Welcome to The Group
Who are the Chesterfield Young Ramblers?
Put simply, we are a friendly group of people who enjoy walking around the Peak District and Chesterfield area. We are a relaxed and informal group who want to combine walking with other activities including social events and weekends away. Our goal is to offer a wide range of walks and events that best suits all of our members.
The term ‘young ramblers’ is used very generally. We provide walks at times that suit people of ‘working age ‘e.g. weekends, and summer evenings. We have a few members in their early 20’s or younger but all ages are more than welcome to join our walks.
What gear do I need?
- A sturdy and comfortable pair of walking boots and socks are essential for ankle support and blisters
- A comfortable pair of walking trousers
- Waterproofs are highly recommended especially in the winter and if you are really keen, a pair of waterproof pull over trousers
- A rucksack to carry extra layers, waterproofs, a drink and your lunch
- Gaitors are a good way to keep your walking trousers clean and dry and also give you that true rambler look.
Why join Chesterfield Young Ramblers?
Most people join, primarily because they enjoy walking, and in Chesterfield, we are very lucky to have the Peak District so close. Walking helps to burn calories, helps improve our knowledge of the area, and provides excellent opportunities for socialising, meeting new people and making new friends. Walking is also a very good way of dusting of the stresses and strains built up in the week.
If you have been stuck in the office all week then nothing beats blowing the cobwebs off up Kinder Scout or along Ladybower! It’s also good to get involved with the group and when you have found you feet, we are always looking for new walk leaders.
About our walks?
Our walks are usually between 7 to 10 miles and we do occasionally do longer ones for the members that like to stretch their legs a bit more. We are not a ‘fast’ walking group. We walk at a leisurely pace and always go as fast as the slowest walker, on average, 5 miles will take us about 2 hours, including stops. However, obviously walking along flat country lanes will be quicker than walking through muddy fields and up steep inclines. We usually have a lunch stop so bring along some sandwiches, we sometimes stop at a pub/cafe half way round. Always check the walk details beforehand. In the summer we run a programme of midweek walks, usually on a Wednesday. These are between 3.5 and 4.5 miles and take place between 7 and 9pm with a pub stop afterwards. Our walks are led by experienced walk leaders so you can relax and enjoy your time with the group.