We usually meet on the last Wednesday of each month and on the second Tuesday of every other month, at 9:30am by the village hall. Walks are not long or strenuous; 5 or 6 miles on average, each with a different leader. Come along to see the countryside in all its moods, sometimes bathed in sunshine, often with a shower or two, even perhaps with a carpet of snow!
Group Leader David Burke
2018 Walk Programme
Walter led 11 walkers on a 4 mile walk from Lyme Hall car park. It was a grey day with a biting cold wind in exposed areas, but fortunately much of the route was sheltered by high walls and woods and we rarely felt the cold.
Starting towards East Lodge, we turned before Kennel Wood onto the wide track between Hampers Wood and Lantern Wood, then picking up the faint uphill trod by the wall and passing the disused quarry before turning right at the top and following the wall round to the summit of Higher Moor at 402 metres. Quietly situated there is a viewfinder donated by the local Monkhouse family, which made a handy coffee stop.
We continued through patches of ice flakes blown off trees and fences, and at Bowstonegate turned right to make a careful descent by the icy path towards Knights Low. To our delight, dozens of deer were feeding close by in the thick mist, almost undeterred by our passage. We turned left into the woods and followed round to the edge path above Cluse Hay, where mixed tree planting is transforming the upper Poynton Brook valley,. A loop took us back to restored Keepers Cottage and the gentle ridge by Pursefield Wood, to take steps down to the West car park and the easy amble back to the Hall.
It had been a different sort of day, with the all pervading mist shrouding views, but giving us an atmospheric detached and quiet walk, much on firm grass paths, with only occasional dog walkers around. Most then headed happily home, with just a few finishing off with a lunchtime carvery.
The walking group's 2nd January walk on the 31st Jan led by Sam and Irene Chappell began in Hayfield Village on a fine breezy morning that was to change as we made our way up onto Middlemoor. 18 walkers turned out for the walk that took us alongside the River Kinder on Kinder Road then on a path past Bowden Bridge and up to the information board overlooking Kinder Reservoir for our coffee stop. The views from here looking over the reservoir and up to a snow speckled Kinder Downfall were impressive.
Merlyn & Joyce led a 5 mile (Transport Trek) walk from Furness Vale to the Dipping stones.
Despite the cold winter weather of recent weeks we were blessed with a fine, sunny day for the 32 walkers that joined the February walk.
The Transport Trek walk started by the group catching the 199 bus from various stops as we journeyed to Furness Vale our walk start point. .Despite the road resurfacing work on the A6 no delays occurred and the group occupied a high percentage of seats on outward and return journeys.
The route followed Furness Clough passing small and large houses from our industrial past as we ascended to Diglee Farm and then Whaley Moor.
Merlyn gave a historical picture of “Furnace” the original name of “Furness Vale” from 1690 and the rich industrial past from iron smelting, Calico Printing, Coal Mines, and Fire Brick kilns. Rapid development occurring between 1796 to 1804 following construction of the Peak Forest canal, A6 turnpike Road and railway in 1831.
We stopped to admire the 3 Australian named Bungalows built by Knowles Barton (coal mine and brick furnace owner from 1905) on land where pit ponies used to graze. Nearby we stopped at a small white gate and an oil pipeline sign known locally as the “village Secret." Joyce gave the history of the pipeline and its installation linking ports and airfields for supply under invasion conditions.
Following a group photo at the Dipping Stones we had a coffee stop and then admired the panoramic view of the Dark and White Peak hills. Our mountain conquered, the descent involved a tricky stile and boggy ground leading to Start Lane. Descent to Toddbrook Reservoir was through Slatersbank Wood with early signs of spring snowdrops and occasional sections of mud. We walked over the dam wall, through the park alongside the river Goyt to our “surprised lunch stop.”
Lunch was taken in the restored Victorian waiting room at Whaley Bridge station, thanks to Brian and Alison Allerton. Over lunch Brian gave a historical talk on the station and his passion and dedication in leading the team and obtaining funding for the building restoration was much appreciated by the group.
The last stretch of the “transport trek “was along the Peak Forest Canal to Furness Vale just in time to catch the 199 bus back.
David thanked Joyce and Merlyn on behalf of the group for a great walk.
Merlyn & Joyce Young
19 hardy walkers met at the 5 Lane Junction at the top of Mellor. Walk leader Steve Reynolds had warned that, although not long, the going was likely to be tough after days of poor weather. And so it proved.
We set off along the Shiloh Road with splendid views of Lantern Pike and then Kinder Scout. Unarmed, we joined the Gun Road and headed towards Pistol Farm before striking out across moorland to a farm track. We encountered serious mud on the diversion to Robin Hood's Picking Rods . Unsurprisingly these 2 stones have nothing to do with Robin Hood but are Anglo Saxon in origin and mark the boundaries of Mellor, Ludworth, Rowarth and Chisworth.
Retracing our steps through the same mud we crossed Ludworth Moor to Clough End, where we forded a stream before arriving at the tiny hamlet of Brook Bottom. There used to be a bleach works nearby but that is long gone.
A steady climb then followed as we headed towards Mellor Hall . Although the present building is 17th century there has been a hall on this site since medieval times. A short walk then to arrive at Mellor Church just in time to take sanctuary from a heavy shower and eat packed lunches.
From the Church, downhill to Lower Farm, before the sting in the tail. An upward slog past the Oddfellows Arms to Moorend and back to the starting point.
Walk length 5.5 miles
Eleven of us drove in convoy to the Grin Low car park, just south of Buxton, with the intention of enjoying a 5 mile walk led by Jeff Mortimer. The planned route was via Solomon's Temple, Poole's Cavern, the old Cromford and High Peak Railway, and the (now empty) Stanley Moor reservoir.
On leaving our cars, it was obvious that low cloud would render visibility to be not more than a few yards for most of the walk. Climbing towards Grin Low Tower, otherwise known as Solomon's Temple, we traversed uneven ground caused by the remains of old lime kilns. On arriving at the Victorian folly, it was obvious that no views were possible as low cloud was upon us.
On leaving, we entered a wood but it was soon evident that this was the wrong wood as Jeff had become disorientated due to the mist. Soon we were in the correct wood, “Buxton Country Park” and we descended to the car park at Poole's Cavern where we stopped for a coffee break.
Passing a school with its playing fields, we crossed a muddy field to join a lane leading through Fern House (an equestrian centre), and then through some fields onto Grin Low Road.
Here, Jeff had planned to ascend to join to old railway trackbed through Harpur Hill Business Park, but due to the poor visibility, he decided to take a shorter route to pick up the line near Stanley Moor. He had not “reccied” this however, and unfortunately, the route took us through one of the muddiest farmyards ever!
Crossing a field, we stopped by a wall to eat our packed lunches. The visibility was still almost zero, which was a pity as the view would have been superb.
We continued, to pick up the trackbed and then we arrived at the empty Stanley Moor reservoir. Jeff explained that the reservoir had been built over a fault line, where lime stone and grit stone had met, so it had always leaked. The authorities had therefore apparently given up and drained it. Jeff thought that the smaller reservoir on the Leek road nearby must have taken over its duties.
After that we followed a track back to the car park. Despite the disappointing misty weather, the walk was enjoyed by all and it was suggested that we repeat the walk later in the year when the weather should be more favourable.
David Burke led a group of fourteen on a 5.5 mile walk around the hamlet of Ford near Chapel-en-le-Frith. Ford is the oldest part of Chapel with records predating 1222.
We parked at Ford House in dry bright weather conditions and ascended Peat Lane, a lovely tree lined track with excellent views of the valley and the Chestnut Centre, alas now permanently closed. After passing through open farmland, busy with new lambs at play, we reached the bridleway at Tom Moor and followed it towards Hayfield. On reaching Roych Clough we had a welcome coffee stop by.
the peat stained stream, enjoying weak sunshine sheltered from the wind. Our route continued along the bridleway before following a downhill path to Shireoaks and then along a horizontal track in open countryside, however here the heavens opened and heavy rain and strong winds lashed us as the squall passed quickly through, but not before giving us a good soaking!
Under brightening conditions we followed the path to Breckhead and descended to Wash via a network of "hidden" paths. From Wash we followed a fantastic path along the river, under bright sunny skies, passing Cornheys Farm and stopping for our picnic lunch on reaching the bridge on the lane to Malcoff.
We then followed the lovely lane back to Ford. Unfortunately, as we approached Ford, the brisk wind delivered a violent rain, hail and thunder storm, giving us another soaking before we could take shelter in our cars! The weather did spoil it's manners but did not quench our enjoyment of the stunning area around the ancient hamlet of Ford.
On a beautiful May spring morning 17 of us met at the Little Mill Inn in Rowarth. We began by walking uphill on a stony track which soon levelled out to give panoramic views of the surrounding hills before reaching a minor road. We followed this downhill before turning off left and then uphill again following the National Trust signpost to Lantern Pike. After our coffee break the more energetic walkers climbed to the summit of Lantern Pike (373m ) and met up with the rest of us a little further along the main path, extolling the magnificent views they had seen from the top.
Walking over grassy paths, we then followed the track over Matley Moor heading for the far end of Coombes Rocks. Having reached the highest point of our climb we enjoyed our lunch break in the glorious sunshine looking out over the fantastic countryside surrounding us.
We then completed our walk by walking along Cown Edge Rocks, enjoying a completely different view of towns and hills before dropping back down over grassy field paths into Rowarth. The day concluded with a welcome drink in the Little Mill Inn.
19 folk set off from Wormhill to accomplish a 'challenging walk'. Wild Orchids were easily seen from the path as we walked down to Cheedale. Everyone managed to get to the top of the steep hill from the valley for a coffee stop with wonderful views. Passing through Blackwell Hall Farm and into the hamlet of Blackwell was delightful in the warm sunshine. Climbing up a lane near Priestcliffe we veered off onto a track finding a good spot for our picnic lunch again with views. Then downwards on a long mostly stony track (meeting two motorcyclists coming towards us!) we eventually got to the B6049 road carefully walked down near to Millers Dale turning left to walk back to Wormhill by the river Wye.