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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.


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.


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.


Please Vote for Stocksbridge: - 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 - - 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


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.



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 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.

Incident on Today's walk (3rd Oct 2017)

Walks commentsPosted by DaveJ Tue, October 03, 2017 18:18:28
Just a note for everyone on the walk today. As you may have been told a climber (Edward) had fallen off Curbar Edge. Fortunately a couple of holidaymakers had made out his cries for help so were heading to find him and alerted us so Liz and I went to see if we could be of use.

Edward was injured with what appeared to be a broken ankle so while one of the holidaymakers was phoning 999 we tried to make him warm and comfortable. It was useful to have my GPS so that we could give the grid reference especially because the other two did not know exactly where we were not being local.

In fairly quick time first the air ambulance arrived followed later by the Edale Mountain Rescue and another paramedic. They carried out immediate first aid and pumped Edward full of painkillers plus gas and air. They then took him off to Sheffield NGH. Other than the ankle or lower leg he seemed OK as he was put into the helicopter so we assume he will make a good recovery.

Thanks to Sheila for ringing to check that Liz and I got back OK. We did and had a very good stroll down to Baslow just in time to catch a 218.

Judy Gathercole

GeneralPosted by DaveJ Sat, March 11, 2017 13:20:26
Hi everyone

Judy had a stroke yesterday. Fortunately the friends she was with realised that there was a serious problem and got an ambulance immediately. As we all know prompt action is important.

I saw Judy in hospital earlier today and she is recovering well. Her speech is good and she can use her fingers properly even demonstrating that she could touch her nose. The main current problem is high blood pressure. Judy's spirits were high and she is as indomitable as you would expect of her.

I am sure we will get progress reports from other visitors and I am sure we all wish Judy a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her on a walk very soon.


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