New Diary to May Bank Holiday and latest newsletter

Posted 10/12/2017

See the Events page for a rundown of upcoming walks.  These can also be found in the Download section in the usual Word and PDF formats.

The Downloads page also hosts the quarterly newsletter so please download the new Winter 2018 issue from there.

This lengthy diary reflects a significant effort from our committee and, as ever, we hope the outcome is plenty of walks that interest our participants. We hope to see you all out and about on these walks in the coming months and wish to thank you for your continuing support.

Categories Group News

Bolsover & Sutton Scarsdale Hall Walk

Posted 10/12/2017

A rather cold and somewhat snowy affair for our walk from Bolsover Castle over to Sutton Scarsdale Hall yesterday.

After a steep decent in icy conditions from Bolsover we circumnavigated Carr Vale Reservoir and the remains of Lodge Farm to cross the M1 ascending to Sutton Scarsdale Hall.

As we were taking a lunch stop outside the hall looking at the early effects of the fine restoration work being carried out by English Heritage, we were invited into the adjacent church for a... very welcome hot drink.

After our drinks we commenced our trip back to Bolsover via the edge of Duckmanton, crossing through the New Bolsover model village before a final steep incline took us up to Bolsover Castle and a well deserved beer in the Wetherspoons pub adjacent to the castle.

Thanks to the 11 people who tackled this lovely 8.10 miles walk in cold, icy conditions, this is definitely one to try again in summer.

Categories Walk Write-ups

Grange Park Walk & Christmas Social

Posted 2/12/2017

A local walk for DVWG today around Grange Park, the former estate of the Earl of Effingham, takin in some rather nice woodland tracks. Not the easiest route to navigate this one, hence why it has been in the DVWG archives since our last outing here way back in 2012.

 
Having said all that it was a pleasant walk for the 15 adults and 2 children other some early December sunshine enjoyed too. The route was 6 miles.
 
Following finishing the walk we adjourned to The Manor Barn at Kimberworth for our Christmas Social. The meal was delicious, it was also great to see Roy and Denise Smith who we haven't seen for quite some time following Roy's illness.
 
All in all a good afternoon & early evening out for DVWG, well done to Nick Powell for his choice of today's social.
Categories Walk Write-ups

Shireoaks & Thorpe Salvin Walk

Posted 25/11/2017

A very easy 7.15 miles stroll for DVWG today in the late autumn sunshine today at Shireoaks.

A smaller party of eight participants set off from Shireoaks, walking along the Chesterfield Canal towpath towards Thorpe Salvin, along this stretch there is a pretty impressive collection of locks for any intrepid boat people to negotiate.

Our party walked through Old Spring Wood and onto footpaths leading to the rather beautiful village of Thorpe Salvin, here we stopped off at one of our favourite pubs from previous walks in this area, The Parish Oven where we enjoyed a drink and an open air lunch break in the sunshine.

On leaving Thorpe Salvin we stopped off to take a look at the impressive remains of the village’s medieval hall before walking on to Loscar Wood.

From Loscar Wood we crossed Thorpe Common and were fortunate enough to see some great aerial action from the members of Sheffield Aero Club who are based at Thorpe Salvin Airfield which was situated nearby.

We then crossed Scratta Wood on route back to Shireoaks, passing the remains of Shireoaks Hall and the beautiful adjoining lake and buildings, the scene which could have easily been mistaken for John Constable’s Flatford Mill in the late autumn light before a short walk back into Shireoaks completed our walk.

This walk was a beautiful walk in open countryside which is definitely worth repeating.

Finally a well done to Emma Powell & David Kirk who both chalked up 100 miles season to date today, also a belated well done to David Richardson on his 100 miles season to date achieved last week, which we omitted to mention.

Categories Walk Write-ups

Bakewell to Haddon Hall Winter Market - November 19th

Posted 19/11/2017

Many thanks to the ten adults and three junior walkers who made up our party of intrepid explorers for today's walk.  The five miles walked in resplendent winter sunshine meant Liz Davis and Steve Pennock clocked up 100 miles for the season so far, whilst Emily Kirk notched her 50.

I described our party as intrepid explorers for a reason - that reason being that you needed to fit this description to navigate your way round this one.  Indeed, the weather and the milestones reached were the only redeeming features of an otherwise dreadful affair.  Our route out of Bakewell was on a riverside path which at times was so boggy it was scarcely discernible from the river itself.  Nevertheless, it was a damn sight better than the paths for our return leg which, for the most part were not distinguishable as any sort of path at all.  The five miles of miserable mud trudging were punctuated by a visit to a lacklustre Winter Artisan Market, where for a swingeing £5 per head entrance fee, you could look round a large but not very varied selection of craft stalls, with little on offer by way of food.  The cafe was serving £3 glasses of mulled wine, accompanied by a mince pie for just £2.95 more (I kid you not) and the one coffee van had a half-hour queue.

There were a couple of things we learned today.  Whilst some walks we do become group favourites and appear in the diary, often slightly modified, every couple of years, some walks will appear once and once only.  The other thing we learned is, compared to £5 to park the cars and £5 per head for the market, just what fabulous value for money DVWG represents, still at just £1 per adult per walk. I don't know how we do it for the money!

Bookings closed for After Dark 8

Posted 12/11/2017

The maximum number of attendees has been reached for this walk and so we are no longer in a position to accept bookings.  Anyone who has not yet booked but wanted to attend, please accept our apologies.  In the event of cancellations, places may become available, in which case a notification will be sent out.

Regards

Nick (Socials officer)

Categories Social Event

Lotherton Walk - November 12th

Posted 12/11/2017

A large turnout of 25 adults and 5 children for today’s walk in the cold winter sun which had a changed starting point to the Blands Arms in Micklefield and ended up being shortened slightly to 6.62 miles. 

 

We left Micklefield passing the village playing fields and made our way along Pit Lane to the main A63 which we followed as far as Peckfield Plantation. There are two routes marked across the plantation which, unfortunately, it looks as if our route took the far less walked one as the path petered out and we were forced to battle our way through brambles before reaching an obvious path again and skirting Micklefield Plantation to cross the A1(M).

 

Our route then took us through the woods of Castle Hills and followed Highfield Lane to cross the railway line at Newthorpe and then made our way towards Hartly Wood, pausing at Newthorpe Barrack for a lunch break.

 

Another disappearing path in Hartly Wood forced us to divert back towards Micklefield and we then took the decision to return directly to the Blands Arms rather than find an alternative way to rejoin our planned route given the number of people, especially children, on the walk and the lack of available daylight.

 

Well done to everyone who completed this walk, especially Liz Davis who clocked up 100 miles season to date on this walk.

 

Finally a big hello to Emma Labedzki and Tracy Davis who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

Categories Walk Write-ups