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Is it a badger?

Uncategorised Posted on 5 February 2021 12:38

Great find by Catia.

I had a look in my book of animal tracks and found the description of Badger paw prints that seems to match Catia’s photos. See the description as well. Badger prints are like small bear prints! The fainter inner toe matches Catia’s photos so it all adds up.


Virtual Walks

Uncategorised Posted on 24 May 2020 20:12

Hi everyone

These links were circulated to the U3A cycling group but I think they will be something to cheer up us Ramblers. I hope you enjoy them.

Clare Balding’s podcast on BBC Sounds includes several episodes set in the Peak District. Here are a few which include David Blunkett, a walk around Robin Hood’s Stride and Black Men Walking which you may remember was the walking group established in Sheffield to encourage ethnic minority men to access the countryside.

David Blunkett

Robin Hood’s Stride

Black Men Walking

An interesting web site

Uncategorised Posted on 17 May 2020 18:52

I love maps and like to research and plot out routes especially now that this might be the closest I can get to some decent walks for a bit. However for many of us the cost of software to do this is is off-putting.

I recently came across an interesting web site called Visorando that I think is worth looking at. Basically it allows you to plot a route, save it and print to a PDF file. You get information about the length of the route and height ascended etc. All useful. Best of all it is free and you can use OS maps. There are other maps available so that you can even plan your next holiday (or at least dream about it). You can also access routes added by other users and save yours for public use if you want. You have to register for access to all the features

The site is at

Give it a try and let us know what you think in a Comment.


Map reading guide

Uncategorised Posted on 7 April 2020 11:56

Hi everyone

I hope you are not feeling too cooped up. At least for those of us with gardens we will quickly run out of excuses not to do a bit of weeding and tidying. A walk or bike ride usually seemed a lot more attractive than digging up dandelions. It is also an opportunity to brush up map reading skills and even to work out a few walk for when we can get some mud on our boots.

The Ordnance Survey have a map reading guide that might be useful for a bit of armchair/deckchair study. You can download it from:,1KKZ1,74Z2MD,5BJVM,1

Looking forward to seeing everyone once we get back to some sort of normality.


Free ticket for Quiet Flows the Don

General Posted on 14 November 2019 12:16

I have a spare ticket for the film Quiet Flows the Don. It is a documentary about the River Don, South Yorkshire’s great industrial waterway, once the filthiest river in Europe, but now at the heart of one of Britain’s most remarkable environmental success stories.. (See link HERE.) It starts at 6 and is 1.5 hours.

If you want the ticket email me First come … etc


A walk that may be of interest

General Posted on 16 May 2019 12:11

This is not a Ramblers walk but I think it may interest some of you. It sounds like an interesting perspective on our city.


Explore the Steel City like never before

Discover how engineering has shaped the city of Sheffield on a special walking tour this June.

As part of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Explore Engineering Weekend from June 21-23, Chartered Civil Engineer David Tattersall will lead a sightseeing journey around some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Points of interest on the route include the cathedral, Sheffield Station and Passenger Transport Interchange, Lady’s Bridge, the Parkway Viaduct and Victoria Quays.

Former Regional Director of ICE Yorkshire and Humber, David Tattersall, said: “So often, we wander around our cities without thinking about what’s beneath our feet, or the feats of civil engineering which have enabled them to blossom.

“This event will provide an engineering insight into the history and growth of the city of Sheffield.”

Explore Engineering: A Civilised Place walk, Sheffield, will take place on Friday, June 21, and Sunday, June 23, at 10.30am, starting at Sheffield Cathedral.

Mike West’s 80th birthday

General Posted on 16 May 2019 12:05

Tony asked me to post this photo on the blog.

To those who weren’t there we had a really enjoyable time celebrating Mike’s 80th birthday.

Thanks Mike from all of us for your excellent company and for the many walks you lead. Keep them coming.

Miles of Stiles

Walks comments Posted on 22 November 2018 12:36

Hi Everyone who was on the walk yesterday.

I am glad we all made the 16:00 or earlier bus (except Leonie & David who wanted to sample the local hostelries). Thanks to Ian for letting the driver know that a final group was on its way. The last group got to the bus at exactly 16:00 so if the very obliging driver had not been forewarned we may have seen a back view of it disapearing along the road.

Several of you wondered how many stiles we went over. Counting the field boundaries we crossed I make it 38. Given that we had almost no gates, I can only think of one that I have accounted for, I think the figure is about right. We also had a few ‘super stiles’ which gave us all problems and really slowed things down. With 21 walkers the delays really mount up even though we tried to avoid bunching by heading straight to the next stile each time.

It would be interesting to do some timing of stiles. 15 seconds per person would mean 5 minutes per stile for a group of 20. If we head off to the next stile as we did yesterday then the back of the group will be at least 5 minutes behind as we found. In practice it was a mixture with both bunching delays and a trail of walkers. Perhaps we need a White Peak correction to the Naismith algorithm to take stiles into account.


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