stroll along the side of the reservoir soon took us back to the cars. A testing walk but the wind did create 14 new hairstyles!
Nige and Jude Singleton
11th February 2017
Todwick – Anston Stones Wood – Woodsetts – Todwick
The weather over the weekend commencing Saturday, 11th February 2017 was depressing, with strong easterly winds which kept temperatures throughout the daylight hours to around zero. This was coupled with continuous rain and sleet that had turned field paths into slushy wet streams, a situation that would have deterred many a walker, but not 19 members of Todwick Ramblers Club who set off on the Sunday morning for a 4.5-mile circular ramble that encompassed the pleasant and varied countryside between Anston Stones Wood and Woodsetts.
Stopping only for a short break to enjoy hot drinks from our flasks we completed the day’s outing in just under 2.5 hours with everyone saying, as we neared the end of our journey, how much they had enjoyed the experience, thus proving once again, that a day out in the fresh air with good company is a sure way to overcome damp spirits.
28th January 2017
Clumber Park – Hardwick Village – Californian Giant Redwood trees
On Saturday, 28th January, 27 walkers met at Clumber Park to walk a figure-of-eight from the cricket field. The first loop of approximately 4 miles took us northwards through beautiful woodland, circling around to Hardwick Village and the eastern end of the lake. We followed the edge of the lake round to the pleasure gardens, on the way spotting a pair of herons. A stroll through the gardens completed the first loop and lunch near the main facilities.
The second, 3 mile, loop took us westwards, close to the edge of the park, following a metalled track built during WW2. On either side of the track we could make out depressions in the ground which had been ammunition dumps. Heading back towards the end of the walk we visited a group of Californian Giant Redwood trees with their unusual soft bark.
The paths were good and the weather was kind. What more could one ask?
Nigel & Judith Singleton
11th January 2017
Tresswell Wood – Stanhope Farm – Bottom Woodbeck Farm – Tresswell village – Sheds Farm – Lee Beck
Our walk began from the parking area adjacent to Tresswell Wood. The wood is maintained by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and they have created a number of easy walks in and around the wood.
We took one of these wide tracks in a southerly direction for half a mile before turning east along a muddy track where one of our number accumulated a considerable covering of the aforementioned substance. After a short time we emerged out of the wood and onto a green lane taking us south and around the wood through Stanhope Farm where we witnessed horses being trained. Our path lay across two fields to the road by Bottom Woodbeck Farm.
Two quiet country lanes led us to the outskirts of Tresswell village. Rather than enter the village we took a narrow lane north and from there onto another green lane which took us northwest to our only crossing of a muddy field. Escaping the mud we followed another green lane north and then west taking us south of Sheds Farm. From here we followed Lee Beck for a short distance before heading south along a path at the edge of a field back to our cars.
Considering it was January it was quite a pleasant but windy day and all 15 members present enjoyed a 6-mile and relatively mud-free walk.