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AGM Speaker

General Posted on 25 August 2017 10:57

AGM SPEAKER: Bill Gordon

It has been confirmed that the speaker for the AGM on Monday 13th November 2017 is Bill Gordon, the Estate Manager for North Lees which includes Stanage.

He has managed this very popular and iconic area for a very long time. His work on Ring Ouzels, their protection and proliferation, has been of particular note in the UK’s most popular climbing and walking area. His cultural heritage discoveries on the rocks and moors is fascinating.

He has also uncovered the story of those who lived at Stanage Cottage just below the Stanage Plantation.

It is hoped that as many members as possible will be able to attend.

Put it in your diary, not to be missed.


Secretary Sheffield Ramblers

Spirit of Kinder

General Posted on 30 March 2016 19:18

Spirit of Kinder returns to Hayfield

The fourth annual Spirit of Kinder event, celebrating Kinder Scout and the 1932 Mass Trespass, returns to Hayfield on Saturday, April 23.

The event is being organised jointly by the Kinder Visitor Centre Group and the Kinder & High Peak Advisory Committee and will be held at The Royal Hotel, Hayfield, starting at 2 pm. You are cordially invited to attend.

Keynote speakers will be Carey Davies, the British Mountaineering Council’s Hill Walking Development Officer and Philip Pearson, former Senior Policy Officer in the TUC’s Economic & Social Affairs Department, who will speak on climate change and green issues.

The event will also see the launch of a new biography of Benny Rothman, leader of the 1932 Mass Trespass, by Mark Metcalf and published by the Unite trade union. Musical interludes will be provided by folk singer Brian Peters and the Manchester Woodcraft Folk, who will lead the traditional singing of Ewan MacColl’s Manchester Rambler.

Admission to the Spirit of Kinder Day is free and all are welcome, but as space in the hotel is limited, people are advised to arrive early. We are encouraging people to use public transport. Trains run to New Mills and Glossop from Manchester and Stockport, and buses link with Hayfield.

Other events during the weekend include the unveiling the first of several interpretive plaques which will form a Trespass Trail, and art exhibitions, including work by local artist Sarah Morley, in the Village Hall. The Woodcraft Folk will also be organising activities for young people in and around the village hall. In the evening, the band HOAKES will be performing at The Royal in support of the Kinder Visitor Centre.

On Sunday, April 24, three walks led by qualified mountain leaders start in or near the village at 10 am (see for more details). And on the same day at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Bridgewater Folkfest will feature Bill Lloyd and others, singing traditional North Country music including The Manchester Rambler.

Among the organisations attending the event are the Ramblers; Sheffield Campaign for Access to Moorland; Peak & Northern Footpaths Society; British Mountaineering Council; the National Trust; the Civic Trust; Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation and Friends of the Peak District (CPRE).

Stanage Pole & North Lees

General Posted on 30 March 2016 19:05

The following events are taking place soon:

1. Stanage Pole Raising Ceremony – A new pole is being erected at 12.noon on the 17th April 2016 in a simple ceremony , as part of the 65th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.

The Sunshine Pizza Oven will be selling refreshments in support of the Pole Project, Stanage & North Lees on the Sheffield side of the Long Causeway adjacent to Redmires Plantation.

2.North Lees Hall is participating in an ‘Open Heritage Weekend’ on the 23rd and 24th April 3pm. There will be refreshments and children’s activities. Donations to Stanage – North Lees.

Both events should be worth attending.



Walk Sunday 31st May

Walks 2015 Posted on 21 May 2015 14:45

The walk that we are leading on SUNDAY 31st MAY from Chinley, ‘Tramways, Bridleways, Byways and Highways’ will finish at Castleton. 09.14 train to Chinley

The above day and date are correct for the walk. (The printed Walking programme had the incorrect day given for the walk, that being a Wednesday, The walk will take place on SUNDAY 31st MAY. )

It will be 10-11 miles, linear and moderate.

Val and Janice

Coach Ramble – 3rd May

Walks 2015 Posted on 20 April 2015 19:47

The ‘A’ walk- 12/13 Miles approx.

The walk commences from the car park in Goathland. We walk from there to the train station and cross the rail track. Our route is planned to proceed along the edge of Goathland Moor up towards Darnholme. We then head for Hollins Garth, prior to entering the delightful Crag Cliff Wood emerging near St Matthews Church and reaching Grosmont. There are some good views along the way and the possibility of seeing steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway below. Hopefully there will also be a good show of flowers in bloom, especially in the wood.

After passing Grosmont train station we climb up to the Esk Valley Walk (the same as the ‘B’ Walk, but we will follow it nearly all the way into Whitby passing through both Sleights and Ruswarp). The walk is varied with woods, farmland and riverside pastures to enjoy on our way and has extensive views of the scenery and landscape on a clear day. On our way into Whitby we descend down onto the ‘Cinder Track’ (an old railway line that ran from Scarborough to Whitby). We walk along this track for a short distance passing under an impressive viaduct and descending into the town to finish at the train station.

The ‘B’ Walk- 8/9 Miles approx.

From the car park at Goathland we make our way to the Mallyan Spout Hotel, then go down through the wood to see the waterfall before going on down to Beck Hole with it’s busy village green. Shortly after here we pick up the ‘Historic Railway Route to Grosmont’ from which we should see some steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

We pass Grosmont Station then pick up the Esk Valley Walk which climbs up a farm track and a pretty woodland path before gaining a very pleasant route along the top of the Esk Valley before descending down past the quaint Newbiggin Hall into Sleights from where we get the coach to take us into Whitby.

Coach Ramble

Walks 2014 Posted on 28 April 2014 10:27

Coach Ramble Sunday 4th May 2014

This coach ramble is to Lower Nidderdale. The area is covered by OS Explorer Map 298, Nidderdale.

The coach will leave Arundel Gate (Howard Street) at 08.00. It will proceed to Pateley Bridge. This is where both parties will leave the coach to start their walks. There are toilets next to the coach park. Both walks will end in Pateley Bridge. Hopefully everyone will have time to explore the various cafes, pubs and shops before boarding the coach for the return journey.

Walks Descriptions:

Both walks follow some sections of the Nidderdale Way. There should be time on both walks to explore the amazing rock formations at Brimham Rocks.

‘A’ Walk – 11 miles Circular Moderate

Pateley Bridge, Bewerley Village, Yorke’s Folly, Guisecliff Cragg, Harewell Hall, Braisty Woods Farm, Brimham Rocks, Fell Beck, and onto the Panorama Walk back to Pateley Bridge

‘B’ Walk – 9 Miles Circular Intermediate

Pateley Bridge, Panorama Walk, Blazefield, Brimham Rocks, Low Laithe, River Nidd, Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge

Proposed Development Hope Valley Railway Line

General 2013 Posted on 2 December 2013 11:09

Network Rail are proposing the development of the Hope Valley Railway Line at Longshaw to build a passing loop for slow freight/local trains.

Several of us picked up a National Trust Leaflet on our Sunday Walk yesterday that was expressing concerns with the potential impact of this proposal on Rough Wood the ancient woodland next to the railway line near Grindleford as well as an area of hay meadows. These plans would also impact on footpaths with temporary closures.

If you have views on the proposals there is a Public Consultation open until Friday 6th December 2013. Details of the proposals and an online consultation form can be found on Network Rail’s Website:

Val Coleman

Ramblers Route Workshop

General 2013 Posted on 8 August 2013 11:11

Message from Christine Whittaker SYNED Ramblers

The Ramblers are offering a Ramblers Route Workshop in our Area during October (19th or 20th requested but not yet confirmed).

The workshop will be a full day event including an IT session and a planning route/walking session. These workshops are great fun as well as thought provoking – how to write a good walk description.

Ramblers Routes are a useful resource for use on holiday in England.

For the workshop to go ahead at least 15 members are needed.

Please contact Christine on 01433 650705 for further information.