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.


The walks include the Dore Festival Programme and, as usual, are held on different days of the week for maximum flexibility. 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.

Thursday 17 May
Stephen Willetts : 0114 2362821
Wyming Brook, Ash Cabin, the Conduit and Rivelin.
4.5 miles

Wednesday 6 June
David Bearpark : 0114 2369100
Starting from Ashford-in-the-Water, we walk over the fields to Monsal Head, then down the valley and alongside the River Wye, returning via Great Shacklow Wood.
About 6 miles late finish. Lunch in Ashford?

Monday 25 June
Chris Cave : 0114 2364648
From Grindleford Station (now a pay & display car park) we will go through Oxhay Wood to Scraperlow and then on to Hathersage via Mitchell Fields, Toothill and Camp Green. We return to Grindleford along the River Derwent.
6.5 miles late finish, Dore 2pm

Saturday 30 June
Keith Shaw : 0114 2363598

Distance approximately 12 miles.

Departing at 9:30am.

Start and finish at Whirlow Bridge, Hathersage Road.


Estimated times of departure from points along the way for joining and leaving the walk are:

Whirlow Bridge: 9:30am.

Limb Bridge, Limb Brook, Abbeydale Road opposite Summerhouse: 10:05am.

Abbeydale Road – Grove Road junction: 10:30am.

Farnova stables, Shorts Lane: 11:10am.

Lenny Hill seating area: 11:35am.

Stoney Ridge car park, Hathersage Road: 12:10pm.

Lunch on Houndkirk Moor: 12:35pm to 1:10pm.

Upper Burbage Bridge: 2:05pm.

Houndkirk Road - Limb Brook junction: 3:05pm.

Whirlow Bridge – arrive at about: 3:50pm.

If there’s no-one here up to these times then it’s because we are running late and haven’t arrived yet. Phone 07778 422 910 on the day if you need information.

Sunday 8 July
Stephen Willetts : 0114 2362821
A Dore Festival family friendly walk, exploring Big Moor and discovering bronze age stone circles, burial cairns and the Victorian and Edwardian reservoirs.
About 5 miles.

Friday 13 July
Sue Lee : 0114 2745844 and David Jones : 0114 2367405
The Dore Festival Demonstration Health Walk.
Meet on the Village Green, Savage Lane, at 10.20 to start walking at 10.30 am.
Ryecroft Glen, Ecclesall Woods and Limb Lane finishing at Dore Methodist Church Hall for refreshments. Unfortunately, this route is not suitable for wheelchair users and may be difficult for buggies.
2.5 miles.

Tuesday 17 July
Peter Bower : 0114 2366719
Starting at Tideswell Dale car park (toilets, pay & display) walking south to Litton Mill and then along a path with fine views across Cressbrook Dale to reach Litton Village, and return.
5 miles late finish, Dore 2 pm.

Sunday 5 August
Roger and Beverly Drew : 07588 833585
A circular walk around Castleton.
5 miles late finish, Dore 2 pm.

Friday 24 August
Godfrey Wilkinson : 0114 2366319
From Fairholmes at Ladybower, we climb steadily towards Lockerbrook Outdoor Centre and continue through quiet forest glades, enjoying open spectacular views. We return via the western bank of the reservoir
6 miles late finish, Dore 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