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1st October 2017

Coach Trip to Hathersage

Hathersage is a small village in Peak District National Park lying 10 miles south west of Sheffield.  Charlotte Bronte is known to have stayed at the local vicarage whilst writing Jane Eyre. On route we will pass the Lady Bower Reservoir made famous for its use as the training ground for the Dam Buster squardron.   

Our two coaches will rendezvous at Glossop for a short comfort stop  and then continue together to Hathersage.   Please make sure you join the correct walk and will independent walkers leave details of your names and routes with your courier on the coach and a mobile phone number if available.  “B” walkers leave the coach just after Ladybower Reservoir, the other walks all start from the coach park in Hathersage. 

A Walk     ​​Leader   Anthony Fleetwood​​   12 miles​​   Moderate

From Hathersage head north along Baulk Lane passing through Brookfield Manor and North Lees Hall. Then up through Stanage Plantation onto Stanage Edge continuing north west along the plateau to High Nab and Crow Chin before doubling back along the Sheffield Country Walk. This takes us past the Cowper Stone and on to Upper Burbage Bridge (ice cream available) then carrying on below Burbage Rocks. Then head across Hathersage Moor passing the Bronze Age Carl Wark Fort, north to Higger Tor and then descend into Hathersage. Some strenuous rocky sections.

B Walk                Leader Sue Baxendale​​​   10.5 miles​​   Moderate/Strenous

Leave coach  just before Bamford village (after Ladybower Reservoir) and continue on minor road through village, along Joan Lane and then Hurstclough Lane (odd muddy patch).  Continue up along minor road past Dennis Knoll Woods and then track to finally be on Stanage Edge and some wonderful views (weather permitting). Continue along the edge to trig point, descend to Upper  Burbage Bridge and take track along base of Burbage Edge. Striking out across the moors (hopefully on a footpath) we cross the footbridge and up towards Carl Wark, across Hathersage Moor (what footpath) to find track to Callow, fields to ToothillFarm and down into Hathersage via the church yard to see Little John’s Grave. The majority of the walk is on minor roads, tracks or moorland, not many grassy fields, so quite hard on knees and feet.

C Walk              Leader Carol Higgins​​  8.5 miles​​​​   Moderate

This walk has something for everyone as it takes you through the history books and into the pages of Charlotte Bronte' s novel Jane Eyre and the Robin Hood legend. You can even recreate an 'on location' scene from Pride & Prejudice with some absolutely stunning scenery along the way. Starting from the town centre we head northwards to the aptly named Bronte Cottage before we head west, crossing a small ford via stepping stones, and approach Stanage Edge from Dennis Knoll to take in the breath taking views as we walk east to Higher Tor along the Sheffield Country Walk before returning to Hathersage via Moorseats and Little John's grave. Although the walk has some steep ascents and descents it is easy under foot across well walked valley fields, high moorland paths, woodland paths and tracks and is well worth the effort. There are 2 stiles and a wall stile and  I have a photo of the stepping stones involved.      

D Walk          Leader Roger Haythornthwaite              6 miles                 Fairly easy

From Hathersage, proceed in a northerly direction through Cliff Wood to Birley Farm.  Along a lane take a path to Thorpe Farm, Shawhay Barn and the edge of Sickleholme Golf Course.  Walk across the golf course to Saltergate Lane and turn right onto Station Road, Bamford.  Walk along Water Lane to a Quaker community area then through a field to join the Derwent Valley Heritage Way along the banks of the River Derwent to Leadmill Bridge then tracks to Nether Hall and a lane into Hathersage.

            

Pickup Time for the Return Journey   6.00pm  from the coach park on Odd Fellows Road, opposite the swimming baths and cafe.  On the return journey please do not ask the drivers for extra stops. This can be dangerous and will also make the return journey longer for everyone.

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Clitheroe : York Street

08:05     Whalley : King Street

08:10     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

08:20     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:25     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:30     Accrington : Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box 

08:35     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:40     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:50     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:50     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:55     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

09:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

Burnley Coach

08:00     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:02     Colne : Crown Hotel

08:05     Colne : Library

08:10     Colne : Alkincoates

08:15     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

08:25     Nelson : Bus Station

08:30     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:35     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:40     Burnley : Bus Station

08:40     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

08:45     Padiham : Whitegates

08:50     Padiham : Town Hall