Todwick Ramblers Club Walks: 2017
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.