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Clarion Call Gig Oct 25th

GeneralPosted by MalcolmD Mon, September 02, 2019 12:41:24

Date for your Diary

Clarion Call Gig

We are using Eventbrite for booking tickets to the Clarion Call Gig Sheffield Ramblers are organising at the Shakespeares Ale and Cider House on Gibraltar Street.

The gig is on Friday October 25th from 19:30 and booking is now LIVE.
You can use the link below to get to it. Tickets are £5 each.

Please publicise the event and do invite friends and fellow ramblers.
It should be a great night out with songs inspired by GHB Ward and Alfred Wainwright, written & sung by local singers & musicians, which proved a great hit at last year's AGM. The Shakespeares pub has a great reputation for real ales & cider.

You'll need to copy & paste the following link into your web browser to get tickets:

Please ask anyone who doesn't want to make an online booking to get in touch with me at either "" or tel: 0784-253-0128.
I will make the booking for them.

Malcolm Dixon, Secretary

Extra Fixit Tomorrow

FixitPosted by MalcolmD Sun, August 18, 2019 12:24:03

On Fri, 16 Aug 2019 at 17:05, Sheffield Ramblers Secretary <> wrote:

Hi there,

With regard to emails below from Christine Whitaker. I would be willing to go there this coming Monday with some secateurs and loppers - say from 11:00 onwards. Would anyone else be interested?
Call/text me on 0784-253-0128

Possibility of lifts/shared cars. Apologies for very late notice

Many thanks.


Malcolm Dixon

Sheffield Ramblers Secretary or 0784-253-0128

Christine - can you give us a grid reference for where this Park Lane, Hunshelf Bank in Deepcar is, please? see attached map, Malcolm - SK274990

You may want to change your mind when you know where the problem is. The section in question goes across the hillside from just after Wellhouse Farm on Park Lane to Old Park House. It's very difficult to access as it's half way up the hill. Tony Andrews may be able to get permission for parking at one of the farms, but the owners of Old Park House don't seem very friendly. When we went to do some work a few days ago we parked on the road on the hillside (shown in yellow climbing up between Fox Valley Retail Park and what's left of Samual Fox's steel works. We walked from there passing Wellhouse Farm and started clearing just after there.


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From: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <>

Date: 16 August 2019 at 13:25:38 +01:00

Subject: Fwd: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

To:, Sheffield Ramblers <>

Re Park Lane Hunshelf Bank

Dear Malcolm and Judy

Below is a conversation between myself and Tony Andrews regarding the condition of Park Lane, Hunshelf Bank, Deepcar. I wonder if any members of the Fix IT Team may be interested in helping clear the overgrown path mentioned below, before the 25th August. It seems as if Mr Andrews will help out if we can provide a some volunteers (I think he may provide the equipment needed). As Jan has now finished with Fix It, I'm sure who to approach. Could you please contact anyone that may be willing to help?


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From: Andrews Tony <>

Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2019 at 08:44

Subject: Re: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

To: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <>

Hi Christine,

Thanks for this. One of my rangers did a cut back on this path earlier in the year when we put in the new stiles at Old Park fm.

Unfortunately everything has grown madly this summer.

I have asked him to do another cutback along the route but it may be 3 weeks before it gets done as he has to take time off with kids school holidays.

My other 2 rangers already have a full workload.

If your RA fix it group want or can do this work please just let me know.

Regards Tony

-------- Original Message --------

From: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <>

Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2019, 17:02

To: Andrews Tony <>

Subject: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

Dear Mr Andrews

Terry Howard suggested that I contact you after I spoke to him about the condition of Park Lane at Stocksbridge. I have noticed that Sheffield ROW Department has installed a number of new stiles along the lane and wondered whether there were any plans to cut back some of the overgrown vegetation.

A few days ago I went along the lane while checking a route that was planned for Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group on 25 August, but the condition this year means the route is not suitable. Visually impaired walkers often need a guide by their side on our walks, and there isn't enough room for 2 walkers side by side.

Two of us went up yesterday and spent a few hours cutting back the brambles that were growing across the the path, but we were only able to clear only about a third of the route (and that was only a rough clearance).

There will be no problems changing the route for the August walk, but if you do have plans to tackle the vegetation in the near future, would you want any volunteers from Sheffield Ramblers?


Christine Whittaker

Backmarker/s wanted for May 13th coach ramble

Walks commentsPosted by MalcolmD Sun, March 11, 2018 12:38:29
Further to Liz's announcement about the April 8th Coach Ramble, can we also announce that the May 13th Coach ramble will be going to the Yorkshire Wolds and exploring the dry chalkland valleys to be found there. (OS map 294)

Two walks will be offered:- a 12 mile walk between Fridaythorpe and Pocklington led by myself and a shorter walk between Huggate and Pocklington led by Dave Jefferies, both following parts of the Yorkshire Wolds Way.

We are looking for backmarkers to accompany us on the recce's for these routes and because both walks will be linear there is a need for an additional car.

Our initial recce will be on Tuesday March 20th and I've arranged to meet up with friends & colleagues from York to meet us at Pocklington for 10:30 which will mean leaving Sheffield between 08:30 and 09:00 at the latest, possibly earlier if multiple pick-ups have to be arranged.

My apologies for the shortness of notice for this and it is likely that a second recce will have to be arranged at a future date if thought necessary.

Please let either myself ( or 0784-253-0128) or Dave Jefferies ( or 0789-024-6604) know if you're interested in joining us on these recces.

Many Thanks. Malcolm Dixon

Recent Incident

GeneralPosted by MalcolmD Sun, February 18, 2018 17:01:30
I won't be able to come out on Wednesday's walk due to another commitment that day so I thought people who were on the walk I led a couple of weeks ago may be pleased to hear about Terry Guy, a guest walker that day, who slipped when we were on our way down Lose Hill. It sounds like he is well on the way to recovery and we may see him again. Cheers. Malcolm Dixon

"Many thanks for your email the incident report is fine. I didn't for some reason receive Val's email about the bent pole but if Dave is Ok with it its fine by me....

I've looked at your forthcoming programme and it appeals to me, having walked from West of Sheffield some years ago now with a private group. I've been looking at nearer caravan sites so that I can join you from the start point sometime but of course most are shut until March or April..if I do make it I'll buy Dave a drink.

As far as my knee is concerned I went out with Colchester Group on Wednesday but conditions were muddy and slippery and I struggled a that the bruising and swelling has died down I'm feeling some underlying injury which will obviously take time and rest to heal.

My best mate commented to them that only laryngitis would stop me walking so his card is marked for future retribution!!

Regards, Terry Guy"