Dale Abbey and Hermit's Cave Family Walk - 20th Oct

Posted 20/10/2019

A party of nine assembled at the start point of this walk. It should have been ten, except for the fact that International Man of Mystery, Russ, set his satnav for East Midlands airport instead!

And so the seven adults and two kids set off from Pioneer Nature Reserve, near Ilkeston, down to Hermits Wood and up the steps to the ancient dwelling dug into the hillside.  Returning ot the main path, we continued into Dale village and the ruins of Dale Abbey. Little of this remains beyond an imposing stone archway but it is still quite a sight.  The published and waymarked route for this walk is a mere 3.5 miles and the plan was to extend on a bridleway near the church in Dale.  However, there were notices up warning of permanent closure from 2020 and our proposed route, sadly, was already blocked by a gate which was chained shut.

This left us with the options of the 3.5 mile route or a more ambitious extension to 6.3 miles.  Given the distance travelled to the start point and the glorious weather conditions, we chose the latter.  So taking a (very muddy) footpath out of Dale, we crossed a main road to pick up the Midshires Way for a short stint before returning to Dale, near the Carpenter's Arms.  Here the Lurch of Letwell (now Idiot of Ilkeston) demonstrated his secret agent skills, having made it from the airport to the correct start point and then tracking the group down!  The reacquainted ten of us then set off for ten yards before deciding that actually we might as well stop for a drink and returning to the hostelry.  After brief refreshments, we set off again up Dale Moor, skirting Lady Wood and back into Kirk Hallam and the nature reserve.  From here we drove to the Bulls Head in Little Hallam in the hopes of post-walk food but found the pub under interim management and the kitchens closed.  Some of our party stayed for a drink whilst others took their leave.

Thanks to all who attended and a couple of special mentions - to Oliver who (despite a couple of mini meltdowns) completed the whole distance unaided and to Russ for somehow actually managing to find us!

Hathersage & Stanage Edge Walk - October 6th

Posted 7/10/2019

Well the threat of terrible weather for today’s planned walk in the Yorkshire Dales meant that interest and enthusiasm for the planned Scaleber Force Walk was rather low and resulted in a re-think and an alternative walk put in place somewhat nearer home. What a gem it turned out to be.

Hathersage is a beautiful village in the Hope Valley which is often overlooked by DVWG as a walk start point, with only two walks starting from there in the group’s 450 strong walk history. It is also the gateway to Stanage Edge.

Our party of five met at the railway station and left The village via Baulk Lane crossing Hood Brook and ascended to Dennis Knoll before a steady ascent onto the edge on a very well defined path.

So far the weather had been clement with only a 2-3 minute shower, once on the edge we took a drink break and decided to extend our walk onto Stanage Pole where we took a lunch break in the sunshine taking envious glances at Stanage Lodge, a fine adjacent Victorian mansion.

The descent through Stanage Plantation to North Lees was simply stunning, by now we were walking in wonderful autumn afternoon sunshine.

A walk across field paths brought us to the outskirts of the village where we took a detour to the parish churchyard to view the grave of Little John.

A beer at the Scotsman’s Pack and a lively conversation about the return of TV show Spitting Image was reward for a great days walk before a short stroll through the village, passing Hathersage Lido and the end of our walk.

This was a wonderful 7.6!miles walk with weather which simply defied all forecasts. Well done to the five attendees who gambled on weather conditions and were rewarded with an absolute gem of a walk.



New Millardam Walk - September 29th

Posted 30/9/2019
Just three hardy souls undertook this rather wet & soggy walk from New Millardam. 

The walk which headed towards Notton & Walton involved a circuit of beautiful woodland & countryside despite the constant rain. 

Our party braved the  weather & with a few diversions completed 8.6 miles.

Well done to everyone who braved this walk, a big welcome goes out to Kate Brooke who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

Youlgreave & Lathkill Dale Walk - September 21st

Posted 22/9/2019

Our party of 15 adults, one child and 5 dogs set off from the George Hotel in Youlgreave.

We left the village via Bradford Road and had a short descent to take us down to the River Bradford. Here we followed the river past several weirs enjoying the sound of the water and the sunshine. 

On reaching the village of Middleton some of our group took the time to stop and admire the RAF Wellington BJ652 memorial before continuing on to view Bateman’s Tomb. We quickly resumed our walk through the village picking up the Limestone Way. 

After a short uphill climb we decided it was the perfect spot to stop for lunch and admire the view. Crossing more fields we reached Cales Dale where a steep descent (at this point we were grateful that the route provided had us descending rather than climbing the tricky stone steps) dropped us down into a woody vale which had several weirs. Continuing on we reached Lathkill Dale which is a National Nature Reserve. 

The path took us past several small caves and weirs. On reaching the ford an alternative ending to the walk was suggested instead of us tackling a steep ascent. 

At the mention of a climb it was quickly agreed that we would follow the river to Conksbury Bridge. Here we crossed the river and made our way over fields towards Raper Lodge making a quick ascent back to the George Hotel in Youlgreave.

An enjoyable 8.8 mile walk in late September sunshine

Lastly many thanks to Liz for standing in as walk leader today.

It's here at last! NEW DIARY

Posted 22/9/2019

It's been a tough one to pull together! Not least as it contains two socials, both of which have been have been well-attended in past years. Worse, on Tuesday night of the past week, we had venues arranged for both these socials. By Wednesday night, both had given backword, leaving us in something of a hole!

Last minute complete rearrangements of these socials and accompanying walks are now complete and so we've gone to press.  All events for the remainder of 2019 are now on the events page and the downloadable diary is in the download section in the usual formats.

It's been a frantic week and we hope our participants will make our running around worthwhile by supporting our Autumn programme in good numbers. You've never let us down yet!

Yorkshire Dales Weekend - September 14/15th

Posted 16/9/2019

It was on early start for DVWG traveling north to Horton in Ribblesdale for our Yorkshire Dales weekend. Our party was due to meet at 10am.

By 10.30am we were parked and had negotiated large toilet queues, heading out of the village to Pen Y Ghent. 

It was fair to say that the village was crowded with large numbers of 3 peak walking groups. We left the village via Brackenbottom on an ascending field footpath before meeting the foot hills of Pen-Y-Ghent massif on Fawcett Moor.

After a refreshment break we tackled the short steep ascent which included some scrambling to meet a paved path which led us to the summit in an impressive time of just less than two hours.

After lunch we continued along the moor following a quite boggy route onto Plover Hill one of the quieter peaks on the ridge.

The descent from Plover Hill was steep and tricky with no margin for error due to the sheer drop which was possible from the path, our party of ten negotiated this swiftly and safely descending to a bridle way which was to return us to Horton.

Crossing Horton Moor we stopped to view Hull Pot, a large collapsed cavern which was pretty impressive.

Our final track back to Horton was a 1.5 miles rocky stretch of the Pennine Way to complete our walk and a well deserved beer at The Crown Hotel as a reward.

The star of the day was undoubtedly Paul Whitham, who tackled his first mountain walk since a serious road accident in late 2018 admirably, even if he was seriously tired afterwards.

Next we were off to The YHA at Ingleton and once showered off to The Wheatsheaf for a great group meal.

The evening after DVWGs away trips can often become messy with our group sampling local hostelries as part of the groups undertaking to help stem the high number of pub closures in the UK, it was simply stunning to hear drinking challenges being made and accepted by some of our group.

Breakfast on Sunday morning was a quiet affair with our group taking a hearty meal at the YHA before some of us traveling to Hawes while Andrea and Audrey headed for home.

We assembled in Hawes, joined by Amanda and Barry heading out of the village along the Pennine Way to the village of Hardraw, where we visited the grounds of the Green Dragon pub to view Hardraw Force, England’s highest unbroken waterfall. The waterfall and surrounding beck is simply stunning and is well worth a visit.

Our intention was to continue back to Hawes via Simonstone however our party of eight decided to simply stroll back along the Pennine Way back to Hawes and the end of our walk, where after warm goodbyes we headed for home.

Well done and thank you to everyone who attended, remember our 3rd Yorkshire Peak trip in 2020 will be an ascent of Ingleborough. 

New Walks Added

Posted 15/9/2019

With a couple of finishing touches outstanding with regards the new diary, this should be online midweek, all being well.

In the interim, the first 5 walks have been added to the events page, to give people a little extra notice. We hope to see you all stepping out with us on a busy autumn programme.  Details of our Christmas walk and social and After Dark 10 will be coming soon.