Todwick Ramblers Club Walks: 2021
23rd August 2021
North Nottinghamshire countryside
17 members and one dog met at Budby Water Treatment Works on a sunny morning for an easy walk of just over 5 miles in the North Nottinghamshire countryside.
Our walk commenced with a stroll through Holborn Hill Woods to join a bridleway which took us over the river Meden by a stone bridge before crossing Netherfield Lane to enter Gleathorpe woods.
Following a short break, further bridleways were walked before again crossing Netherfield Lane at Meden Vale and re-crossing the River Meden by a wooden footbridge, the step up to which being high required help from the gentlemen for some of the ladies.
Crossing a stubble field and field of potatoes, Assart Farm was reached, and the walk continued on the farm track along “The Bottoms” to reach two conveniently placed seats for our lunch stop.
Fully refreshed, an easy walk along the bridleway of Broomhill Lane took us back to Holborn Hill woods and our starting point.
Helena & Terry
5th August 2021
Stavely – Chesterfield Canal – Hartington Harbour – Staveley Town Lock – Poolsbrook Country Park – Stavely
It was a lovely morning on Thursday, 5th August 2021 when a group of 19 people and 3 dogs met in Stavely at Morrison’s car park. Regular walkers were delighted to welcome a new walker and several other members whom we had not seen for a while.
We walked down to Chesterfield Canal and then along towards Killamarsh, past the new Hartington Harbour and Staveley Town Lock. Work on the canal then finishes pending final decisions on the route of HS2. A short climb up to the Trans Pennine Trail and stop for a drink before we continued to Poolsbrook Country Park.
When we reached the cafe in the park there was an opportunity to buy refreshments and use the toilets, about half of the group elected to remain there, whilst the rest continued around the lake. When we were reunited and suitably refreshed, we made our way back to Staveley, this time walking up past the church and hall, then down a narrow path to reach the canal and return to our cars.
Despite black clouds we did get back before it rained. A pleasant walk of 4 or 5 miles on comfortable wide paths which allowed people to chat.
25th July 2021
Clowne – Elmton – Clowne
Ten members of the Todwick Ramblers enjoyed a 5-mile circular walk from Clowne on Sunday, 25 July. The group was thankful that the heatwave earlier in the week had passed and that the thunderstorms in the south of the UK had not reached Clowne.
Beginning from the car park in Church Street, the route passed the leisure centre where one member recommended the swimming pool there. The route then headed south and crossed a few fields with good views west towards Staveley and North Chesterfield. Turning east and passing a radio-controlled aircraft flying club, the route used green lanes and small country roads to reach the attractive village of Elmton.
This village is steeped in history going back to at least Anglo-Saxon times. It has a number of interesting features and information boards. The group’s break was at the old village well which was in a small grassy area enclosed by a stone wall and with handy wooden benches. The small community orchard adjacent provided an overspill for socially-distanced lunching. Some members made a note of the nearby popular village pub restaurant for a future visit.
The final section of the walk was on well-surfaced lanes over farmland and on hedged paths leading to the outskirts of Clowne. Finally, we turned onto Church Lane, passing the impressive large church of St John the Baptist and back to our cars.
6th July 2021
13 Club Members met in the main car park of Clumber Park for a 5 mile walk around some of the quieter parts of Clumber. The weather forecast was not great, suggesting heavy showers could arrive at any time. It was great to see so many returning after about 16 months of Covid restrictions.
The walk took us past the Walled Kitchen Garden and through Ash Tree Hill Wood before joining some of the many cycle routes within Clumber. The tracks took us through heathland and woodland before emerging onto Clumber Lane close to Truman’s Lodge. Some interest was shown in a signpost indicating distances to Dover and Inverness along National Cycle Network Route 6 which passes through Clumber. A lunch stop was taken close to Clumber Lane. This was where our luck ran out as just as we were finishing lunch the heavens opened meaning a very wet return to the car park.
Thanks to all who turned up for the walk.
Ernest and Judy
24th June 2021
Ramble to Hardwick
We didn’t expect a big turnout on the first post-Covid ramble, so the 15-member response was great. All pleased to put Covid behind us and our best feet forward.
Just a short walk to start the new programme, starting in Todwick and following the footpath from Kiveton Lane past the fields of barley to Goosecarr Lane. We negotiated the hazard of the A57 traffic lights to cross the dual carriageway and then followed the bridleway to Hardwick Ponds, an excellent picnic spot by the water. The return was via Hardwick Lane, another crossing at the lights, a right turn to walk the path by Aston Farm which returned us to Goosecarr Lane and back to our start.
About 4.3 miles on some pleasant local footpaths which everyone enjoyed plus the chance to meet up again.
Rosemary & Brian Chambers