Denton and the Grantham Canal, 9th December 2018

The mulled wine attracted about 30 walkers today for Gail's Christmas Lunch walk from Denton, along the nearby disused mineral railway as far as the Viking Way and then along the canal for the seasonal refreshments at Casthorpe Bridge.  Then it was more canal walking to Denton Wharf and back beside Denton Reservoir.
The start in Denton

The nearby St Andrew's Church dates back to about 1200

View from Longmoor Bridge where the Viking Way crosses the canal
And this is what Roger was photographing

Mulled wine at Casthorpe Bridge
Denton Bridge

Denton Reservoir

Christmas Lunch at Pauls Restaurant, Bottesford

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Sproxton and Saltby, 2nd December 2018

Again a large turnout (25) this week  for Steve's 8½ mile walk from Sproxton, around Saltby Airfield to Sproxton and back, cut slightly short by the adverse weather conditions.
The start in Spoxton village centre

Iron stone quarry - quarrying was carried out at Sproxton from 1925 to 1973

One of many massive banks of straw bales on the site of Saltby Airfield, possibly destined for a biomass power station somewhere

Coffee stop at the RAF Memorial, US and Polish flags in evidence
"Memories of all comrades who served at Saltby Airfield in World War II"

Aircraft from Saltby played an important role in the D-Day landings
  It's now the home of Buckminster Gliding Club

Part of the memorial, plaque of a Douglas C47

Saint Peter's Church, Saltby - lunch stop
We three kings of orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star

Old friends in Saltby

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VBR AGM and annual review

The Vale of Belvoir AGM was held recently.  Here is a brief summary of reports distributed at the meeting and matters arising.

Chairman
  • Chairman and others have attended quarterly Notts Area meetings
  • VBR members have attended Ramblers Roadshow events, GDPR and first aid courses 
  • successful weekend at HF house in Malhamdale, North Yorkshire 
  • weekend away in Derbyshire well supported 
  • current VBR Committee re-elected for another year 
  • Walks Co-ordinator will produce the Summer Programme but needs someone to start taking over the planning of the 2019/20 Winter Programme 

Secretary & Social events
  • skittles evening and lunch party went well 
  • successful Christmas Lunch at Nevile Arms, Kinoulton 
  • Christmas Lunch this year in Bottesford 

Treasurer 
  • now has access to on-line banking 
  • some income from Ramblers Walking Holidays 
  • income from Ramblers HQ only the basic allowance (about £2 per member) 
  • net balance at 30th September increased slightly 
  • we will be charged for paying in by cheque or cash so members are encouraged to pay directly into the VBR bank 
  • largest cost was mileage allowance

Membership Secretary 
  • membership now 110 
  • we continue to attract new members at a steady rate 
  • Membership Secretary (only) now has on-line access to HQ membership details
  • all members contactable by email so can be advised of late changes to Walks Programme etc.
  • we are compliant with GDPR 
  • members are advised to keep their Ramblers Account details up to date so that Area can advise them of publication of Notts Walker 

Publicity Officer 
  • we continue to advertise on the web and on local notice boards 
  • many new members contact us after seeing our walks advertised on free magazines and newsletters
  • website is supported by weekly blog with over 200 routes and photos of walks in East Midlands and Peak District
  • VBR represented on Area Communications Committee

Walks Co-ordinator 
  • Summer and Winter Walks Programmes produced and distributed by post and electronically
  • sixty seven walks in the two programmes, lengths 5 to 12 miles
  • plus five during Weekend Away
  • most popular 8 to 9 mile full-day walks 
  • evening strolls (followed by a pub stop) popular 
  • numbers on walks have increased 
  • numbers of walk leaders also increased, now 22 
  • Weekend Away in 2019 will be at Dolgellau with 33 members and two members have agreed to plan the walks 

Group Footpath Secretary 
  • also Rushcliffe District Coordinator 
  • attends meetings of Area Rights of Way Committee 
  • responsibilities: checking planning applications with reference to their impact on the network of rights of way etc; liaising with NCC, other coordinators, area secretary etc re rights of way 
  • recent local issues: Toot Hill footpath diversion; Bingham housing developments; new bridge over A46; closure of railway crossings

Notts Area Ramblers
  • Area meeting in July discussed GDPR, First Aid courses, Walking for Health, and updated Nottinghamshire Walks book 
  • Ramblers continue to support Walking for Health 
  • January 2019 meeting will be discussing Walks Programme production and best practices 
  • Area AGM is on Sunday 3rd February - VBR members encouraged to go on walks t.b.a. by hosts Gedling 
  • Notts Walker only sent to members with Ramblers HQ email addresses

Health and safety 
  • VBR hosted Area first aid course given by Red Cross
  • attended by 13 Ramblers
  • one safety incident this year and reported to Ramblers and Area 
  • dealt with well but still lessons to be learned/reviewed especially regarding importance of the recce, communication (e.g. between leaders and back markers and when group splits) 
  • also, Committee to review advice on first aid kits 
  • all members and especially leaders encouraged to look at the Ramblers Walk Leader Toolkit

Bothamsall, Rivers Meden and Maun and the Robin Hood Way, 25th November 2018






A magnificent twenty seven on this 7½ mile walk along the Robin Hood Way (mainly) and exploring the valleys of the Rivers Maun and Meden.


Unusual octagonal grain store near start of walk at Haughton Hall Farm 

River Maun on its way from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Mansfield (Maunsfield), Edwinstowe and Ollerton to Elkesley, where it joins the Meden to form the River Idle

The mighty River Meden (in comparison) on its way from Huthwaite, Pleasley Vale and Warsop to Elkesley

An early Christmas treat - reindeer at Haughton Park House Farm.
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Wind pump on Church Lane, Bothamsall

Our Lady and St Peter's Church, Bothamsall


Cottages at western end of Bothamsall

The Rivers Meden and Maun join here for 200 meters before going on separately to Elkesley where they once more combine to form the River Idle

Lunch at Robin Hood's Cave, now just a depression in the sandstone rock face forming the bank of the Maun

The Birds - safely on the other side of the fence


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Woodborough and Epperstone, 21st November 2018

Here is the track of Angela's walk today from Woodborough, through Ploughman Wood nature reserve, towards Lowdham and the outskirts of Epperstone.

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Ticknall to Ingleby, 18th November 2018


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Rab's walk took us from the Village Hall in Ticknall to Foremarke Hall, east to Anchor Cave and Ingleby, with fine views of the Trent, and back to Ticknall through Robin Wood.



Foremarke Hall, a Georgian-Palladian country house and manor house. Completed in 1762, the hall is the current home of the Repton Preparatory School

Coffee stop near Foremarke Hall

Anchor Church, a series of caves in sandstone adjacent to the Trent, thought to have been the cell of an Anchorite hermit, St Hardulph, who lived and prayed here in the 7th century
Inside Anchor Church

Fine view of the Willington cooling towers across the Trent
Robin Wood

Ticknall Tramway, 1802 - 1915
Part of a 12.5 mile network of horse drawn tramways, designed and built by Benjamin Outram, linking Ticknall with the Ashby Canal