Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club

Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club


Previous walks include:

Gritstone trail
River Derwent
Manifold Hamps Valley
River Derwent Hike
Chatsworth Park
Christmas Ramble
New Year Ramble
Derbyshire walk
Peak District ramble
Dark Peak
Peak District hiking
Peak District walk


Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club
Manifold and Hamps Valley walk

This is a previous walk by the Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club in South Derbyshire. Please click for details of the next walk or a walking calendar.

On Sunday (19 October 2008) the members of the Sutton rambling club will be enjoying a choice of rambles in the beautiful and refreshing countryside around the Manifold and Hamps Valley areas in the southern part of the White Peak.

There is a choice of either a 9 or 12 mile walk. Both start in the grounds of Ilam Hall (grid ref SK 134509) and follow the "Paradise Walk" to the Boil Holes and take the second footbridge across the River Manifold. The route then passes along the footpath across the fields to the hamlet of Rushley. We then head north from Rushley Bridge past Castern Hall and by the Castern Wood Nature Reserve. There are wonderful views across to the Manifold Valley with rich autumn colours to enjoy. We continue north along the Manifold Circular Walk crossing Larkstone Lane and then taking field paths across to Wetton village, this will be the lunch stop for walkers opting for the 9 mile ramble.

Refreshments available in the village. At this point 4 miles will have been completed. The longer route continues north along the eastern flanks of Wetton Hill and then swings S. W. down a stream valley on to a path over Darfer Ridge leading down to Wetton Mill for the alternative lunch stop(cafe and toilets here). This will be at the six mile point for the longer route.

12 mile route. We take the Manifold trail south down to the footbridge below Thor"s Cave and then head west up a steep path via Ladyside Wood to the village of Grindon. The route is then SSE with alternating track, path and lane with a descent to Lee House in the Hamps Valley for an afternoon tea stop. Our last lap is westwards up the valley of Bredon Brook, crossing the brook and waking SW up the fields to Waterfall village.

Finally we move south down Rocester Lane for several hundred yards and then take field footpath to our destination,the village of Waterhouses. The coach will pick us up at the car park (formerly site of Peak Cycle Hire) near the rear of the Crown pub. Toilet facilities available in the car park (grid ref SK 085501)

9 mile route. This route will head west from Wetton village and descend to the footbridge below Thor's Crag in the Manifold valley. There is then a nice steady walk south along the Manifold/Hamps trail via Weags Bridge and Lea House (tea stop) and then on to the same finishing point in Waterhouses.

The anticipated coach departure time from Waterhouses is 5. 45pm.

As always new members are most welcome and can choose their distance. There is no requirement to pre-book your seat on the coach.

The McEwens coach  leaves the "Staff of Life" pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9. 15 am and Bancroft Lane end, Stockwell Gate (near the Netto supermarket) in Mansfield at 9. 30am.

Please click to see other pick-up points available.

If you would like further information about the club please phone John on 01623 796396 or Diane on 01623 408704 or click for the 2008 programme of walks and previous walks.