Wyvern Walkers Programme of Walks

Morning walks between 5 and 6 miles

Details of the forthcoming walks are set out below. As usual, the walks have been arranged on different days of the week.

New walkers are encouraged to join and will be warmly welcomed. The norm is that these walks are circular morning walks with a distance of no more than about 6 miles. We return to the village by lunch time and usually not later than 1.45pm. A modest pace is followed. Any walks which differ from this approach are clearly marked. A mixture of walks has been prepared, all of which start at the Old School in Dore at 9.30am unless otherwise shown. For those walks which involve a car journey to the start of the walk we will organise car sharing on the day.

Please note that everyone joins walks at their own risk as the group does not have its own insurance. Please be sure to wear stout footwear, appropriate clothing and to bring some water.

The telephone number and walk leader is shown for each walk and is the first port of call for any inquiries.


New walkers are warmly welcomed. The walks are circular, around 5-6 miles, nothing too strenuous. We plan to return to the village by lunchtime and any exceptions will be indicated.

One of our most experienced leaders, Philip Hetherington, is moving away and will be sorely missed. Please contact me if you are interested in becoming a leader (only three walks per year) or even an occasional leader.
Whether we start to walk from Dore or whether we drive to the walk, we meet at The Old School, Savage Lane, Dore (where car sharing will be organised) to leave at 9.30 am.

In the event of a severe adverse weather forecast, the walk leader may change or cancel a walk. If you wish to find out if this is likely to happen, please telephone the leader the day before the walk.
I would remind everyone to wear stout footwear, suitable clothing and bring some refreshments. You join our walks at your own risk and are responsible for your own safety as the Group does not have comprehensive insurance.

Friday 18 January
Sue Severs : 0114 2368095
From Ashford in the Water to Churchdale Hall, Monsal Trail, then Little Longstone and Monsal Head, with it's fabulous views. Towards Fin Cop and descending back to Ashford.
5 miles.

Thursday 31 January
Chris Cave : 0114 2364648
Through Whirlowbrook Park, we walk up the Limb Valley to Ringinglow and down Porter Clough to Forge Dam (toilets and refreshments.) We return by way of Castle Dyke and Whirlow Hall Farm.
5.5 miles.

Wednesday 20 February
Stephen Willetts : 0114 2362821
We cross Rivelin Dam, go through the woods to Rod Side, ascending a minor road with fine views. We descend to the A57 and return to Rivelin Dam car park via Wyming Brook Drive.
5 miles.

Saturday 9 March
Godfrey Wilkinson : 0114 2366319 / 07785 280385
An easy/moderate walk starting from The Barrel Inn at Bretton enjoying delightful views over the unspoilt wooded valley of Bretton Clough, where allegedly the last true Britons lived. Lunch opportunities at the Barrel, but prior booking is advised.
5 miles.

Tuesday 26 March
Peter Bower : 0114 2366719
From Hope village to Peakshole Water continuing to Hollins Cross, climbing to Back Tor and Lose Hill, with fantastic views. Descending back to Hope.
6.5 miles. Late finish, Dore approx 2.30 pm.

Friday 12 April
Chris Cave : 0114 2364648
From Monsal Head to Little Longstone. Up Cherpit Lane and over Longstone Moor, with extensive views, to Wardlow. Then down Cressbrook Dale to Cressbrook Mill and along the Monsal Trail to Monsal Head.
7 miles. Late finish, Dore approx 2.30 pm.

Sunday 28 April
David Bearpark : 0114 2369100
One of our favourite walks – to Hathersage and returning by bus. Bring your bus pass! We walk via Houndkirk Moor, Burbage Moor, Carl Wark and Mitchell Field down to Hathersage.
The hourly 272 service leaves Hathersage at 12.47, 13.47, etc. Keen walkers could make this a circular walk by returning along the Derwent to Padley Gorge, Fox House and Blackamoor Plantation, adding a further 5 miles.
5.5 miles. Late finish, Dore approx 2 pm.

Walks leave the Old School, Savage Lane, Dore at 9.30am, unless clearly state


General enquiries to Stephen Willetts 0114 236 2821 or by email to sfwilletts@gmail.com.

The mailing list for these walks has grown longer over the months and clearly it is more time-consuming to post the newsletters, as well as it being a cost to the DVS. After each Newsletter I receive a few more email addresses; and I would again ask any more recipients who have email to let me have an email address as an alternative to receiving hard copy. Please email me at sfwilletts@gmail.com with your email address and in future I will email you rather than write to you. As usual I would ask that you let me know if you no longer wish to be on our mailing list. 

Finally, if you would be interested in leading a walk for us at some stage, do please let me know as we need more leaders so as to be able properly to rotate the leading of walks. 

Please remember that walkers partake at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. 

Final Reminder: For all walks please meet at 9.30am at the Old School unless otherwise stated.
We organise car sharing to take walkers to the starting point so, if possible, please bring your car for those walks. Please remember that walkers partake at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. The group does not have comprehensive insurance. Finally, please be sure to wear stout footwear, suitable clothing and bring some refreshments.

Stephen Willetts - 0114 236 2821