Todwick Ramblers Club

Todwick Ramblers Club Walks: 2017

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).

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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.

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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.