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#61 12/07/2017 at 10:28

Well on 10th June, we completed the Star book of family walks, walk number 52 was up Kinder from Grindsbrook Booth, east at the top and past Ringing Roger and down to Ollerbrook Booth. The night before was heavy rain, but it had stopped for the walk and we managed to stay dry. We have 4 friends join us for the walk, which started very wet.

Halfway up Grindsbrook, you have to cross the brook itself, which was quite a torrent! 2 got over from a rock and Mrs Eppers was next and she slipped and fell inCry, luckily someone had got hold of her walking pole and dragged her to the side and pulled her out, she was up to her neck in it, it could have been much worse. Thankfully we carry spare stuff, and she stripped down to her underwear, much to the pleasure of my mate, and got changed, and fair play to her, she carried on with more determination!! The wind at the top was almost enough to knock you off your feet!

We carried on up Grindsbrook to the top and headed east to and past Upper Tor, Nether Tor and Ringing Roger and started the descent to Ollerbrook, back down and over the footbridge at Grindsbrook Booth, by which time the brook had dropped about a foot and was back to a babbling brook!

So we went back to our for a celebratory BBQ, as the rain held off, a great end to the book, but not without incident.

Now onto the next book of 50 walks!Thumbsup

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#62 26/07/2017 at 12:33

Well on 10th June, we completed the Star book of family walks, walk number 52 was up Kinder from Grindsbrook Booth, east at the top and past Ringing Roger and down to Ollerbrook Booth. The night before was heavy rain, but it had stopped for the walk and we managed to stay dry. We have 4 friends join us for the walk, which started very wet.

Halfway up Grindsbrook, you have to cross the brook itself, which was quite a torrent! 2 got over from a rock and Mrs Eppers was next and she slipped and fell inCry, luckily someone had got hold of her walking pole and dragged her to the side and pulled her out, she was up to her neck in it, it could have been much worse. Thankfully we carry spare stuff, and she stripped down to her underwear, much to the pleasure of my mate, and got changed, and fair play to her, she carried on with more determination!! The wind at the top was almost enough to knock you off your feet!

We carried on up Grindsbrook to the top and headed east to and past Upper Tor, Nether Tor and Ringing Roger and started the descent to Ollerbrook, back down and over the footbridge at Grindsbrook Booth, by which time the brook had dropped about a foot and was back to a babbling brook!

So we went back to our for a celebratory BBQ, as the rain held off, a great end to the book, but not without incident.

Now onto the next book of 50 walks!Thumbsup
Epworthowl, 12/07/2017 at 10:28



That story reminds me of when we were taken on a hike when we were at school. Going across the moors it was very boggy and we approached a pond covered in green litchen like stuff. We were in single file and the teacher said "What ever you do don't step on the green...pass it on"

Well how stupid can a teacher be?...the message got passed on until the first girl in the line and it got changed to "Step on the green" The resulting scream splash and laughter was likewise followed by the victim having to strip down to her underwear to change into some borrowed clothes.Thumbsup

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#63 12/08/2019 at 14:05

Not quite a Sunday Ramble but there is a tenuous link...

Once you're on the BBC page in question, do read the paragraph below the largest picture. Then watch the short clip at the bottom.

The 'rambling' link? Me and a mate once stayed in the place where this happened, Estes Park, whilst on a hill walking holiday in the Colorado Rockies. We were on the ground floor of our motel, too. Erm We came out one morning to find a herd of elk nibbling the grass edging of the cental car park. If you've never been close up with an adult Elk, they are chuffing HUGE. We walked around them!

A year later, in the Canadian Rockies we walked into a black bear coming the opposite way on the same woodland path. New kecks time! We'd already seen another two that morning, higher up the mountain. Interesting but definitely not fun!!

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#64 09/01/2020 at 22:34

Did a really nice short walk to blow off the cobwebs between Christmas and New Year. Parked on A57 at Ladybower and went up past the Dale End cottages, along the side of the woods then all the way up to the cross roads, along the bottom of the edge with "coach and horses" above us, then down along the edge of the woods to Ladybower. Stopped for a hot chocolate at the excellently kept walker and cycling shelter by the farm.

Then down to the reservoir and back to the car. We finished the afternoon with a pint of Ten Pin ale by Twisted Wheel Brewery and a chilli con carne filled giant Yorkshire Pudding in front of the fire at the Strines.

Great finish to the year! 

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#65 05/08/2020 at 13:28

We got 2 walks in from the AA book of walks in the Peak District this weekend. Our first trek in the Peaks since lockdown.
Saturday we parked in Tideswell Dale car park and walked along Millers Dale to Cressbrook Dale. Up the top to Tansley Dale then through Litton, up to Tideswell and back down to the car park.

Sunday, we picked up my daughter and went from Cromford up to the black rocks then down the rail track down to High Peak junction and back along the Cromford Canal. A beautiful and historic walk.

Really enjoyed both walks. Chalked another 2 off the book and it was heart lifting to get back into the Peaks.

Got a week in the Lakes next week. Watch this space 🙂 

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#66 05/08/2020 at 15:45

We did an enjoyable little 'hill walk' on Monday. We parked near to the Fox House Inn on the Sheffield edge of the Peak District and took a track northwards below Burbage Edge, with views west across the valley to the small shapely hills of Carl Wark and Higger Tor. After about 2 miles we reached Fiddler's Elbow on Ringinglow Road at the head of our valley, 399m above sea level. We followed the path round onto the ridge running back down the other side of the valley, which eventually took us up onto the flattish top of Higger Tor, our highest elevation of the day at just 435m and with superb views from the edges all around. We followed a sketchy 'path' down the other side, taking care when descending rocks and short drops, to join the main route to reach and ascend the smaller Carl Wark, 388m, an ancient hill fort. More good views.
We descended messily, (pick your own sheep track), to cross heather covered land and a small stream to cross the Hathersage road between the Toad's Mouth rock and the Surprise View. (Much more of a surprise if you forget to steer right whilst gawping at the stunning view!) We continued down the Burbage Brook, up to cross the Grindleford road and enter the Longshaw Estate, continuing on drives and paths back to the Fox House. A lovely little walk of very roughly about five miles, minor ascents, lovely views and some small, rocky descents to be careful on. I managed to trip on a stone whilst heading uphill, went almost full length but got my hands down in time, and two fingertips are reminding me why the local rock is called Millstone Grit! 

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#67 05/08/2020 at 16:30

Fred, that sounds great. I did the three edges walk in 2018 which covered most of that. The beautiful Padley Gorge is just down the road. My favourite ice cream stop 🍦😊 

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#68 05/08/2020 at 17:02

Anyone on here ever used the Ordinance Survey app? 

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#69 05/08/2020 at 19:48

Fred, that sounds great. I did the three edges walk in 2018 which covered most of that. The beautiful Padley Gorge is just down the road. My favourite ice cream stop 🍦😊
Epworthowl, 05/08/2020 at 16:30

We swerved off the stream just before it heads down into the gorgeous gorge. Been down there, etc, many times. And last week we did a walk quite similar to it, but even better in my opinion. Perhaps my favourite walk in or about Sheffield: Wyming Brook, Redmires Dams and "The River Lin".

We went to park by Rivelin Dams, (coincidentally the same dams my young Dad used to guard in his 'Dad's Army' days at the outbreak of WW2, when he was then just too young to join the army. In the last week of his life, in the late 1980s, I asked him where he'd like to go for a run in my car, in what turned out to be our last run out together. We went there. He was so happy to see it again.) Unfortunately, last week the car park at the foot of the Wyming Brook was closed to the public, being used for Water Board vehicles only during major works going on. So we drove round and up to the Redmires Reservoirs instead and started the same walk there instead. If driving there directly from Sheffield, you'd go via Crosspool onto Redmires Road and directly past Hallam F.C.'s ground at Sandygate, the oldest continuously used football ground in the world, I believe. But let's imagine we'd been able to start the walk in the usual place. Smile
Carry on the lane that goes across the Rivelin Dam from the A57, accessed via a sharp left turn from the main road down from Crosspool, on Manchester Road, a mile or so on the left hand side after it is joined by the road from Malin Bridge and Hillsborough. After crossing the top of the dam wall the car park is immediately on the left. Walk past the end of the tarmac and keep going until you reach the entrance to the absolute delight that is the Wyming Brook wooded glen on the left. You'll know it by the brook gushing under your lane. This is an unashamed beauty spot of the highest order. For perhaps a half a mile and perhaps three or four hundred feet of winding ascent, the gushing, cascading brook and its accompanying footpath twists and turns through the wooded valley, crossing under (stream) and over (path) multiple wooden footbridges to slowly gain height. So many rapids and minor waterfalls; so many different types of trees and bushes covering the steep hillsides and all of it thrilling the senses with the sunbeams threading the canopy whilst the rushing of whiskey coloured falling peat waters fills your hearing. And on a gently wet day, the silvery raindrops silver every hanging leaf around.
Yes, I do quite like it. Smug
All too soon you leave the canopy behind and enter open grassy stream banks at the top and then it's a shock to the system to reach the often busy road up to Redmires. Turn left on the road, very carefully, and in 50 or 100 yards cross it and turn right up a straight hill, up past a farm on your right. At the top of the hill turn right and follow paths clockwise around all three Redmires Reservoirs, eventually reaching the end of the tarmac lane that was Redmires Road and now continues as a sandy dirt road up onto the moors to Stanage Pole. BUT we're not going there, so continue clockwise, with the upper reservoir on your right. You have two options for your route north across the moors to reach the upper reaches of the river that eventually gives its name to Rivelin. The first one is by a car park at 350m above sea level. That path climbs through woods, then drops in a straight line northwards across the moors. The second route, (ours this time), also goes left / north, opposite the dam wall and past a tiny stone or brick building near the road. Following a conduit it, before too long, curves round 90 degrees west to eventually intersect the first path, which we now join to head north and eventually drop down rough moorland to a wooden footbridge to cross the river. Turn east on the far bank to follow the thickly wooded river bank down stream. This is another delight of mature woods and noisy, small river cascading. Avoid climbing up to the road on the left: cross the sturdy bridge to the right on a broad dirt road and follow it now on the south side of the deepening river valley. Eventually take a left fork that drops gradually back down to the Rivelin Dams. This is the same dirt lane that we started on, that eventually becomes the road past the car park and back over the dam wall.
According to 'Viewranger' on my phone, this walk was 5.86 miles in length, had 906 ft of ascent and then descent, had a lowest point of 697 ft and a highest of 1,176 ft, and took us 3 hours and 52 mins. But it was a very warm, beautiful day in one of my very favourite places, so I can't imagine how much of that time was spent by me taking photographs, (again!), and video clips, (more!) Don't just take my word for it, go and see for yourself. It's a little gem. Salute

Note: I don't know how long the usual starting car park will be unavailable but they were seriously busy. It is quite possible to start at the top, as we did, but It did feel a bit odd. I'm so used to the uphill coming first.  

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#70 05/08/2020 at 21:28

We did an enjoyable little 'hill walk' on Monday. We parked near to the Fox House Inn on the Sheffield edge of the Peak District and took a track northwards below Burbage Edge, with views west across the valley to the small shapely hills of Carl Wark and Higger Tor. After about 2 miles we reached Fiddler's Elbow on Ringinglow Road at the head of our valley, 399m above sea level. We followed the path round onto the ridge running back down the other side of the valley, which eventually took us up onto the flattish top of Higger Tor, our highest elevation of the day at just 435m and with superb views from the edges all around. We followed a sketchy 'path' down the other side, taking care when descending rocks and short drops, to join the main route to reach and ascend the smaller Carl Wark, 388m, an ancient hill fort. More good views.
We descended messily, (pick your own sheep track), to cross heather covered land and a small stream to cross the Hathersage road between the Toad's Mouth rock and the Surprise View. (Much more of a surprise if you forget to steer right whilst gawping at the stunning view!) We continued down the Burbage Brook, up to cross the Grindleford road and enter the Longshaw Estate, continuing on drives and paths back to the Fox House. A lovely little walk of very roughly about five miles, minor ascents, lovely views and some small, rocky descents to be careful on. I managed to trip on a stone whilst heading uphill, went almost full length but got my hands down in time, and two fingertips are reminding me why the local rock is called Millstone Grit!
Owling_Wolf, 05/08/2020 at 15:45


Did that very route for the first time aged ten with the whole school year
Tried to jump the stream heading back down and got wet feet some daft bugger fell in
Done the walk many times since coming back down the valley always made me think of the map from the Tolkien book The Hobbit with Rivendell hidden by the trees
Apparently in the stand of trees below the road heading away from Fox House to Hathersage is the remains of an Iron Ages settlement which used the hilltop fort on Carl Wark for shelter (its thought) in times of conflict 

Go to Bramall Lane??? I'd rather shit in my hands and clap 

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#71 05/08/2020 at 21:44

Good to read, Mungo. There are so many small, hidden spots near there: so separate, so discrete, that you really could be almost anywhere.
We sit there eating our snap sometimes, and you slowly realise that under the trees, the thick undergrowth, whatever, you may be in a tiny quarry or next to a tiny old tramway. Who built that? How long ago? Why or why there, exactly? What happened to them? What did they use it for? Why didn't they need it any more? What did they do instead? And then a voice disturbs your reverie. They're moving off. You're getting left behind! Smile, then get your finger out!
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#72 05/08/2020 at 23:13

I have certainly done some of that Fred. When doing the first book of walks we stitched 3 walks together which went up the long track to Stanage pole. We were lead all the way by a little plover. It kept 10 yards in front of us all the way 😊 

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#73 05/08/2020 at 23:20

Good to read, Mungo. There are so many small, hidden spots near there: so separate, so discrete, that you really could be almost anywhere.
We sit there eating our snap sometimes, and you slowly realise that under the trees, the thick undergrowth, whatever, you may be in a tiny quarry or next to a tiny old tramway. Who built that? How long ago? Why or why there, exactly? What happened to them? What did they use it for? Why didn't they need it any more? What did they do instead? And then a voice disturbs your reverie. They're moving off. You're getting left behind! Smile, then get your finger out!
Smug
Owling_Wolf, 05/08/2020 at 21:44


Thats me that is!
Always last in line mind always off on something else while still enjoying the present surroundings
I'm always at peace up there though no matter what my mood was before 

Post edited on 05/08/2020 at 23:21 by Mungo

Go to Bramall Lane??? I'd rather shit in my hands and clap 

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#74 06/08/2020 at 00:48

Whilst not enjoying your walks fellas near to Sheffield I've had a few decent wanderings from my door step into the N Yorkshire Moors from Great Ayton over the last few months. I can summit Roseberry Topping from my home.

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#75 06/08/2020 at 22:56

get some of the walks described in this thread Lee! 

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#76 07/08/2020 at 22:35

Did a local to home walk today. Mixture of woodland and field paths. Melting weather! 8.5 miles, 1,225 ft of ascent. Five hours.
Only notable wildlife was a family of three buzzards circling high above. One of 'em plaintively mewing. Probably fed up of waiting for me to corpse it in the 29° heat.
Cracking day!

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