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THIS MONTH'S WALKS AND EVENTS

FEBRUARY 2018

DOGS MUST BE ON LEADS AT ALL TIME UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED BY THE WALK LEADER


TUESDAY 6th February - Hillsborough Park, Scraithe Wood, Wardsend, Parkwood Springs, Scraithe Wood Circular.
MEET: At Poundland, High Street at 9.40 to catch the 10.10 yellow route tram to Hillsborough, where the walk will start at 10.40.
ROUTE: Hillsborough Park, scraithe Wood, Wardsend, Parkswood Springs, back to Scraithe Wood and on to Hillsborough Park.
DISTANCE: 5 miles.
TERRAIN: Good tracks - muddy in places. No stiles but two short ascents.
LEADER: David (07554143262 on the day only). Please contact Norman if you wish to go on this walk 0114 2686339. Car drivers there is a park and Ride at Hillsborough (2£ for 4 hours)


WEDNESDAY 14th FEBRUARY - DORE STATION TO MEERSBROOK PARK AND LONDON ROAD
MEET: Poundland High Street at 9.25 to catch the 9.48am no 97 bus to Dore and Totley Station, where the walk will start at 10.25.
ROUTE: Ladies Spring Wood, Beauchief Abbey, Chancet Wood, Graves Park, Gleadless Valley, Meersbrook Park and finishing on London Road. There are plenty of buses back to the city centre.
DISTANCE: 7 miles.
TERRAIN: Mostly good paths and tracks but beware this is quite a hilly walk, muddy at this time of year.
LEADER: Chris Hewitt (07779280367 on the day). Please contact Chris by Friday 9th February if you wish to join this walk, 0114 2366685 or hewitt.c4@sky.com


THURSDAY 22nd February - ALONG THE CROMFORD CANAL Nr Matlock
MEET: Poundland High Street at 9.10 to catch the 9.17 bus to Dore and Totley Station, where car drivers will be waiting with transport at 9.50 to take members to Cromford Canal, beyond Matlock where the walk will start at 10.40.
ROUTE: Along the canal towpath through beautiful countryside, starting at the canal terminus in Cromford. As this is a "there and back" walk, the walk will end at the terminus cafe where we can relax and enjoy a cuppa.
DISTANCE: To be decided by members on the day.
TERRAIN: Canal paths.
LEADER: Mike Jackson. PLEASE NOTE, This is an opportunity to enjoy a walk well beyond the reach of public transport. However, it is important that everyone intending to travel by bus to Dore and Totley Station notifies John Bater 0114 2334080 well in advance, to enable us to ensure that we have enough car spaces available. Car drivers, Drive on the A6 through Matlock and Matlock Bath to Cromford, where turn left at the traffic lights into Mill Road. Ignore the first car park on the right and drive on a short distance to the "Pay and Display" Cromford Canal Car Park which is clearly marked on the right (there is also a large car park on the left shortly beforehand).


SUNDAY 25th February - HATHERSAGE CIRCULAR ...
MEET: Sheffield Interchange at 9.00 to catch the 9.20 no 272 bus to Hathersage where the walk will start at 10.00.
ROUTE: Birley Farm, Thorpe Farm, the golf course, Hurstclough Lane, Green's House and North Lees before returning to Hathersage. Buses back to Sheffield 47 minutes past each hour, also train connections.
DISTANCE: 6 miles.
TERRAIN: Paths and lanes across fields and through woods, probably muddy in places with minimal road walking and some uphill sections.
LEADER: Mike Wilson (0753 8001933).
Please contact John if you wish to join this walk tel 0114 2334080 mobile 07816089059.


TUESDAY 6th March - WALK WITH BETSY ...
MEET: Poundland, Arundal Gate at 9.45 to catch the 10.13 no 97 bus to Millhouses Park where the walk will start at 10.50.
ROUTE: Millhouses Park, Ecclesall Woods, where we will follow the easy trails back to the park.
DISTANCE: 3 miles.
TERRAIN: Easy going tracks, members may wish to have lunch in the cafe or if bringing their own, sit outside on the tables and chairs.
LEADER: David (07554143262 on the day) and Norman.
Please contact Norman if you wish to join this walk 0114 2686339.


MEMBERS LEAVING ANY WALKS EARLY PLEASE LET THE LEADER OR BACK MARKER KNOW


WALKING HOLIDAY SEPTEMBER 2018 - 5 NIGHTS DINNER BED AND BREAKFAST...

Shropshire has taken the vote for the place we want to walk in next year. I have a number of hotels in mind and they are holding 30 places until November. I have already had 10 people speak to me and confirm they want their name to be put on the list for next year. If you were on the holiday this year and have not spoken to me since confirming you want to go away next year please contact me as soon as possible please. Priority will be given to Visually Impaired walkers, then the guides.

The average cost will be about £75 per person per night Dinner Bed and Breakfast with a maximum of £400 for 5 nights, as always single rooms are at a premium and may have a small extra charge. Transport will be provided, once I have all the names, and I know which hotel we shall be using, I will let you have the details.

CONTACT Hilary on 0114 2306604 e-mail hilarymyers16@gmail.com



HOLIDAYS FOR VIP's AND SIGHTED GUIDES... Traveleyes is a holiday company who specialise in holidays for Blind people and Sighted guides. They do short City breaks and World Wide Travel. Sighted guides can get a discount of up to 50 percent. For further information call 0113 8874275 or visit their web site traveleyes-international.com

MAIN WALKS CONTACTS: Christine Hewitt (Chair) - 0114 2366685 hewitt.c4@sky.com and John Bater (Walks Organiser) - 0114 233 4080 or 07816089059

Please note that anyone intends to come on any off the walks, you must contact John Bater above (except for Wednesday walks when you should contact Christine Hewitt on 0114 2366685 or hewitt.c4@sky.com. Walks are suitable for dogs (on leads) unless otherwise stated.

IMPORTANT!! It is advisable to bring a waterproof jacket and wear walking boots (if you have them) when you come out with the group.

DOGS ON WALKS...
This is by way of a reminder to everyone about how we should be taking care of dogs on walks. There was an incident on a walk recently where a Guide dog went missing and it took some time and a lot of retracing of steps to find her again. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE LOSING GUIDE DOGS!!!! So - let us just remind ourselves of the rules governing dogs on walks. Firstly, it is up to the leader to say when dogs can be let off the lead. In making their decision leaders will be bearing in mind that dogs should not be off the lead near roads, anywhere where there are livestock, either in the field we are in or adjacent fields. Nor should dogs be off the lead if we are walking on a narrow path where dogs running up and down the line of walkers runs the risk of knocking people over, especially if they pick up a stick in their mouths as some of them are prone to do. Once the leader has said that dogs may be let off the lead it is up to the guide dog owner to release their own dog but they must make sure that a sighted guide takes responsibility for keeping an eye on the dog. If the sighted guide is you - then YOU DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE DOG. Ask the guide dog owner to call the dog back the minute you spot a possible problem and let's be sensible about playing with the dogs. This can just get them over excited and distracts their attention from their owner as well as the potential danger of dogs chasing up and down the line of walkers. Please do not throw sticks, dogs get splinters in their mouths which can be quite dangerous. Finally - remember that dogs must be on leads for coffee and lunch stops. Christine

Please send articles for Newsletter to gail.fagan@guidemail.co.uk Tel; 0114 2667764.


!!! REMINDER!!! PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL WEDNESDAY WALKS

VIPs and Guides need to Contact Christine Hewitt 0114 236 6685 or
hewitt.c4@sky.com by tea time on the Friday before the walk AT THE LATEST if they intend to walk. This gives her time to ensure that there are enough guides available for the VIPs. Leave a message if she isnít in. For ALL other walks you need to contact John Bater.

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OTHER EVENTS

CALVERT TRUST Activity Centre in the Lake District - for people with disabilities have contacted me to enquire if any of our members would be interested. They offer a wide range of activities and include training i.e. canoeing, sailing, cycling, climbing plus indoor activities. Accommodation provided with full board or self-catering. Anyone interested to please contact me for further information. Thanks, Eric. CONTACT - Eric Andrews: Tel. 0114 229 9504 or email:ericandrews2009@guidemail.co.uk

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