Tideswell & Monks Dale Walk - September 15th

Posted 16/9/2018

I simply love walking in the Peak District, today was no exception, our group completed a 6.8 miles circuit of the Derbyshire Dales in quite lovely early autumn conditions.

Starting from the pretty but often overlooked village of Tideswell we made our way out towards the Limestone Way, heading for Monks Dale. Monks Dale, as anyone who remembers our walk through there back in winter 2015 would agree it is quite a connoisseurs walk. Today, in sharp contrast to our 2015 walk the dale and river were dry.

Although the Dale was dry it is still quite tricky to walk through this Dale, a nature reserve where nature has simply taken over. Our party negotiated the slippery stone paths and fallen trees admirably if not always in a dignified manner. Towards the end of the Dale we finished up walking along the river bed which was bone dry and made for an easier path through than the one alongside.

We sat on the bridge across the river to take a belated lunch break, our feet dangling off the bridge. Had we tried this back in 2015 our party would have been shin deep in water.

After emerging from Monks Dale, we entered the pretty village of Millers Dale pausing briefly to check our route we then had to ascend a quite brutal path to the Monsal Trail.

As you may imagine the Monsal Trail was extremely busy with both walkers and cyclists taking advantage of the weather conditions, for the DVWG party it was only a short stretch to walk, before leaving and descending to the stunning hamlet of Litton.

From Litton we took a steady meander through Tideswell Dale, again another very stunning Derbyshire Dale, which is very popular because of both its beauty and wide, well surfaced paths.

From here another short but steep footpath took us to Tideswell Town End where we took a steady walk down the narrow streets into the village and the end of our walk.

A quick beer (for some) followed at the Horse & Jockey in Tideswell before commencing our journey home.

Well done to the 8 people and one dog who completed today’s lovely 6.8 miles walk especially Katie Summerell who tackled the walk and challenging conditions in Monks Dale admirably, even freely sharing her iced party ring biscuits along the way !

Shelley was main photographer today, watch out for her pictures which will show some of DVWGs finest in undignified poses having fun in Monks Dale.

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Castleton & The Seated Man - 9th Sept

Posted 10/9/2018

Sunday saw Dearne Valley Walking Group visit North Yorkshire for an 8.5 mile walk from the village of Castleton to see the 3 metre high bronze statue of a seated man on Castleton Rigg.

Our party of eight adults and one child set off from the Downe Arms pub in Castleton, making our way westwards along the High Street before taking a left turn to follow the Esk Valley Walk down the side of the cemetery. This took us past Didderhowe Farm and eventually to a tarmacked road which led us to West Green Farm.

After passing this farm the road changed back to a track as we continued past a several more farms, including Blackmires where we spotted numerous young peacocks. Continuing southwards our route saw us carefully evade a large heard of cattle before we made our way to Danby Head.

Here we encountered the hardest part of the walk with a short, steep uphill section which then levelled out before again proceeding steeply up hill to reach the main Castleton Road on Castleton Rigg where we were immediately struck by how windy it was on the higher ground. We then followed the road norrthwards, passing High Crag to reach a junction at Low Crag.

Here we took a left turn before making our way across the open moorland to locate a path which took us up on to Brown Hill where we easily located the Seated Man. The Seated Man on a three-legged stool was created by artist Sean Henry and commissioned by the David Foss Foundation and has a magnificent view as it overlooks Westerdale. The statue is due to remain in place for five years.

After the traditional group photos were taken we continued along Castleton Rigg before dropping down to re-join the main road. After continuing along this for a short while we took a diagonal path to the right to drop down through bracken to Forest Lodge where, now well out of the wind, we took a belated lunch break.

After our stop we passed through Forest Farm and, after not being able to locate our intended path, took an alternative route along a track back to the western edge of Castleton and then finished our walk with a well deserved drink in the Downe Arms.

Well done to everyone who undertook this walk which offered superb views of Danby Dale and Westerdale.

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Aircraft Wrecks of Bleaklow - 2nd Sept

Posted 2/9/2018

A 20-strong party assembled in Old Glossop for this challenging but ever-popular 10.5-mile route onto Bleaklow.  In mild, overcast conditions, albeit with more than a brisk breeze, we tackled the relentless ascent onto James's Thorn and the first wreck.  After waiting for a gap in traffic in the fell race we encountered coming the other way, we found our first wreckage and memorial stone.  We descended the short distance from here across open moor to the second wreck, before our next tiring ascent up to Higher Shelf Stones and the extensive wreckage of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Overexposed".

After a lunch stop at the trig point. we took a trodden but unmapped path to Hern Stones, onwards to Wain Stones (famous for their 'kissing heads' appearance) and on to Bleaklow Head.  From here we followed the Pennine Way across Sykes Moor, taking a 500m detour across tough terrain to successfully locate our fourth wreck of the day.  Returning to the Pennine Way, we crossed the adjacent stream at John Track Well, planning to take the shooting path back towards Glossop. However, we found this path to be closed and we had to follow a diversion indicated on the closure sign.  One of our diversion paths proved tricky to locate but we did eventually find our way back onto the route and began our descent back into Old Glossop.

In an unusual twist for DVWG, the hardest bit ended up being ordering a pint afterwards, as the post-walk trip to the ram-packed Queens Arms descended into farce! After our eventual gentle refreshments, our fatigued party then went their separate ways. 

Thanks as ever to all who attended for your continued support of the group.  Shoutouts go to the first-timers Alan Badcock, Andrew Stubbs, Ellen Vickers, Alison Sharp, Amanda and Mike Hughes.  Massive congratulations to Dean and Jane Duke, who were celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary today. And if I do say so myself, congratulations to me (Nick), your walk leader today, as I racked up 1000 miles walked with the group!

You will note I haven't spoken at any length about the wrecks visited in this write-up.  After listening to me drone on throughout this seven-hour epic, I thought you all deserved some respite!

Additional Family Walk

Posted 27/8/2018

It has been brought to our attention that September is lacking a family walk! We apologise for this oversight and have added a Green Moor and Hunshelf route on Sunday 23rd September. Please see the events page for details.

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Chinley to Edale Walk - August 18th

Posted 18/8/2018

A great days walking for DVWG today, as ten of our finest took on a strenuous walk starting from Chinley on the western edge of the Peak District, walking to Edale, our walk took us via South Head.

Having previously underestimated how strenuous the walking was in this area, we therefore decided on an early start of 10:00am, which resulted in most of us leaving home at around 8.30am to arrive in Chinley in time for the walk.

After assembling, our walk commenced through the village, famously the home town of Edwina Currie, with a continuous steep ascent for around two miles on local footpaths until we reached the Pennine Bridleway which is north east of the town.

From here it was a rather undulating path around South Head and over towards the two fords at Shake Holes. As you might imagine after the recent hot weather, the fords were almost completely dried out.

We took a lunch break alongside the fords, this gave some of the female members of our group the opportunity to admire the prowess of several male mountain bikers who were taking part in a mountain bike marathon along the Pennine Bridleway.

After our lunch break it was time for ascent once again crossing Tom Moor Plantation until we reached the road above Perryfoot.

From here it was time to leave the Pennine Bridleway and head for Edale starting out across the bridleway onto Rushup Edge.

Instead of continuing on Rushup Edge, we headed on a track known locally as Chapel Gate with yet more ascent before reaching the Edale Valley.

The weather so far had been somewhat overcast with light breeze, however upon reaching the top of the Edale Valley, the sun came out for what turned out to be a rather hot afternoon in the Peak District. The view from the top of the valley was simply stunning.

We commenced our descent into Edale down a rather tricky track which was quite slippy, fortunately no one fell and we descended safely reaching the road at Barber Booth, where we walked the last mile or so on the road to reach Edale and the end of our walk, where there was time for our group to have a beer or in some cases a well-deserved cuppa before taking the train home after a tiring but wonderful days walking in the Peak District.

Well done to the ten of DVWG’s finest who walked, whilst only 8.08 miles, 1620 feet of ascent made for quite a strenuous walk.

Finally a big hello and welcome goes to Rob Evans who walked with DVWG for the first time today.


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Tankersley Old Hall Evening Walk - August 16th

Posted 18/8/2018

A lovely evening walk tonight starting from Harley walking up the medieval Black Lane to Tankersley Old Hall which featured in the film Kes. We then walked through Bellground Wood and over to Skiers Spring before returning to Harley on field paths, sampling blackberries as we walked.

Well done to our party of thirteen who completed this 3.2 miles stroll. A fitting end to our summer evening walks. A big hello goes out to Mark Waite who walked with us for the first time tonight.

Our evening ended with a drink in The Horseshoe and a lively debate about pop music. A great night all in all.


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Rother Valley Family Walk and Picnic - 12th August

Posted 12/8/2018

Trust DVWG to schedule our summer family picnic on the first wet weekend for three months!  Sadly, this resulted in a very depleted turnout of six - four adults, two children, both kids belonging to the walk leaders!  In the absence of other families and the light but constant rain, there was little point in attempting a picnic. So it was the Rother Valley Family Walk and Picnic without the families. Or the picnic.

Rother Valley Park is a beautiful and extensive country park with a huge lake, and indeed our route today was simply a single lap of this, which comes in at three miles!  On the lake is a water assault course, waterskiing towed by an overhead cable system. sailing, fishing and a range of waterfowl. Off it are well-surfaced tracks, a cycle hire centre, cafe and playground.  Today, a charity fun-run was also taking place.  With so much going on, it was an entertaining affair - the kids taking particular delight in falling waterskiers - and the weather held off just enough to keep the walking pleasant.  One slightly sour note was that the pay and display parking has been replaced with a cabin at the entrance, charging a flat fee of £5 per vehicle to park, regardless of planned length of stay.

Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable outing for our small gang, so thank you to those who attended.