Feed Back - What The Ramblers Thought
Leigh Smith (on the left), Adrian Mather and photographer Barry Dyke completed the Round Walk in 14 hours 30 minutes in perfect weather on July 3rd 2005. The photo was taken shortly before their lunch stop at the Red Lion. Barry said, 'We had a brilliant day. The route is first class. Well done to you all.'

How long, we wonder, before their time is bettered?

We have just completed the walk over a four day period and thoroughly enjoyed it. We stayed at the Portland Hotel in Chesterfield and used the bus service to reach our start point every morning. We had one or two hicups but nothing serious.

1. We missed the grassy track above Barlow Common Side and walked down the steep bank (awkward stile) to the road and into the village. (our fault)

2. We missed the turn off from the lane in Common Side, just past the fishing lakes and finished up walking to the Mill, but picked a bridleway up into Monks Wood to rejoin the route again. (our fault)

3. The F.P.S. and waysign where the route leaves the B.6050, below Pratthall Farm, appear to have gone missing.

4. Some of the waysigns in West Wood, above Brimington Common have been vandalised.

We would like to thank you for a very well thought out walk and will strongly recommend it to our members.

Ivan Barnes
Group Footpath Secretary.
Sleaford and District Ramblers Group

Excellent walk well maintained and waymarked, directions also great. I really didn't think this area of countryside would be so enjoyable and interesting. Sheet a little awkward to use in the wind and rain pamphlets like the ones produced by the Rotherham Ring Route would be more user friendly. One fault the bus 54 didn't drop us off on the place indicated on the map to start the section North Wingfield to Stone Edge. Stuart Lakin

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I attach some photo's of our wonderful walk, we had glorious weather, beautiful views, very nice B/B ( Anis Louise ) we could park all week no problem. Evening meal's at local PH, very friendly nice people, good food too ! Clean tidy well kept area, very impressed. All four of us agree the walk is very well organized, no problem with transport. Each morning we purchased our lunch from Marks & Spencer, and friut from the market stalls, ( as B/B only 2 mins walk to town ).
We used the Chesterfield Round brochure to follow the route, and for general info etc., map & compass was not needed as the walk is so well marked.
At Ouzle Bank Cottage by the bench, we thought there could be a viewing info board attached to post that overlooks Chesterfield. Flora & fauna at their best too ! We thank all who made this walk possible.

Blue skies and happy day's
Regards Jan Halliwell & co

Enclosed is a cheque for another copy of the leaflet, mine's in tatters! Thoroughly enjoyed it (four of us) - lots of laughs and "oohs and ahs" of scenery.

Am planning to bring a coach load from Lincoln next year to do a 10 miler finishing at the Five Pits Trail end. Our lot love a cafe/garden centre at the end before setting off home - can you recommend any in the near vicinity?

Thanks once again for a great walk (the locals couldn't understand we'd come to Chesterfield for a holiday and the bus drivers were much bemused).
S. Hancock

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A group of 20 Long Distance Walkers Association ( www.ldwa.org.uk )
members gathered at Stone Edge at 7:00 am on 14/4/2007 to set off on the Chesterfield Round Walk.

This was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures well into the seventies. With a supermarket at half way and plenty of pubs there was no need even in those conditions to carry a heavy pack laden with food and drink.

Walking clockwise the first 10 miles were undulating with only local steep bits on the e0dge of the peak district. Views were extensive and very picturesque. There was plenty of variety with woods, streams, fields, villages and moor land walking. Way marking is extensive though inevitably there is the occasional turn devoid of the familiar walk logo on the arrow. This is not a problem as the route description and map on the A2 sheet is excellent and more than adequate to get you round without any route marking. Route descriptions can be out of date even when just published but even though the Alma pub has now been demolished the mention of road names and the map make the route unmistakable. With many interesting sites and vistas described on the leaflet the route is never dull or monotonous.

At Heath five were delayed by a pub and 14 carried on. This was possible due to the group being meet at the start by one of the route creators with an abundance of route leaflets. The leading group of 14 finished 11 hours 37 minutes after starting with the remaining 6 taking 12 hours 5 minutes to complete. A great day out was had by all.

Our thanks to the route organisers and all those helpers who do sterling work behind the scenes all year round maintaining the footpaths with repairs improvements and clearing undergrowth etc.