Todwick Ramblers Club Walks: 2008-2012
27th December 2012
A party of 16 ramblers full of Christmas cheer, with one or two walkers eager to try out their new gear, set off from Laughton on 27 December 2012 following the well-trodden route along Slade Hills to take part in the Carol Service at Roche Abbey.
The weather conditions on the day were good for the time of year; however, the heavy rainfall over the previous few weeks had turned sections of the route into deep sludgy quagmires resulting in the group rapidly looking like a party of mud larks. After approximately 1¼ hrs walking we arrived at Roche Abbey where a selection of hot and cold drinks plus mince pies were awaiting us.
Pleasantly refreshed we made our way with many others to the centre of the ruined Abbey to take part in the Carol Service lead by Thurcroft Brass Band. Shortly after the service had started the sun briefly broke through the clouds and illuminated the limestone ruins creating a very atmospheric setting.
Our return back to Laughton was in the company of other fellow walkers, with whom we reminisced about previous Carol Services, and also discussed the organisational requirements of such an event, with a view to providing help in order to ensure that the traditions of this annual Carol Service can continue.
2nd December 2012
After all the rain of the previous week we were fortunate to meet on a bright, sunny, but frosty Sunday morning at the Village Hall for a Local walk.
The route took 12 Ramblers across the fields from Axle Lane, the frost making solid ground over the first stretch by the farm; this had been a bog a few days before. We continued alongside the quarry, stopping to view a perched Kestrel nearby, to join the Canal at Kiveton Park.
Recent rain had stirred the canal water into a brown soup colour. After a short stroll along the towpath we crossed the rail-line and climbed to South Anston. Here is a good panoramic view over towards the moors above Sheffield in the west and across to the Trent power stations in the east.
A walk through the village, then along the footpath adjacent to Wainwright’s garage took us into Anston Stones Wood. We followed the path alongside Anston Brook to eventually join the A57 at the western edge of the village. We used the two picnic tables by the brook for our snack break, better than the usual perch on stones or just the grass!
The route then took us back to the wall footpath and so back to Todwick. Half the group then detoured across the fields to Greenbean for a welcome mid-day lunch. Altogether about 6 miles, nobody questioning the calculation – just a doddle after the Win Hill climb the previous Tuesday.
Brian & Rosemary Chambers
27th November 2012
Seven brave souls assembled at Hope Valley for the accent of Win Hill; with a clear view of the top we could see it was empty of walkers. After wading through floods, mud and one of the highest stone stiles in Derbyshire we made it to the top and we were rewarded by great views of Mam Tor, Ladybower Reservoir, Castleton and not forgetting the Cement Works.
With strong winds at the top and one rambler already blown over we took some photos and made a hasty retreat to calmer air lower down. It is all downhill from here through the woods and despite a fallen tree blocking the path and it being slippery underfoot we made it down to the Ladybower Reservoir in one piece. We then had the spectacular sight of millions of gallons of water a second (OK a slight exaggeration) going down the circular stone stepped outflow which if you have not seen it is worth a ride out for. A bit further on we stopped for a look at the whale back water flow checker that gives the Water Board Man a quick guide as to how much water is flowing down the river. The next stretch is along the disused railway line that once carried the stone for the Howden and Derwent Reservoirs. We walked through Thornhill a small village that does not seem to have ever changed and also has a couple of Reliant three wheelers on show. It was then a steady stroll across the fields and back to Hope. Six Ramblers had done enough to warrant a visit to the cheap carvery at Owlerbar and very good too and a pudding. All in all we were very lucky with the weather, just some light drizzle. Thanks to all the Ramblers that turned up. We enjoyed your company.
Mick & Sylvia
11th November 2012
14 members set off on a bright sunny morning starting at Todwick News to walk the Stan Rouse Trail.
The trail from Todwick took us to Low Laithes Farm, Aston Church, Vessey Close Farm, Hardwick Lane, before returning to Todwick down Goosecarr Lane.
A minute’s silence to mark Remembrance Day was held at 11.00 am on our way to Aston.
28th October 2012
The Todwick Ramblers enjoyed a walk of around 6 miles on Sunday, 28 October 2012. Starting from Renishaw, the group headed down the leafy Cuckoo Way trail, so-named after the barges that, in the past, used the Chesterfield Canal. After a mile or so, the walk turned off the trail and used paths and bridleways near Mastin Moor, passing paddocks, farms and crossing brooks over stepping stones with distant views of rolling countryside. Walk leader, Ken Whetter said “it’s surprising how little known some of these paths are. They certainly deserve to be walked for the variety of landscapes they offer”.
The final stages of the walk climbed gently to the hillside village of Spinkhill and, passing through the playing fields of Mount St Mary School, the walk returned to the start point along the autumn-leaved broad-tracked Trans Pennine Trail.
20th October 2012
On a very pleasant Sunday morning 10 members met at Todwick to catch the bus to Harthill, the starting point for our latest local walk.
The walk commenced along good field paths, passing close to the wind turbines on Loscar Common, to cross Common Lane on our way to Thorpe Salvin. Unfortunately, once across the lane, the fields had been subjected to ploughing/cultivating and the paths were not as easy to walk or the line as well defined.
We then proceeded through Thorpe Salvin to take a field path were we had our refreshment break.
Fully refreshed the walk then continued down until we reached the Chesterfield Canal, however we did not join the towpath at this point, but walked through the delightful Hawks Wood to join the towpath just before Kiveton Park Station.
Our return to Todwick was now past the Station Inn, through the recycling plant, and across fields to emerge on Kiveton Lane.
29th September 2012
For our third walk of the month we again returned to Derbyshire, but not the more popular Peak District but the less well known, but possibly the prettier area of Holymoorside just west of Chesterfield.
We started with a gentle climb up to the appropriately named Windy Fields which gave good views over the village of Holymoorside and the surrounding valley.
Continuing up Loads Head valley we stopping to wonder what the view would have been if the proposal in the thirties to flood the valley to provide water for Chesterfield had gone ahead. A stroll down the riverside then took us to our first refreshment stop at Neither Loads.
We then crossed Holy Moor and descended to the peculiar named Cat Hole before climbing again up to the highest point of the walk at Stone Edge were we took our second break.
Our walk was now all downhill through Gladwin Wood to return to our start point.
19th September 2012
Nine members parked close by Shireoaks Marina to take part in an evening ramble on Wednesday, 19th September 2012, and had the good fortune to enjoy a balmy summer’s evening as we walked through the attractive countryside around Shireoaks.
The circular route had a number of interest points along the way ranging from the derelict Shireoaks Hall to the civil engineering achievements incorporated into the creation of the Chesterfield Canal way back in the 1770s.
The now restored canal looked in pristine condition with its clear and almost still waters reflecting the trees and bridges as we followed its towpath to return us to Shireoaks, passing through the picture-postcard hamlet of Turner Wood along the way.
15th September 2012
Clear blue skies and a cool but gentle breeze with continuous sunshine lighting up the White Peak landscape provided the impetus to start a fine day’s rambling that took place on Saturday, 15th September 2012.
Our 8-mile route initially followed a section of the Limestone Way as we headed north-west away from Youlgreave passing through a patchwork of fields where we met a Friesian bull, who fortunately expressed no interest in our small party whatsoever.
Shortly afterwards we were descending down 3 knee-creaking flights of well worn stone steps to access the top end of Lathkill Dale and the head waters of the River Lathkill. From here we turned east to follow the river as it meandered down this classic dale as far as Conksbury Bridge. Following a pleasant picnic by the river we carried on towards Alport and the confluence of the Rivers Bradford and Lathkill.
Our route now turned west to follow another fine dale with the clear waters of the River Bradford providing a series of breathtaking scenes as it tumbled over old weirs.
Two thirds of the way up Bradford Dale we crossed the river via an old packhorse bridge to rejoin the Limestone Way which directed us up a steep hill back to our cars.
Whilst getting our breath back we were able to enjoy the panoramic view that presented itself, and to unanimously agree that we had experienced an excellent day out.
17th August 2012
Sunday, 17th August 2012 provided a warm and sunny day for 9 club members, who met up in Rosehill Victoria Park, to undertake an easy 5-mile circular ramble, which encompassed a corridor of countryside between Rawmarsh and Swinton.
The route incorporated 2 nature reserves, an ancient earthwork, 2 woodlands, and the historic site of Rawmarsh Pottery.
Attempting to identify local landmarks situated around Swinton and Rawmarsh conurbations gave the group the opportunity to compare and appreciate the different aspects of rural countryside that the Rotherham Metropolitan has to offer.
23rd June 2012
On Saturday, 23rd June 2012, 9 members plus “Bob the Dog” met at Ashford-in-the-Water on a bright but cool day for late June, for a 6 mile walk in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
A delightful stroll along the banks of the river Wye soon took us to the old packhorse bridge on the western edge of Bakewell were evidence of the Arkwright family’s cotton industry can still be found.
We then turned away from the river to follow the old packhorse track up a gentle climb to emerge in open fields with good views of Bakewell below were we took our first refreshment break.
Fully refreshed we continued along the track to reach the highest point of the walk which not only gave a panoramic view of the Wye valley and Monsal Head, but also the dark rain clouds approaching from the west.
Now fully clad in “full monsoon” clothing we continued in the rain to gain access to the Monsal Trail, which as usual at weekends was crowded with walkers and cyclists. Thankfully in a short distance we left the trail to walk through hay and pasture fields first to Great Longstone and then on to Little Longstone for our second refreshment break.
At last the rain stopped, and the sun shone to accompany us down through a number of typical Derbyshire Dale’s fields with squeeze stiles as we returned to our starting point.
6th June 2012
Looking for some relief from the rain-battered Diamond Jubilee weekend 14 members attended the Club’s summer ramble and pub lunch which took place in perfect weather conditions on Wednesday, 6th June 2012.
The ramble started from The Blacksmiths Arms at Everton and followed an easy 5 mile circuit using attractive old green lanes having wild flowers such as Dog Rose, Campion, and Cow Parsley profuse in the hedgerows.
A leisurely mid-morning coffee stop was taken on Barrow Hill with the sun beating down on us. This resulted in a plethora of fleeces, jerseys, etc. being removed and stored into rucksacks. From then on the walk was completed in attire more suited to warm weather. After 2.5 hours walking we returned back to The Blacksmiths Arms where a welcome drink and an excellent lunch awaited us.
23rd May 2012
An extra dimension to the Todwick Ramblers Club’s programme, namely an evening ramble took place in ideal weather conditions, when 10 members boarded the 16.59 hrs bus to Aughton.
The route of this 4.5 mile linear walk initially followed green paths to Ulley village, providing pleasant views over Ulley Country Park along the way.
After passing through Ulley, an attractive tree-lined track was taken to access and cross the motorway bridge adjacent to Vessey Close Farm.
From here a footpath led us to Hardwick Lane Farm then through arable fields to cross the A57 where, after skirting Common Farm we ambled back to Todwick to enjoy a refreshing ‘sundowner’.
20th May 2012
The latest Todwick Ramble on 20th May 2012, was centred around Penistone. Ten walkers met in the car park by the Parish Church on a cool and cloudy day, the last day before the hot sunny spell but perfect walking weather.
We back-tracked to join the Trans-Pennine Trail by the railway station then continued in a westerly direction. This trail is the former Woodhead line to Manchester, now a pleasant footpath. We followed the trail out of town and into attractive countryside for about 2 miles, leaving the trail near Bullhouse Chapel, we continued down a track to cross the River Don. The route to Royds Hill then appeared – a bit of a climb.
However, we took the steady approach with frequent viewing stops. On the Royds Moor Hill summit is a stone circle view-point, constructed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee. Here you get a 360 degree view, with an information plaque – a perfect spot for the picnic break.
The Ramble then took us past Royd Moor Reservoir and eventually to Thurstone; Penistone Church was visible most of the way after our stop, so the end was always in sight. From Thurstone we followed a pleasant track alongside the Don and back into Penistone.
The walk was approximately 7 miles, everyone comfortably making the distance. There is good walking country in this area, a walk eastwards along the trail takes you towards Oxspring and Silkstone, possibly a route for a future Todwick Ramble.
Brian & Rosemary Chambers
3rd April 2012
19 members met at the Visitor Centre at Pools Brook Country Park in Stavely for a 5.5 mile circular walk. The park was opened 13 years ago and is on the site of a former coal mining area. Despite being relatively close to Todwick, the park and surrounding area were new to almost all walkers.
We set off along a section of the Trans Pennine Trail continuing on other paths until we reached a filled in section of the Chesterfield canal. We then followed the line of the canal, a weaving path across open countryside, when we reached the River Doe Lea we had a 10 minute coffee stop. We crossed the river by a footbridge, there would have been an aqueduct here to enable the canal to cross the river, but it was removed in the 1960s.
Soon after crossing the river the line of the canal turned northwards, we followed a path beside the distinct but overgrown Norbriggs Cutting. This arm of the canal was built in 1776 to link the now completed stretch of the canal from West Stockwith to Norbriggs with the nearby A619, at least a year before the canal was completed between Norbriggs and Chesterfield.
We crossed the A619 and walked up a hill to Woodthorpe, stopping for a rest at the top. A bit further along we stopped for lunch, with good views across the countryside. Then it was downhill most of the way, across a railway line and back into the Park, seeing more of it this time as we walked around the main lake and back to the Visitor Centre.
We were fortunate as although the day was overcast the rain waited until we had finished the walk and were back in our cars. An easy going, pleasant walk and mostly level, something that was appreciated by some older members.
22nd March 2012
The Todwick Ramblers enjoyed a walk centred on the Rother Valley Country Park on Thursday, 22 March 2012 with walk leader Ken Whetter.
Starting near the Sheffield Caravan and Sandvik sites on Chesterfield Road at the western boundary of the country park, the initial chilly mist was replaced by sunshine when the party of twelve stopped for their packed lunch at the scenic picnic viewpoint overlooking the main lakes in the park. The walk continued by skirting the golf course to leave the park by its main entrance. Passing the impressive and historic dwellings on the Chesterfield Canal at Norwood, the group continued to Wales via the tunnel under the M1. Then turning west, the group headed to Waleswood and re-entered the country park from Mansfield Road. After a final tea break, the walk was completed by passing a series of wildlife pools and reed beds on the way back to the cars.
25th February 2012 – Local Walk
On a bright and sunny February morning 22 enthusiastic members met at Todwick to catch the bus to our walk start point at Harthill.
The walk commenced on the footpath which passes through the Beehive car park before passing over a number of fields to emerge on the minor road at Woodhall.
Following a short walk along a farm track which took us under the M1 motorway we then entered Nor Wood. Although the trees were still in their winter foliage we enjoyed a very pleasant stroll through the wood to re-emerge into pasture fields for our refreshment stop, only slightly spoiled by the constant noise from the motorway.
Continuing along field paths we soon reached Church Lane, Wales and on past the church.
Our route back to Todwick was via Low Laithes and Upper Common farms to re-enter Todwick down Goosecarr Lane.
At just under 5 miles this was slightly shorter than our normal walk, but was enjoyed by all and enabled the rugby supporters back in good time to watch the England v Wales match, pity about the score.
19th February 2012
Fourteen members met at the Parish Oven, Thorpe Salvin, and set out on a walk led by Marion Brassington and Audrey Dobson.
The walk, just over 5 miles, took us across fields to Netherthorpe and Turnerwood, where we stopped for a drink from flasks. Then alongside a frozen canal to Pudding Dyke Bridge, we then walked through Hawks Wood before returning to Thorpe Salvin, where half the group stayed to enjoy a meal at the Parish Oven.
It was a wintry day with snow still underfoot; fortunately, it was still crunchy rather than slushy, so quite easy walking conditions. We all returned with rosy cheeks, but having enjoyed the exercise and fresh air.
13th January 2012
The Club’s first ramble took place on Sunday, 13 January 2012, whereby twenty ramblers set out from Todwick to walk a 5.5 mile circular route that included the field paths behind Kiveton Hall Farm, The Chesterfield Canal tow path, and the scenic qualities of Anston Stones Wood.
The weather throughout the ramble was as forecast, cold and overcast with the terrain underfoot frozen hard, which gave the group the opportunity to stride out and keep warm.
The frosty conditions had created a wintry scene with the hoar frost covering plants and landscape features, which hadn’t felt the warmth of the sun for the previous few days.
We returned to Todwick via the bridleway that connects South Anston to Kiveton Lane, feeling full of fresh air and looking forward to the delight of a hot lunch.
27th December 2011
A party consisting of 34 people travelled to Laughton en le Morthen, which was the start point for a 5.5 mile circular ramble that incorporated a visit to Roche Abbey, and the annual Mulled Wine and Music event.
The weather was warm and sunny with clear blue skies providing opportunities to pick out distant landmarks as we journeyed along the Slade Hills ridge before descending into the cool environment of Kings Wood.
Whilst following the footpath to Roche Abbey, the Thurcroft Welfare Brass Band could be heard playing seasonal music, and when we entered the grounds of the Abbey hot mulled wine and mince pies awaited us.
At 11.00 hrs the Carol Service commenced and the large congregation, standing and sitting among the ancient ruins of this once magnificent religious building joined with the band to sing well known carols and hear prayers in an atmosphere of goodwill, which embraced the spirit of Christmas.
The excellent weather conditions continued as we returned back to Laughton enabling us to reflect on what had been a very pleasant and uplifting Christmas experience.
11th December 2011
The day provided typical dull and murky weather for 16 walkers who had turned out to enjoy a 6.75 mile pre-Christmas ramble around our local area.
The Christmas spirit was very evident, even before the start of the ramble, as everybody enjoyed delicious homemade mince pies and Bakewell tarts supplied by Susan who, although unable to join us, had come along to wish us well on the Day.
Dusting the crumbs from our cagoules we meandered along wet and muddy countryside paths passing by the farmsteads of Todwick Common Farm, Common Farm, Low Laithes Farm, and Nickerwood Farm before descending into the valley containing the Aston Fisheries Complex, with its welcoming Waters Edge Café.
As we had pre-ordered bacon sandwiches and large mugs of coffee, it was no coincidence that the tantalising smell of frying bacon was wafting towards us as we entered the café, with all the group ready for this unusual mid ramble coffee stop.
Half an hour quickly passed by as our group enjoyed this most comfortable café, and it was with some reluctance that we re-donned our wet weather gear and returned out into the indifferent weather conditions to complete the final muddy leg of our walk via Wales and Storth Lane back to Todwick.
28th November 2011
17 members of the group enjoyed the late, dry, autumnal weather, walking the upstream track along the Moss Valley from the picnic site car park at Ford.
Walk leader Dave Haswell had lost his ‘tail gunner’ Di to Jury service - guess where she would rather have been?
The walk took in the rich industrial heritage of the Moss Valley, visiting the Seldom Seen Engine House, a listed building deep in the woodland. The Victorian iron and coal mining industry brought to life.
Following Gas House Lane out of the valley we then picked up the Old Drover’s Lane in Mosborough. Possibly once known as London Road, before dropping back down the valley side to the car park.
The entire walk was enlivened by Mike’s ‘Thingummyjig!’
19th November 2011 - Walk in the Derbyshire Hills
Planning a long walk months in advance can have its problems depending upon the weather and conditions under foot on the day of the walk. Putting on boots with the sun glowing low in a clear blue sky promised all could be well on quite a difficult walk. We started from the village of Wormhill high upon the Derbyshire Hills. The village is in fact much prettier than its name would suggest.
Our route took us down a narrow lane past the parish church and out into the fields beyond lead by Bob the border collie who, in spite of this being his first visit, seemed to know the way. Heading in a generally north-easterly direction we climbed gently uphill with the landscape unfolding before us. Bright green pastures on the top of the rolling Derbyshire hills could be seen in all directions as the day was clear in the weak sunlight.
As we descended to the head of Monk’s Dale we met an unexpected obstacle in the form of a field full of cows accompanied by a rather large bull. Was it safe to cross the field with a bull in it? Eventually we decided it was as he had his lady friends in attendance and so on we pressed. The cows’ reaction to Bob was extraordinary. Almost every cow in the field came to investigate him and as Bob dragged his master into the depths of Monk’s Dale they had a large herd of cows in tow until they disappeared through the gate. The cows were very agitated. The bull, however, took one look at us and carried on munching grass.
Monk’s Dale is not one of Derbyshire’s most popular dales. It is densely wooded and in its upper reaches the ground is very rough. In Autumn the damp atmosphere makes the limestone very slippery and care is required. As we descended through the peaceful silence of the dale the sides began to open out and the going became much easier and eventually we escaped onto the road running through Miller’s Dale.
A short walk along the road took us to the path leading into Chee Dale. Initially the sides of the dale sloped gently upwards but as we walked along the banks of the river Wye the sides of the dale became steeper and closed in upon us. The path narrowed and we found ourselves in the depths of a gorge with high limestone crags on either side. Crossing the river was necessary on a number of occasions as there was no place for the path on its north bank of the river due to crags rising directly from the water. We walked on past Chee Tor and Plum buttress away to our south to the stepping stones. They do not cross the river but follow along its course under the roof of a crag overhanging the path. There were two lines of stepping stones that are now constructed of stone and cement. The second set are becoming worn and did provide a little sport for some of our party. Originally there were just stones that regularly became submerged by even slight rises in the water level.
Just before we reached the junction with Great Rocks Dale we turned in a northerly direction directly uphill towards Moseley Farm, a climb of around 200 feet, where we had a brief chat with the farmer about the demise of farming in the local area. Now heading north-east across the fields we dropped briefly into Flag Dale before reaching Hassop Farm and so onto the road for a short stroll back to Wormhill with the rather splendid Wormhill Hall down in the valley to the east.
We finished our walk at 3.15 having covered around 7 miles through some of Derbyshire’s most beautiful country. A grand walk thoroughly enjoyed by all on a wonderful Autumn day.
31st October 2011
On Sunday, 31 October 2011, Ken Whetter led a group of 11 members on a 6 mile circular walk from the picnic site car park at Ford, near Ridgeway. Benefiting from the extra hour of sleep and the dry autumn weather, the group enjoyed views of the rolling countryside from the hamlets of Troway and Marsh Lane before slowly descending through the impressive woodlands of the Moss Valley. The walk passed a number of remnants of the old sickle and scythe industry in the area including millponds now used mainly by anglers.
19th October 2011
Our October away walk explored part of the beautiful Derbyshire Derwent valley between Cromford and Whatstandwell with a glimpse into the early industrial development of the area, best known for Arkwright’s Mill. The outward leg to Whatstandwell was on the East side of the Valley following the canal, and the return leg on the West side at a higher level on the Midshire’s way.
We commenced our walk with a delightful stroll along the banks of the Cromford Canal to High Peak Junction, where the canal connected to the rail system at the bottom of the 1 in 9 Cromford incline, now a walking trail. The old rail buildings have now been converted into an information centre selling snacks and drinks, at which two of our walkers indulged in an early coffee break.
Continuing along the tow path we soon passed the Leawood Pump House which was used to pump water into the canal from the river Derwent, and still has a fully working stream engine. Unfortunately, after this point a section of the tow path was closed for repair and we had to leave the tow path rejoining it just before Whatstandwell. However, although the diversion added a further mile to our route we were rewarded with the views the elevated path gave.
On reaching Whatstandwell we crossed the river by the road bridge and walked up field paths on the opposite of the valley to our lunch stop with views over the Derwent to Crich Stand in the distance.
We then proceeded along the Midshire’s Way trail past farms, through woods, and passing under the Cromford incline to return to our starting point.
11th September 2011
The Club’s local walk on Sunday, 11 September 2011 attracted 21 ramblers who set off from the Village Hall to follow a circular route that encompassed the locations of 14 long established farmsteads, which can be identified as working, non-working, or developed for residential use.
With brief stops along the way our walk leader Susan Parker described how changing patterns in agricultural practises had gradually affected the local farming communities to give the countryside landscapes that are now accepted as the norm.
The weather for this interesting 6.5 mile walk remained fine throughout providing excellent walking conditions, notably dry underfoot and a strong breeze, which kept the clouds at bay to provide us with views of distant hills.
14th August 2011
On a bright, sunny and warm morning, 19 enthusiastic members met at Todwick News for a 10.00 am start on our latest local walk.
Following a short section of road walking, we proceeded to Kiveton Station along the footpath which passes through the former quarry, now a recycling plant, the definitive line of which has been vigorously defended by our club for the past few years despite the frequent attempts by the owner to block it with tipping.
Then followed a gentle stroll along the Chesterfield Canal to our rest stop at Upper Thorpe Lock. Following a short discussion it was agreed to extend the walk to Turner Wood to call at Lily Cottage to sample the delicious ice cream.
Whilst at Turner Wood we all signed the petition in support of the Canal Trust funding application from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable further restoration work in the Kiveton Area to be completed.
Our return to Todwick was then via delightful paths through Lindrick Common, Anston Grange, South Anston and Axle Lane to arrive back at Todwick at 3.00 pm.
Although longer than our normal local walks, all agreed that it had been very enjoyable, but a number of tired legs were ready for a well earned rest.
31st July 2011
The walk today, Sunday 31st July 2011, commenced from Cresswell Crags Car Park, where 12 members and 1 visitor were ready for a 10.00 hrs start.
Susan Parker, the walk leader, gave us interesting information about the Earls of Portland, the Welbeck Estate, and its tunnels, before we set off to enjoy the 7 miles of lovely countryside around and through the Estate grounds. Evidence of the tunnels is still visible at one or two points along the way.
The weather was beautifully warm, with a very gentle breeze, keeping walking conditions ideal.
The icing on the cake, almost at the end of the ramble, was the Pennygreen Tea Garden at Belph, where it was unanimously agreed we should stop for tea and cakes.
20th May 2011
On Friday, 20th May 2011, 14 ramblers set off from Treeton in warm and sunny weather conditions to explore the area around the village. For many in the party, although the ramble could be considered a local walk, this was a first time visit to the area.
Almost from the start the ramble provided dramatic hillside views of the landscapes and waterscapes that have been created from massive opencast projects recently undertaken across the sites of old industrial complexes.
Our route descended to and around the perimeter of Treeton Dyke where families of swans, mallards, coots, and their young swam in the shallows.
Leaving Treeton Dyke behind we began a gentle but continuous climb towards Wood Lane, passing through Hail Mary Wood, followed by Treeton Woods, enjoying the woodland views along the way.
After reaching the highest point within Treeton Wood, and enjoying the sun on our backs we paused for a leisurely coffee break before continuing along a ridge path which soon gently descended through further woodlands, eventually returning to Treeton Dyke, where we observed water skiers practising along the length of the lake.
We continued for another ½ mile, where our walk leaders offered us an extension to the ramble to view the new lakes at close quarters. However, lunch was on everyone’s minds so we declined the offer but looked forward to investigating this exciting new landscape in the future.
8th May 2011
12 Members ignored the doom-laden weather forecast, heavy rain and thunderstorms, of the previous day and met for the Sunday morning walk at Laughton Village Hall. We were rewarded with perfect walking weather - mild and sunny with a light, cooling breeze.
The ramble took us along Kirk Croft Bridleway to Thwaite House Bridge near Firbeck, a pleasant walk across fields with good views towards the east. Before reaching Firbeck the route took us along Eastfield Lane, past Lingodell Lake and then along Kings Wood Lane with Kings Wood on our left. Here a grassy bank provided good seating for our midway break.
Suitably refreshed we continued down the road to Stone then across the field to Roche Abbey, the best direction from which to approach this impressive Cistercian ruin. From here the footpath continued past the Abbey’s Laughton Pond and through the Wood, which supports many old gnarled Yew trees. The path then proceeded along the top of Slade Hills eventually rejoining East Field Lane and returning to our starting point.
A good stroll of 6+ miles, it included a few new footpaths for some of our walkers.
Brian and Rosemary Chambers
18th April 2011
On a Monday morning 18th April at 10 o’clock 12 members of the Todwick Ramblers set off in the warm spring sunshine from the Upper Burbage Car Park. The weather was a bonus as the walk was being led by Di and Dave Haswell who hold the dubious record of leading the wettest ramble ‘enjoyed’ by the group.
The footpath from the car park leading upwards towards Higgar Tor was very dusty. The peat had dried out after one of the driest early Springs on record. Farmer Richard had reported only 5 mm of rain at his farm in Todwick in March.
The scramble down from Higgar Tor was the only real obstacle on the walk and was safely accomplished by all. Although Jim did report that a rambling group he had once belonged to always allowed for one of the company to be ‘lost’ en route!
Round the Iron Age hill fort of Carl Wark, although argument still rages about the purpose and timing of the ramparts built here, for coffee at the Longshaw Visitor Centre. The sunshine even prompted some of the group to enjoy ice creams.
Reinvigorated we left the NT enclave and strolled the last two miles uphill, passing Burbage Rocks, where rock climbers were also enjoying the sunshine, back to the car park.
An enjoyable walk in the sunshine.
9th April 2011
In glorious sunshine, nine members of the Todwick walking group joined Ken Whetter for a circular 7-mile walk on Saturday, 9 April 2011. The walk started at The Carrs picnic site at Church Warsop and followed tracks and field paths adjacent to the River Meden before picking up woodland tracks, partly on the Robin Hood Way and skirting the Wellbeck Estate. Reaching Cuckney, a lunch stop was taken overlooking the church and the River Poulter where some members enjoyed the sight of slow-circling buzzards. Then the walk proceeded to the former mill at the Cuckney Dam; then to a track parallel to the cricket club where the first match of the season, probably, was underway; and then back through woods and fields to the car park.
26th March 2011
15 members met at the pretty limestone Derbyshire village of Youlgreave for our March away walk. But what a difference 3 days makes! Gone was the spring weather of our previous walk replaced by a cloudy sky and cool winds, although thankfully no rain.
From the village we descended into Bradford Dale, just as delightful as its better known close neighbours of Monsal and Lathkill dales, but much less crowded. Our route was not along the dale but over the river and up the short but steep slope on the opposite bank to emerge in open fields. We then continued a gentler climb through fields and over the many typical Derbyshire stiles to reach our first refreshment stop on the slopes of Anthony Hill which gave splendid views in all directions. Fully refreshed we continued to climb to the village of Elton, not has pretty as Youlgreave, but still containing many interesting stone buildings.
At last we stopped climbing and slowly descended to the grit stone crag known as Robin Hood’s Stride for our much needed second refreshment stop. Legend has it that the crag was thus named after the Yorkshire (not Nottinghamshire, according to the Todwick Historical Society) outlaw who could jump from one to the other of the twin peaks, however, as these are at least 15 metres apart this takes some believing. A volunteer was asked for from the male members of the ramblers to try this jump, but surprisingly, no one stepped forward.
We then continued down along the Limestone Way to meet again the River Bradford, along the banks of which we strolled before climbing back to the car park.
Although considerably shorter than our previous walk at just 6 miles, with a total climb of 900 feet, it did not feel like it, however, all our members thoroughly enjoyed the day out in Derbyshire.
23rd March 2011
Although at 10 miles, longer than our normal club walks, 12 members were rewarded for making the effort to complete the Five Churches Walk by a warm sunny spring day.
Starting from Todwick Church car park, we proceeded to South Anston Church, and then down to the Chesterfield Canal for our rest stop. We then diverted from the formal route to walk along the canal where we were rewarded by the sound of a Chiffchaff, a sure sign that spring had arrived. We then left the canal to continue to Thorpe Salvin and then Harthill Churches.
Following a very pleasant lunch in The Beehive where the 12 walkers and one dog were made very welcome, we continued on to Wales Church and then returned to Todwick.
13th March 2011
On Sunday, 13th March 2011 fourteen members took a short bus journey to North Anston where we started the ramble, heading towards Woodsetts, in damp drizzly conditions. We skirted the ever popular Butterfly Farm, then on through Swinston Hill wood, along with Dewidales wood to the A57. By this time the weather had greatly improved, becoming almost sunny. The walk then followed part of the perimeter of Lindrick Dale Golf Course and down into the lovely Lindrick Dale, before making our way to South Anston and back to Todwick via Axle Lane.
28th February 2011
Our February away walk explored part of the large network of trails which are available to the walker in which was once the north east Derbyshire coal field. It is hard to believe that only 30 years ago the mining landscape was transformed back to countryside with the planting of over a million trees and the construction of fishing and wildlife ponds.
Our walk commenced at Grassmoor Country Park, the former site of Grassmoor Colliery which at its peak employed over 3000 staff and had a network of 60 miles of underground tunnels and 6 mine shafts.
We then proceeded along the trail past Wolfie Pond and on to our refreshment stop at Williamthorpe Ponds. This was the site of the deepest mine in the East Midlands reaching a depth of 550 yards and now the pond contains one of the largest reed beds in Derbyshire.
Fully refreshed, we continued along the trail, through Homewood Woodlands, by a triangular wood to rejoin our outward path at Wolfie Ponds. On this section of the walk good views to Crich Stand, Ashover and the Chesterfield Crooked Spire over the rolling countryside were only slightly spoiled by the mist and low cloud.
16th February 2011
Wednesday, 16th February 2011 provided the perfect weather for walking, i.e. cool, but with bright sunshine and clear blue skies, which enhanced the limestone properties of Firbeck, our starting point for a 5 mile circular ramble.
As we left Firbeck the route required us to traverse a large steep sticky muddy field before making our way to Letwell. Here the terrain levelled out, but the very muddy footpaths continued to reflect the wet weather of the previous few days. However, the early spring-like conditions provided a welcome fillip to our party of nineteen as we passed by Letwell Dovecote, Langold Lakes, then through Dyscarr Wood, where clumps of snowdrops had burst into flower in the bright sunshine.
Striking views of the countryside around the now dilapidated Firbeck Hall were available as we descended Salt Hill Lane back to Firbeck and the Black Lion pub, where an excellent lunch awaited us.
30th January 2011
On Sunday, 30th January 2011 twenty four ramblers travelled to Sheffield on the Supertram to walk the 5 Weirs Way.
This is an 8 kilometre route that commences at Lady’s Bridge then follows the well maintained bank side path by the fast running and now clean waters of the River Don as far as the Meadowhall Shopping centre.
The Walk provided an interesting and enjoyable alternative to the Club’s usual countryside rambles as it meandered through the East End of Sheffield, passing scenes and sights of Sheffield’s industrial history, as well as providing glimpses of the wildlife now prevalent in this green corridor.
Illustrated boards punctuated the walk which provided information on the history of buildings past and present and of course the five ancient weirs.
Leaving the temptations of Meadowhall behind us we linked up with the Sheffield Canal Tow Path passing the well maintained complex of the Tinsley Locks and its attractive marina before returning to our cars at the Centertainment park and ride facility.
9th January 2011
On Sunday, 9th January 2011, 21 ramblers started out from Dinnington, on a cold but sunny morning to follow a linear route to Todwick via North and South Anston.
The route used a selection of urban and countryside paths starting with the recently created metalled walkways that radiate from Greenlands Park before descending through old North Anston via the snickets, in the area known as the Wells.
The final leg of the walk used the windswept bridleway that led us over the fields to Kiveton Hall Farm and Todwick. Thus completing an enjoyable walking introduction to 2011.
29th December 2010
The club like many other organisations had to cancel its pre Christmas activities due to the adverse weather conditions.
Members were kept up to date regarding the changing circumstances via electronic mailing or the telephone, so disruptions were kept to a minimum.
The Club's programme resumed on Monday 29th December 2010 when 20 ramblers met on the outskirts of Laughton en le Morthen to walk to Roche Abbey, and partake in the Annual Carol Service.
Once again the organisers, Heritage Inspired, had created, despite damp and dull weather conditions, a Christmas atmosphere with a brass band, hot mulled wine and mince pies, which succeeded in providing an enjoyable extension to the holiday period, plus a happy reminder of what Christmas really represents.
14th November 2010
On Sunday, 14th November 2010, 17 ramblers caught the 9.16 hrs X6 bus to South Anston from where we headed off to reacquaint ourselves with sections of the extensive footpath network around Lindrick Dale.
These were familiar to members who have been walking with the club for a number of years, but we were breaking new ground as far as some of our newer members were concerned.
We welcomed 4 ramblers who had joined us for the day, and with the weather staying fine and cool we enjoyed clear views towards Derbyshire as we returned to Anston via Rackford Lane and Anston Stones Wood
The final leg of our 6-mile ramble back to Todwick took us through Brook Park, across the busy A57, and finally along Axle Lane.
17th October 2010
17 ramblers met at the bus stop on Kiveton Lane and caught the bus to Wales Bar. On the way to Wales Bar, we were joined by another rambler making a grand total of 18. An excellent turnout on a beautiful day that saw Todwick Ramblers enjoying yet another lovely and entertaining walk. The group started by walking into Rother Valley Country Park to enjoy a fantastic view over the whole of the large lake and beyond. Bypassing many bushes laden with large sloes ripe for picking and many carved wooden posts the group made their way to the River Rother and along a family tree walk which heralded the way across a footbridge then up and over the railway line. The group picked up a trail which lead most of the group past a laden apple tree next to the A57. The remainder of the group however managed to relive younger days and sampled the tough but very sweet apples. The walk continued past Aston fish ponds and the newly erected stone circle to just below Nickerwood Farm where the group stopped for some lunch. Following this short rest the group continued over the M1 motorway and through fields to Goosecarr Lane and thus home to Todwick.
10th October 2010
The Todwick Rambling Group's walk on Sunday, 10th October saw 18 members enjoy a circular walk from Ford (Ridgeway) taking in Plumbley, Eckington and the Moss Valley. The six mile walk through rolling countryside and woods and in good weather passed a number of the historical features of the area including a former coal-hauling tramway incline, the 19th-century Eckington Hall, the "Seldom Seen" engine house and the "Never Fear" Dam where some evidence of the area's former sickle and scythe industry can be found. The walk leader, Ken Whetter, combined some information on these features with some navigational challenges, taking the group on a "figure of eight" route; on a maze of woodland paths; and on a wobbly couple of stiles which proved conclusively that members retained a wondrous dexterity and sense of balance!
26th September 2010
On Sunday morning at 10.00 am, 18 members gathered in the newly reopened Ulley Country Park car park, eager for a prompt start for a 6 mile circular walk. After enjoying a warm and sunny week, it was disappointing to have a cool, overcast day for the ramble with the threat of rain. However, once into the Park the weather was soon forgotten and we were able to start our walk over the restored dam wall and enjoy views from its new bridge and spillway. We walked the full length of the Park and out through the Morthen Arm and into the lower fields of Ulley. On the flat we skirted around the brook for a time, then crossing a bridge, climbed the sloping fields to Upper Whiston, increasingly hearing but not seeing the M1 traffic. We headed towards Thurcroft and Brampton and were soon dropping back down past the stacked hay rolls and ploughed fields, re-crossing the brook into a tranquil setting for a refreshment stop. The second stretch took us over fields and lanes with very autumnal views, taking us up to Ulley village via the field where their Country Fair was just opening with a local brass band and fairground music to greet us. On through the village itself and down into Ulley Holt, we were then back into the Park on the Ulley Arm of the reservoir. On our return to the car park, we were now neither 'cool' nor 'overcast', having enjoyed another pleasant Sunday morning ramble.
24th August 2010
On 24th August, 11 members met at Cannon Hall Country Park hopeful of a good day's walking.
Unfortunately dark black clouds were blanketing the area and, as if on cue, heavy rain began to fall just as the ramble was about to commence.
This state of affairs continued for the next 3 ½ hrs blotting out the anticipated extensive views of the surrounding countryside. Nevertheless we kept our spirits high and our bedraggled looks became a source of amusement between ourselves.
Our determination to press on regardless brought its own reward in the shape of bags of delicious pears given to us by a generous farmer’s wife. This was followed a little later when we met a gentleman riding a large white horse who complemented the group and the ladies in particular for our determination to enjoy the day in spite of the weather.
Finally, as we returned to Cannon Hall via the pretty village of Cawthorne the weather eased, with the clouds rolling away to allow our last half mile to be completed in warm sunshine enabling us to end the walk on a high note.
8th August 2010
On a very pleasant Sunday morning 11 members met at Todwick Post office for our latest local walk.
The walk commenced passing along the field path over to South Anston in which harvesting of the oil seed rape crop had just commenced. As we walked along this path, it was observed that the sky line to the south had been changed with the presence of the 3 wind turbines at Loscar Hill.
We then proceeded down to and along the canal to our refreshment break at Kiveton Woodland.
Fully refreshed the walk then continued through Kiveton Woodlands to Wales Church.
We then returned to Todwick on field paths via Low Laithes and Upper Common Farms from which it was noted that the wind turbines could still be seen on the horizon.
30th July 2010
17 members gathered outside Carlton in Lindrick Church to participate in a 6.5 mile ramble, which followed a circular route passing by Holme House Farm, and the estate and buildings of the former Wallingwells Priory, before taking the bank side path around Langold Lake to enter Langold Country Park.
This was our scheduled lunch stop, so everyone headed for Andy's Park Café who provided hot bacon sandwiches and delicious homemade cakes along with tea and coffee, all served al fresco style in the balmy weather conditions.
Thus fortified we continued towards Hodsock Woodhouse before returning to North Carlton via Woodhouse Lane.
Everyone on the ramble was captivated by the delightful and varied countryside, extensive views, and the chance to explore the interesting old villages and hamlets hidden behind the busy A60, yet only a few miles as the crow flies from Todwick.
10th July 2010
On a bright, sunny and warm morning 14 enthusiastic members met at Todwick to catch the bus to our walk start point at Harthill.
The walk commenced with a stroll through fields of oats, barley and wheat which were just starting to turn golden brown indicating that harvest time will soon be upon us.
On reaching Loscar Wood, evidence was seen of preparatory work for the erection of the controversial wind turbines, the opinions of the walkers being split on whether these are to be welcomed or despised.
We then passed through the always pretty village of Thorpe Salvin before descending to the canal at Thorpe upper lock for a very pleasant 30 minutes refreshment stop watching the fish in the canal lock holding pool.
As the temperature was now beginning to rise, the shade from the trees as we walked back along the canal to Kiveton Park was very welcome.
We then returned to Todwick using the footpath through the former quarry, now a recycling plant, the definitive line of which has been vigorously defended by our club for the past few years despite the frequent attempts by the owner to block it with tipping.
22nd June 2010
On Tuesday 22nd June, 11 members had the good fortune to enjoy perfect weather conditions for a 6 mile ramble around Burbage Moor. The walk commenced with a gentle climb that followed the route of the Dukes Drive as far as the Upper Burbage bridge, where we stopped briefly to enjoy the views looking down the valley and beyond towards Grindleford.
Our next stop was on the 434 metre high plateau of Higgor Tor. This coincided with our lunch break, which gave us time to admire the magnificent scenery of the Hope valley along with the distant edges of Kinder Scout.
The return route commenced with a gentle descent to an ancient pack horse bridge spanning the Burbage Brook, before returning to the car park via the National Trust Longshaw estate. Refreshing drinks and homemade cakes in the Longshaw café adjacent concluded a very pleasant day.
12th June 2010
For a change a perfect weather forecast to go walking was broadcast for Saturday, June 12th giving us blue skies and a gentle breeze, warmed by constant sunshine throughout the day. Fortunately this coincided with our local ramble which covered a 6 mile circular route taking in Axle Lane, Mill Lane, and Anston Stones Wood, returning via Kiveton Hall Farm.
The good weather conditions had encouraged Mother Nature to display a beautiful spring show, with a wide variety of birdsongs emanating from the lush foliage of fields, woodland and hedgerows.
The highlight of the ramble was the discovery of at least 5 different species of orchids with their subtle shades merging with the more strident colours of buttercups and other common meadow plants. This set the tone for the rest of the day, as we quizzed our walk leaders about other species of plants, while meandering back to Todwick.
The following Sunday, 13th June the Club had been invited to attend the Todwick Fun Day event. The club was able to provide a good display of the popular RMBC Doorstep Walk leaflets, up-to-date information about the progress of the Connect 2 project, and other linked activities.
The members manning the stand were kept busy throughout the afternoon answering queries from the general public about the local countryside footpath network, along with the Club's rambling events.
The Club's two programmed walks in May 2010 enjoyed the pleasant weather conditions. On Sunday, 9th May the Club's local walk commenced at Todwick and followed a countryside 6 mile circular route that encompassed the Kiveton Community Woodlands, a section of the Chesterfield Canal, returning via Axle Lane, with 11 members turning out on the day.
On Tuesday, 19th May the Club met at the Elsecar Heritage centre to follow the route of the RMBC No. 9 Doorstep Walk. Although only 4 miles in length the circular route provides picture postcard landscapes, plus interesting buildings and follies, which our party of 9 admired as we took advantage of the warm sunny weather. The Club also welcomed its youngest participant to date, namely young Jack, who at 1 year 9 months, completed the ramble with ease, with some assistance from his Grandmother and their all terrain buggy.
The Club's committee is now actively preparing the rambles programme for the next 6 months, which will commence from July 2010 to January 2011. Early notification and details of proposed rambles and dates would be appreciated, and forwarded on to Jim Tompkin or any committee member before 13th June 2010.
24th April 2010
On Saturday the 24th April, 14 members met at West Stockwith in warm sunshine for a 5 mile walk utilising 3 waterways, the Trent, Chesterfield Canal, and the River Idle.
Following a short walk along the banks of the tidal Trent, the start (or is it the end?) of the Chesterfield Canal at the point where it enters the river was reached. We then walked along the delightful canal towpath for the next 1 ½ miles. It was noted that this section of the canal is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to the rare plants which grow in the slightly salty water.
A number of field paths and tracks then took us to join the River Idle at the point of the old Misterton Pumping House. This imposing building which originally housed two beam engines used to pump water from the surrounding fields into the river, is now a private residence, and contrasts greatly with the drab industrial building further down the river which houses the two present electric pumps.
A short walk on the river bank returned us to our start point opposite the White Hart Pub, the facilities of which, most of our walkers took advantage of for well earned refreshment.
11th April 2010
The ramble on Sunday 11 April attracted 15 club members and commenced from the village of Apperknowle in Derbyshire.
At the start of the walk our leader Ken Whetter predicted fine and varied views, and due to the good weather conditions many distant landmarks were noted, ranging from Chesterfield's crooked spire, the distant heights of the Peak District, and last, but not least, Laughton Church spire.
The 5 mile circular route also connected the delightful old hamlets of Troway and Summerley using a mixture of old packhorse trails, pleasant footpaths and quiet country lanes before returning us to our cars at Apperknowle.
29th March 2010
Despite the weather forecast for heavy rain, and the leader giving misleading direction to find the start point, 14 enthusiastic members met at Linacre Reservoir, Chesterfield for our latest away walk.
The walk commenced in light rain along the upper side of the Linacre Valley to Bluster Castle, then heading north towards Cordwell Valley before curving round through Barlow Common to return to our start point.
Although the light rain continued throughout the walk, it could not detract from the beautiful undulating Derbyshire countryside. However, the many "interesting" styles which had to be negotiated did bring comments from some of our members.
14th March 2010
Ten days separated the club's first two rambles scheduled for March, but what a difference they made with regards to the walking conditions.
Sunday, 14th March 2010 dawned as a beautiful sunny day. This encouraged nineteen of our club members to accompany walk leaders Jane and Sheila on a 5 ½ mile ramble that used Aston Church as its start point.
A gentle warm wind had dried out the footpaths making for much easier walking conditions as we returned to Todwick, via the tracks of Aston Fisheries, R.V.C.P., and the footpath network around Wales.
Glimpses of wild snowdrops, and catkins in the hedgerows, complemented by drifts of crocuses in the many gardens broadcast that Spring was at last on its way.
3rd March 2010
A walk and pub lunch outing cantered around the Plough Inn at Micklebring on Wednesday, 3rd March 2010. The weather remained fine throughout but with a biting wind. Interesting and extensive views were a feature of the walk but, unfortunately, the conditions underfoot were extremely muddy making it hard work for all concerned.
This formula encouraged appetites that had been sharpened, and thirst that required slating. These problems were admirably dealt with by the staff of the Plough Inn.
14th February 2010
On Sunday, 14th February 2010 a 14-strong party of walkers met up at the Post Office to walk to the Chesterfield Canal. Initially our route took us via a temporary diversion and then through an extremely muddy section of footpath to finally exit out by the Station Hotel.
Crossing the railway we joined a good number of other walkers, who like us were enjoying the scenic delights of the old Canal. Eventually leaving the canal towpath we made our way first to South Anston and then on to Anston Stones. Here we turned for home using Mill Lane and Axle Lane to complete a ramble of approximately 6 miles.
17th January 2010
On 17th January 2010 a party of 17 ramblers headed off for a conducted tour around Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, one of the largest urban nature reserves in the country. Susan Parker was to be our guide, and the mild and sunny day gave us just the tonic we needed after the previous weeks of bad weather.
The reserve looked stunning as we walked through the woodlands of silver birch, with the sun reflecting off frozen ponds and marshes, and the surrounding reed beds and rushes also catching the sunlight.
Unfortunately, the cold weather conditions over the past week or so had affected the normal behaviour patterns of the bird life. Therefore, the anticipated sightings of the many species resident in the reserve was lower than usual.
No-matter, it gives us a good reason to return in the springtime, was the general consensus of opinion as we returned to the cars, after enjoying a hot snack in the nature reserve's Low Ellers café.
9th January 2010
Saturday 9th January dawned to reveal another ongoing but eye-catching white mid-winter scene, created by approximately 12 inches of snow covering the fields around Todwick.
A hastily rearranged short 4 mile ramble attracted 15 well equipped walkers, who set off to enjoy almost Arctic conditions.
The outward leg to Hardwick over a crisp blanket of snow gave us good clear views with only the delicate but plentiful tracks of animals visible on the gleaming snowy surfaces.
After a short stop by the frozen-over pond at Hardwick to enjoy a quick hot drink, the party returned to Todwick, with the chill wind increasing in intensity, and the snow beginning to fall once again. All in all a different but very enjoyable outing.
28th December 2009
On Monday 28th December 2009 our group set off in festive fashion from Laughton to attend the annual Carol Concert held at Roche Abbey.
The weather on the day was remarkable and we were able to walk under clear blue and relatively warm sunny skies from start to finish, enjoying excellent views of the surrounding countryside along the way.
Roche Abbey in particular looked impressive and very atmospheric with its limestone columns and walls surrounded by crisp white snow reflecting the sunshine.
The simple Carol service led by Thurcroft Welfare Brass Band was attended by a congregation of approx. 250 people. After enjoying a mince pie and mulled wine our party, along with other groups made its way back to Laughton.
13th December 2009
Sunday 13th December brought in a mild sunny morning which encouraged 17 ramblers to meet up at the Todwick Post Office.
Our ramble was to encompass the Stan Rouse Way, a 6 mile circular route which incorporates a wide variety of interest points ranging from the fishing lakes at Aston to the extensive views available from the ridge overlooking New South Farm.
The wet weather experienced over the previous few days had resulted in a footpath network that was very muddy underfoot slowing the groups pace somewhat due to the sticky conditions.
Fortunately the day remained fine and dry just long enough for our leader Ann Rusling to return the group back to Todwick before the dark clouds and the rain returned.
23rd November 2009
Following the weekend of the Lake District floods and heavy local rain walk leaders Di and Dave Haswell were keen to check the Met Office forecast for the Away Walk in Derbyshire. Starting at Birchover and taking in Rocking Stone Farm, Stanton Moor Edge and the Nine Ladies Stone Circle the walk promised breathtaking views over Matlock and the valley.
The Met Office promise of fine weather with the occasional light shower persuaded them to go ahead. The rain started as the group met in Birchover. 'A clearing shower,' Terry insisted. It was only bouncing knee high at this point. Eight intrepid souls set off. The rain cleared as the figure of eight route passed through Birchover suggesting visual delights from the edge of the moor.
Alpacas were spotted sheltering from an approaching deluge. 'In line for the wettest walk yet,' suggested a kindly Jim. He was later to suggest that the definition of finishing a walk in the dark could only be verified if the street lights were on. Peering into the gloom from the edge of Stanton Moor at noon the only things visible through the torrential rain were the street lights of Matlock.
A slightly damp and bedraggled group returned to their cars as the sun finally broke through leaving the group to negotiate the now flooded roads back to Todwick. 'A good walk,' barked Bob!
8th November 2009
Todwick ramblers held their usual walk on the second Sunday of the month lead by Christine and Bryan Ferris. We started from Todwick Post Office with 16 ramblers, just in time for the rain to start. The route today took us along Axle Lane to South Anston. At this point we picked up another member, Diane. So it turned into a nice large group of 17. We stopped at 11 am on the outskirts of South Anston to pay our respects to those who had died in various conflicts, by having a two minutes silence. By this time the rain had stopped.
We carried along a path which took us down to the Chesterfield canal, where we stopped to have our coffee and sarnies etc. From here we carried on along the canal to Kiveton Waters, onto Kiveton then to Storth Lane and back to Todwick.
Everyone enjoyed the walk, it gave us chance to catch up on all our news, blow away the cobwebs whilst enjoying some well needed exercise.
25th October 2009
The away walk on Sunday 25th October was lead by Ken Whetter. Starting at the Village Hall car park in Cuckney, where Ken outlined some of the features of this historic area, the group of 12 walkers headed across fields to the small village of Norton. With a stiff but sunny breeze at their backs, they then followed the Robin Hood way with views over the Welbeck Estate and its many lakes. Passing lodges and a memorial to one of the Duke of Portland's forebears, the group turned south through attractive woodlands to a brief coffee stop at an experimental husbandry farm (an odd concept as husbands need no improvement according to Ken!). The walk then continued to the outskirts of Medan Vale to cross farmland and the river Medan before arriving at Church Warsop for a slightly longer stop at the open spaces and mill pond of "The Carrs". The route continued, passing farms, then a farm track to the A632 road before climbing Mill Hill above the Cuckney Dam with its many water fowl. The final stretch passed the former mill, now a school, to return to the car park.
10th October 2009
On Sunday 10th October 2009 on a cool but clear day 12 members joined walk leaders Sheila and Jane for a 4.5 mile ramble that started at the Saxon crossroads.
The ramble began with a visit to the Kiveton Community Woodlands then followed recently opened footpaths to Harthill before turning off towards Woodall.
Along the way various flocks of birds were noted resting or feeding in the open fields, before possibly migrating to warmer climes.
After a pleasant coffee stop taken in Autumn sunshine we continued down Wallseker Lane with farmers busy in adjacent fields.
Our return to Todwick was by way of field paths leading to Wales, and the familiar scenery of Storth Lane.
Two very contrasting walks were enjoyed by the club members during September, both lead by Helena and Terry Calladine.
Sunday the 13th was the date for our local walk. Meeting at Todwick Post Office, we followed the field paths over to Wales and then proceeded through the park down to meet the Cuckoo Way in Kiveton Community Woodlands.
Following the Cuckoo Way in an easterly direction we passed the entrance of the Norwood tunnel and followed the always peaceful canal to our rest stop.
Fully refreshed we climbed up to South Anston Church, and then returned to Todwick via Axle Lane and the field path.
Monday the 28th we met at School Lane Baslow for our away walk.
The walk commenced with a slow 1 mile climb up on to Baslow Edge at Wellingtons Monument, the views both during the ascent and from top rewarding us for the effort.
The walk then continued on an easy level path along the edge again with spectacular views in all directions.
Following our refreshment break, we descended from the edge and passed through the delightful village of Curbar using roads missed by the motorists, to arrive at the River Derwent.
Riverside paths then returned us to our starting point.
On the 9th August, 14 members of the group lead by Janet Tompkin took the bus to Thurcroft. From there we leisurely walked along the mineral line up and over Dinnington woodlands to make our way back to Todwick via Axle Lane. The 5 ½ mile walk was enriched by good warm weather, just right for walking.
20th July 2009
This month's away walk lead by Helena and Terry Calladine on the 20th was a circular walk from the pretty Derbyshire village of Holymoorside.
After passing the Holymoor dam, which was used to provide water to the cotton mill until 1905, we climbed up through Moorlawn Wood, pausing frequently to admire the views of the village (or was it to get our breath back?). At the top of the climb Stone Edge was reached with a splendid panoramic view of Chesterfield and Norton in the far distance.
A gentle decent on tracks and field paths then took us to Stubbing Court, the birthplace of Lady Olive Baden-Powell the first Chief Guide, and wife of the founder of the Scout movement.
Following our refreshment break, we continued along field paths, via Walton Lodge (the former home of the Sutherland family well known in Todwick for their meat products factory) and Somersall Hall to return to our start point.
12th July 2009
The local walk took place on Sunday 12th lead by Ken Whetter. Following a short bus ride to Waleswood Road, Rother Valley Country Park was entered by a short footpath. This little known northern side of the park was found to be a hidden gem, more reminiscent of upland moorland than parkland only reclaimed from industrial waste land in the past 30 years. The enjoyment was further enhanced by Ken's in-depth knowledge of this area.
The better known paths were then followed to our refreshment break at Old Mill visitor's centre which was taken in the warm sunshine.
Field paths then lead us to Church Lane, Wales, before returning to Todwick down Storth lane.
The local walk took place on Sunday 21st lead by Bryan and Christine Ferris. 13 Todwick ramblers caught the 10.22 No 25 bus to Ulley reservoir. The walk then started along Reservoir Road. We then went onto a path that took us along the top of the reservoir, which then in turn led onto Stoket Lane. The walk up this lane was slow and steady due to it being a long climb, but we all made it ok. At the end of Stoker Lane we turned left along Penny Hill Lane then right onto High Lane. It was at this point we stopped for lunch.
After the break we continued down High Lane towards Hardwick Farm and the A57. We needed to cross the road to get to Todwick Common farm; this took some time as the road was very busy. Once across we carried on along the path into Todwick.
The walk was about 5 miles and took about 3 hours to complete. We all finished with smiling faces so it looked like we all enjoyed ourselves.
Our away walk this month, lead by Helena and Terry Calladine, centred again on the Chesterfield Canal starting and finishing at the delightful village of Clayworth.
The outward route followed various very pleasant tracks and field paths ascending to the viewpoint at Hayton Castle before descending again to meet the canal at the Boat Inn, Hayton.
The return route was then an easy walk along the towpath, passing the many narrow boats moored at Clayworth boat club, before arriving back at our starting point.
23rd May 2009
Our May away walk was centred around Chatsworth Park on Saturday 23rd May. The walk took in the delightful countryside of Stand Wood, Beeley Moor and Beeley Village.
Despite being a Bank Holiday weekend, once we had ventured more than a few minutes' walk from Chatsworth House, we had the countryside to ourselves with the exception of the occasional fellow walker.
10th May 2009
Sunday 10th May brought in a mild spring day, with glimpses of sunshine encouraging 12 of our members to join a 4 ½ mile leisurely circular ramble. Our walk leaders Jane & Sheila took us along pleasant country paths to the hamlet of Hardwick were we enjoyed our coffee stop by the picturesque village pond.
Our return to Todwick was by way of Hardwick Lane, Common Farm Aston & Goosecarr Lane with distant views of Sheffield beyond.
12th April 2009
Todwick Ramblers held their usual walk on the second Sunday of the month which was Easter Sunday. The walk took them to Kiveton Park through Loscar woods to Harthill reservoir. A pleasant lunch was eaten watching the boats peacefully navigating the buoys on the reservoir. The return journey followed the stream from Harthill to Kiveton Waters then along the bridle path to Todwick. The group of 14 enjoyed a beautiful sunny day and would like to wish Jim Tompkin a speedy recovery. The youngest member of the group was 5 years old.
Our April "away walk" was completed by 8 members who explored the less populated areas of Clumber Park.
From our starting point at Truman's Lodge Gate we walked passed through Manton Forrest, Hardwick Wood and Carburton Hills to return to our starting point.
Despite the constant rain, the stroll through the carpet of bluebells shown to their best effect by the backdrop of vivid green freshly opened tree leafs, accompanied by spring birdsongs enhanced by the drumming of woodpeckers and the occasional call of a cuckoo made the walk very rewarding.
16th March 2009
Our March "away walk" was completed by 12 members under sunny skies on Monday 16th.
From our starting point at Drakeholes canal basin, we walked along the towpath in a westerly direction to Gringly Lock, were the once derelict keepers cottage has now been renovated to become a very desirable property.
At this point we left the canal to climb up to Gringley on the Hill, crossing the busy road to gain access to a series of field paths. Following a refreshment break at the side of a pretty coppice with a covering of violets, we continued along a recently waymarked path to emerge at Clayworth Church.
Passing through Clayworth, we regained access to the towpath which was our route back to our starting point, deviating only to stroll around Wiseton Village.
8th March 2009
On the 8th, 14 members set off for a 6 mile linear ramble which commenced at Dinnington Bus Station and returned to Todwick via Greenlands Park, North Anston, and the Chesterfield Canal.
The day was to be a walk of 2 halves. Initially the weather at the start of the ramble was most enjoyable with clear blue skies and warm sunshine. However, during our mid morning coffee stop the weather suddenly turned wet and windy with leaden skies, which unfortunately stayed with us as we made our way over muddy field paths back to Todwick.
17th February 2009
Tuesday 17th February presented itself as the harbinger of early spring with sunny skies and a warm breeze. It coincided with a walk and pub lunch outing that revolved around the Sitwell Arms at Whiston.
The easy walk conditions on the 5 mile circular ramble were a welcome relief from the winter scenarios we have had to contend with over the past few months and an excellent lunch taken with convivial company completed the day.
The members present thanked Jim and Janet for all their time and efforts in organizing this most enjoyable day's event.
8th February 2009
A bright but frosty Sunday morning on the 8th February saw 12 of our members on the bus for the short journey to Mansfield Road. As we passed Wasteneys Road it was noted that our club Secretary was still making his way to the bus stop and had hence missed the bus.
From Mansfield road we made our way down Deleves Lane to enter Rother Valley Country Park taking in the splendid view over the snow covered park and frozen lakes.
We then proceeded along the side of the river, around Nethermoor lake and on to our coffee stop in the bright sunshine over looking Meadowgate wildlife lake, where the various ducks and swans were seen to be sat on the ice rather than swimming in the water.
We then followed a short section of the Cuckoo Way before striking up hill to emerge on Church Lane Wales. Field paths from Storth Lane were then we used to return to Todwick.
19th January 2009
Elsecar Heritage Centre provided the meeting point for a 6 mile circular ramble. The route included the villages of Harley and Wentworth, and generally the conditions underfoot were good. However, the heavy rain fall of the previous night had reduced one or two field paths into glutinous muddy tracts, which turned our 12 strong group into mudlarks by the end of the walk.
11th January 2009
Fourteen members turned out for a local ramble that commenced at South Anston. The route initially followed the Chesterfield Canal to Turner Wood. Here changes in direction eventually lead us up to Moses Seat for a coffee stop. Our route back to Todwick was by way of Anston Grange Farm, Harry Croft Quarries, and Axle lane.
1st January 2009
New Year's Day presented itself with a low cloud base, hazy fog, and below freezing temperatures. Despite these conditions 17 ramblers wrapped themselves up and let in the New Year with a 6 1/4 mile circular ramble that encompassed Anston Stones Wood and its associated footpath network.
The frosty conditions proved conducive to walking, with puddles frozen over and path surfaces hard and dry. As the day wore on the clouds and haze lifted giving an enjoyable finish to the Club's first ramble in 2009.
The Club's pre Christmas ramble started from North Anston and followed bridleways to Swinston Hill and Dewidales Woods, eventually arriving at a junction with the A57. Anston Stones Wood was our next destination and the location for a seasonally flavoured coffee stop. Our return to Todwick was by way of South Anston and Axle Lane, completing a pleasant day out that was a precursor to the Christmas holiday.
9th November 2008
On Sunday 9th November 9 members took a chance on the weather forecast and commenced a 6 mile ramble from Kiveton Bridge.
The route included Walseker Lane, now limited to bridleway usage only.
After passing through Woodhall we followed the muddy path to Nor Wood resplendent in its autumn colours and highlighted by the morning sunshine.
Our return back to Todwick by some more muddy paths was timed just in time to miss the rain as it clouded the horizon.
27th October 2008
Monday 27th October found 13 of our members assembled at Linacre Reservoir for our latest week day "away walk" on the north west side of Chesterfield.
Following a stroll along the north side of the 3 reservoirs we continued along the Linacre Valley before crossing the river to head up hill on a muddy path through Copy wood, with a pause to take in the view over Chesterfield with the Crooked Spire in the distance, to emerge on the Old Brampton road at the now closed Hollins Chapel.
Following a short walk down the road we then returned over field paths to arrive at a view point over Linacre Reservoirs for our lunch stop.
Our route back to the car park was through the delightful woods on the south side of Linacre.
12th October 2008
A perfect sunny morning on Sunday 12 October 2008 was the date for our October local walk.
17 members enjoyed a walk via South Anston down to and along the canal to Thorpe bottom locks for our coffee break.
We then retraced our steps to go through Spring Wood up to Thorpe Salvin before returning to Todwick through Kiveton Park station.
29th September 2008
On the bright but autumnal morning of Monday, 29 September 2008, 7 members met at Baslow for our latest "away walk".
Our walk commenced with a climb through Chatsworth Park up to the 16th-century Hunting Tower which afforded spectacular views of the House, parkland and the village of Edensor in the background.
We then proceeded along the top of the ridge through Stand woods to emerge on to Beeley Moor for our picnic lunch.
Following a descent of the moor we arrived at the pretty village of Beeley, where we noted the almost obligatory Derbyshire village facilities of 1 Church, 1 pub and 1 cafe, but sadly no longer a Post Office or village shop.
Our return to Baslow was along the banks of the Derwent River with a rest stop in the warm afternoon sun on the steps of Queen Mary's Bower.
14th September 2008
On Sunday September 14th the Club organised a short 3.5 mile circular walk from Todwick, to encourage local residents to explore the footpath network around the village.
An excellent turnout, complimented by fine weather ensured a good day was had by all and provided a basis for similar rambles in the near future.
18th August 2008
August 18th saw The Club commence a 7 mile circular ramble under leaden skies and light rain, which stayed with us as we followed the bank-side path of the River Derwent to Hathersage.
On entering Hathersage the weather suddenly cleared and the dress code of our 13 strong group quickly transformed to summer wear.
The ramble continued with a visit to Hathersage Church, followed by a strenuous climb to Booths Edge where views of the Hope Valley and beyond were enjoyed. A gradual descent back to Grindleford via Greenwood Farm completed the day.
10th August 2008
On Sunday August 10th our well attended local ramble commenced with a bus ride to Aughton, from where we headed off using meadowland footpaths to Ulley village. On leaving Ulley the farming landscape changed as we headed towards Aston through a variety of ripening crops and rampant vegetation. Leaving Aston our route continued passing Fiddleneck pond, Nickerwood Farm and over the M1 motorway. The last leg back towards Todwick was by way of Upper Common Farm and Goosecarr Lane.
The Club's July 'Away Ramble' started from Langsett in good sunny conditions. It was a 7 mile circular route providing a variety of landscapes which included views of the reservoir, open moor, and traditional stone walled fields. The ramble passed through the hamlet of Midhopestones, and the opportunity was taken to explore its tiny ancient church, before returning to Langsett, via an old mineral line.
8th June 2008
On Sunday 8th June eight members plus two new members set off from the Village Hall for a 6 ½ mile circular walk. The day was extremely warm with clear blue skies. We made our way through Vessey Close Farm, Brampton Common and Hardwick Hall Farm before returning to Todwick. The field crops looking very healthy, with the trees in full leaf made for delightful scenery.
Our next walk on Monday 23rd June will be of 6 mile around Blyth, Hodsock and Old Carlton Village. Meet at Hodsock Priory at 9.30 AM.
26th May 2008
On bank holiday Monday the 26th May ten members meet at a very windy but dry Hardwick Hall for a 6 mile walk. From the car park adjacent to the Hall we passed the old hall and made our way through the park to Millers Pond. After a short climb we left Hardwick Park and made our way through Ault Hunknall before proceeding along field paths to the pretty village of Rawthorne. We then followed the Rawthorne Trail to arrive back at our start point via Lady Spencer's wood.
11th May 2008
The Club's local ramble on the 11th May had the benefit of a sunny spring day, which highlighted the picturesque qualities of the 6 mile route. This included the Chesterfield Canal and countryside around Anston Grange Farm, before returning through South Anston back to Todwick.
28th April 2008
On April 28th 12 Club members met outside the Clumber Cricket ground for a 6 mile circular ramble through Clumber Park. The route crossed Clumber Bridge to take a woodland track as far as the Normanton Gates. Here the terrain changed to an arable landscape with a well defined footpath taking us down to Hardwick village, and a bright and breezy lunch stop. The ramble was completed by a meander through Hardwick Wood before returning to the Cricket ground via the Information centre.
13th April 2008
Our local April ramble on Sunday 13th started from South Anston and included a visit to Hawke wood and Old Spring wood. Both woodlands were a delight to the eye with cowslips and wood sorrel mingling with a carpet of wild garlic. Swathes of bluebells in Old Spring wood welcomed in our delayed springtime. We returned to Todwick via the tow path of the Chesterfield canal and the Kiveton Park footpath network.
17th March 2008
Hardwick Hall was the destination on 17th March for fourteen club members who enjoyed a 7 mile circular ramble through the surrounding pastoral countryside of the Hardwick estate along with a visit to Taversal village.
9th March 2008
On Sunday March 9th ten ramblers journeyed to Laughton to walk a 6 mile countryside route back to Todwick, via Brampton en le Morthen.
The cool but sunny weather allowed excellent early views over Sheffield and Rotherham. This provided a complete contrast to our 19th February walk where the route had been shrouded in thick mist, giving a countryside scenario coloured white with hoar frost.
New countryside furniture was evident between Laughton and Brampton. Unfortunately, a number of recently installed high-rise stiles had not been constructed to facilitate easy boundary cross-overs for our petite lady members.
13th January 2008
On Sunday January 13th twelve club members decided to ignore the negative weather forecast and set out on a circular ramble led by Terry Calladine that included North Anston, Dewidales Wood, and Anston Stones Wood. In the event the prevailing weather gave good walking conditions with a drying breeze, high cloud, and a total absence of rain thus contributing to a very pleasant 4 hour ramble.
The club's next walk will be on Sunday 10th February 2008 led by Terry Calladine. Approx. distance 6 miles. Final details of the route will be posted on the Village Hall notice board and Todwick Post Office.
In addition, on Tuesday 19th February we are having a pub lunch at the Duke of Leeds Arms in Wales which will be preceded by a circular walk from Wales Church commencing at 10.00 hrs. For further details contact Jim Tompkin. 01909 770700