2022 Walk Reports

Tuesday 5th April:

There were 23 of us on this morning’s walk from Dronfield Woodhouse and round by Monk Wood, Barlow Lees and Cowley – about 5 miles. A dull but fine day and none of the forecast showers. We are all still getting use to the wide open spaces in the wood since so many of the trees have ben felled.

Plenty of white Wood Anemones around and we saw our first ( and few) bluebells down near Barlow Bridge – where the humble fishing ponds have now become the rather grand sounding Barlow Country Club – though no  changes visible from our viewpoint

Heading back up towards Barlow Lees farm , I noticed an unfamiliar  object in the field and asked for ideas what it might be – suggestions ranged from a sculpture  a horse lick and a confident call for a pheasant feeder.Uncertainty remained so one of the group whipped out a phone and used Google lens to come up with the definitive answer- a Gadfly Trap!!  At 2.2 metres high and 91cm diameter is this the biggest fly trap ever I wonder.

We all felt much better for knowing that useful information and carried on our way back to Dronfield !

David Blackburn

This gadfly trap can be used wherever gadflies are a nuisance: horse paddocks, riding arenas, cowsheds, golf courses, gardens and parks along lakes and river banks, etc.

The  functions as follows: the sun heats the black ball and thus simulates a target for blood-sucking for the gadfly. When the gadfly realises that the attempt is unsuccessful, the insect instinctively flies up and lands inevitably in the trap. This trap  reduces the gadfly presence in the immediate vicinity by up to 95%, and has a maximum effective range of approximately 10,000 m².It stands 2.5m hi

Halls of Holmesfield Walk Report / Saturday 12th February 2022

Thanks to Steve Sadley for this report, and to Po Goddard for the photos:

Walk Leader: Steve Sadler / Backmarker: Peter Carr

There are now 8 Historic Halls in the Parish of Holmesfield and this walk visited 6 of the Halls over a distance of 4.7 miles.

So on a cold and windy morning 23 hardy folk set off from the Village Hall Car Park in Holmesfield to the first Hall – Holmesfield which is set back from the main road just along from the church.

After viewing the Hall and restored barns from the old working farm, we retraced our way back to Park Avenue to walk down through Holmesfield Park Wood onto Fanshaw Gate Lane to our second stop – Woodthorpe Hall. Here we were greeted by a wonderful display of snowdrops indicating that Spring was on it’s way! After a brief stop to view the Hall we turned back up the lane to our third visit – Fanshaw Gate Hall.

From here we climbed back up to the main road on a path that took us to Lydgate Cottage before crossing over to a waymarked path leading to Hall number 4 – Horsleygate Hall. We took a short coffee break part way along this path before descending to Horsleygate Lane adjacent to the Hall.

This was the newer of the 2 Halls at Horsleygate and so our next Hall number 5 was – Horsleygate Old Hall further up the lane, together with the adjacent farm buildings and old cottages known as Horsleygate.

Unfortunately by this point it had started to rain as we headed through the Caravan Park back towards Holmesfield. Feeling rather wet and bedraggled, at a junction of footpaths we turned off to visit our final Hall of the walk – Cartledge Hall. From here it was just a short walk along the road back to the car park.

An enjoyable walk despite the rain and some muddy sections, with some added history, leaving the Halls of Unthank and Cowley for another time. A few of us then reconvened at the Moorlands Pub for a Carvery Lunch to finish off the day!