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You can leave messages and comments about all things walking as well as any events or information. To find out more about registering for and using the blog see HELP - Using the Blog in the list on the right.

Please do not put walks information here instead of into the web walks system. The blog does not reach all walkers.

A walk that may be of interest

GeneralPosted by DaveJ Thu, May 16, 2019 12:11:05

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

Dave

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

GeneralPosted by DaveJ Thu, May 16, 2019 12:05:33
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 commentsPosted by DaveJ Thu, November 22, 2018 12:36:57
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.

Dave





Closing lane to traffic

GeneralPosted by DaveJ Sat, June 02, 2018 11:19:32
Hi everyone

Derbyshire council are consulting about prohibiting motor vehicles from a lane near Stoney Middleton know as Jacob's Ladder. The proposal could use your support.

You can see the details and answer a questionnaire on the consultation web page.

Dave


Britain's Best Walking Neighbourhood

GeneralPosted by DaveJ Wed, March 07, 2018 16:56:25
Hi everyone

Stocksbridge has been nominated to the 2018 shortlist for the Ramblers Britain's Best Walking Neighbourhood, the only Yorkshire nominee. We walk there a lot and I know they deserve our support. See the message below that I have been asked to pass on.

Thanks
Dave

Please Vote for Stocksbridge: www.ramblers.org.uk/vote - the only Yorkshire nominee to make the 2018 shortlist for Britain's Best Walking Neighbourhood. Organised by the Ramblers, this prestigious award recognises an area where walking is the safe, pleasant and easy way of getting about.

Stocksbridge is the prime walking centre of the South Pennines. As the best walking area in Yorkshire, it is a deserved contender for the overall accolade.

Stocksbridge needs your vote - www.ramblers.org.uk/vote - before the 14th.March.

Play that may be of interest

GeneralPosted by DaveJ Mon, January 29, 2018 11:33:29
Hi everyone

There is a play coming to the Crucible Studio for 9-12 April that may be of interest. The publicity is HERE

Dave





Green Lanes Campaign

GeneralPosted by DaveJ Sat, October 28, 2017 11:05:54
Hi everyone

I think some of you will be interested in voting for Patricia and the Peak District Green Lanes Alliance. The PDGLA has been doing some great work to make green lanes free from 4 wheelers and trail bikes. These chew up ancient routes that originate with horse and carts and are not suitable for motor traffic. As representative Patricia has worked hard for the campaign.

Dave

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Dear all

I see I (in effect the Peak District Green Lanes Alliance) have been nominated in the category Campaign or Campaigner of the Year for the Great Outdoors Awards 2017

I knew nothing about this but please vote for me as if the campaign against motor bike and 4x4s use of green lanes wins it will give a huge boost nationally to the profile of the issue.

To vote, go to http://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/news/tgo-awards-2017-shortlists/ and scroll down to Campaign/Camaigner of the year

Many thanks
Patricia Stubbs





Rare fungus found on walk

GeneralPosted by DaveJ Thu, October 12, 2017 00:06:20
To the excitement of some and the bemusement of others we had an early break in today's walk whilst the enthusiasts took photos of a very rare fungus we found.

Known as Devil's Fingers (botanical name Clathrus archeri) it is quite striking in appearance although masked in the grass as you will see in the photo. In all we found 5 specimens and this may be the most northern record of the fungus. I am drying the specimen I collected and it may go to the national herbarium at Kew.

It is native to Australia and New Zealand. The first UK record was in Penzance (1946). It is described as very rare in the UK.

The fungus spreads its spores by attracting flies and it stinks (the smell is sticking to my fingers after several washes). The black blobs on the photo are the spore masses. You can also see the jelly filled egg like structure that splits open to allow the fungus to emerge.






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