Locke Park Toddler Walk - 10th November

Posted 12/11/2019

A party of fifteen assembled in Locke Park car park for this short and steady jaunt.  Given recent flooding around South Yorkshire, the decision was taken to keep the walk within the confines of the park, where the paths are surfaced.  We had proposed an extension to this to Rob Royd Farm but with the walk aimed at our very youngest participants, the risks of waist deep mud or impassable paths was too high to trust to chance.

Nevertheless, the park afforded us 1.6 miles of such paths, which Maya and for the most part Ella, managed with aplomb.  There were bits of exercise equipment and trees to swing on for the older kids and, of course the play area at the end.  Given the bright sunshine, we managed to make a full morning out of it and the kids all seemed to enjoy.

We were pleased to welcome Emma, Lowri and Edith Nicholls to our ranks of participants and hope to see them join us again in the future. Thanks as ever to everyone who walked for supporting our group and particularly for your support of our youngest participants. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Merchandise Order in November

Posted 5/11/2019

We are taking orders for various items of club merchandise at very reasonable prices.

Items for sale are:

Classic Cuffed Beanie Hat

Embroidered Baseball Cap

Water Bottle

2020 Calendar

DVWGs new online shop is now up and running - click on the Buy section for details, or orders can be placed in person with committee members on walks.

The shop page is live until November 24th to allow time for pre Christmas delivery of items ordered.

Magpie Mine & Lathkill Dale Walk - November 2nd

Posted 3/11/2019

Eight of DVWGs finest took part in a rewarding walk in the White Peak in persistent rain.

Starting from Over Haddon walking along footpaths onto Bole Hill and passing the remnants of Magshaw Mine before walking a further mile to the Magpie Mine, where we were rewarded with a magnificent site which is worth our f further exploration.

Some more walking across field paths saw us emerge in Monyash where we stopped for some liquid refreshment at The Bulls Head, where some of our party took the opportunity for a clandestine lunch.

Retracing our steps our of the village we reached Beresford Dale which was in an awful condition with plenty of boot top mud.

We entered Lathkill Dale and walked it’s full length back to Over Haddon. The Dale looked magnificent in autumn colours, the fast flowing wiers added to the view.

Walking across the Dale Andrea took an awkward tumble, which could have been mistaken for either praying to Mecca or kneeling on the banks of the Ganges. Certainly Andrea was lucky to finish the walk, as Audrey had made several attempts to impale her with her walking pole during the day.

A tough ascent back into Over Haddon meant the end of our 9.6 miles walk which we had duly squelched round.

A beer at the Lathkill Hotel which overlooks the dale was reward for our party of eight. Well done to everyone.

A great walk, which we should repeat, hopefully in better weather.

Christmas Social - 1st Dec - Reminder

Posted 30/10/2019

As we are only a month away, I could do with those planning to attend letting me know sooner rather than later to get arrangements shored up with the venue.

Food orders will be taken no later than a week in advance and a menu can be found here


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.