This category begins in early January 1967 and runs though until February 1969, when the written reports come to an end half way through an exercise book.
Marple Rambing Club was founded in 1967 and Frank was one of the founder members.
The party arrived at Greenfield in good time and, with little loitering, set off on the path alongside the river and then onto the road leading to Dovestones reservoir; here we slowed for a bit to admire the work of the new dam and reservoir.
Then, pressing on, we skirted the reservoir by the new yacht club HQ and then, instead of following the conventional route up to Chew Reservoir, we made our way very approximately up the access path towards Dovestones to Bramley's Cot. This is a steep climb and several members felt the strain, but this effort will no doubt toughen them up for what is to come in Arran.
This was a simple route carried out mainly for the purpose of viewing the new Goyt Reservoir. We arrived at Buxton in dull weather and commenced the long road trek before branching off right to move up a steepish track to open country. At the top of the hill rain started, but did not persist. After donning our rain-proofs we pressed on along the path, dropping gently down to the Goyt stream.
On this path a stop was made for lunch before continuing down to the footbridge and across the road. From here a devious route was followed, roughly parallel with the road, as far as the waterfall, where we stopped for some time to scramble around.
One always builds up great expectations for the summer term, but generally these are disappointing in respect of school rambles. Usually there are so many other activities, fates, etc, that only one or two school expeditions occur between Whit' and summer holidays.
This year was typical with only the Buxton-Whaley Bridge walk, described, but, with the Headmaster's blessing, we were able to undertake a geological trip to Wales to climb from Llyn Ogwen over Tryfan, Bristly Ridge, the Glyders, Llyn Cwn, and down Afon Las to the Llanberis road. This attendance list has been mislaid and will later be added at the end of this record.
This inspection was arranged by Arnold O'Brien for the RA. Our contingent would normally have been much larger but, as the event occurred right at the end of the summer holiday, it was difficult to contact many members. However half the members of the whole group were from our club.
We met the bus at Hazel Grove and, after a pleasant little ride, we disembarked at SJ956672. From this point we walked along the road, thru' Wincle, almost to Dane Bridge. Here we left the road and dropped down to the river bank.
The first outing of the new school year; a large attendance was expected as is usual first time. In fact the party numbered only about twenty due, probably, to a rather unfavourable weather forecast. The name book is still missing so no list of members can be given - at least, no complete list.
Owing to the shooting restrictions we had to plan our route to avoid the restricted areas. Leaving Hayfield Station at about 10.00 hrs, we headed along Kinder Road to the bridge and then ascended Kinder Scout along the path through Tunstead Farm, turning left on reaching open country, and then along the traverse path to reach the edge just before Red Brook.
We did not have a night walk last year and had hoped for two this year, but this has not come about. October is a little late in the year but, as there was a strong demand for a night expedition, decided to lay one on for the October full moon.
The weather forecast for the night was not very good; in general ‘cloudy'. It was the sort of forecast that made one doubtful, but not quite bad enough to warrant cancellation. We hoped for the best. Another small group was seen in Hayfield - we met them again later.