"I have always enjoyed the great outdoors and it seemed logical to join Ramblers to support their footpath and countryside access work. I have learned a lot about my local area and made many good friends along the way. Encroaching age and dodgy hips and knees mean that I can no longer walk the distances I once did. However, I have many fond memories to look back on, and when I join Julia Bradbury on some of her TV walks I can truthfully say. "Been there, done that - and in some cases even got the T-shirt!"
(Janet is being too modest about her achievements - she has been a stalwart member for many years. She was previously secretary of Newark Ramblers and has also served on Area Council as Membership Secretary. And that's a great photo of her with her late husband, Geoff, on a bluebell walk in Derbyshire!)
Why did you join Ramblers? I was encouraged to join by friends
How long have you been a member? More than thirty years
Where is your favourite walking destination? Without doubt, the Yorkshire Dales
If you could walk anywhere in the world, where would you choose? Many moons ago I lived in New Zealand for three years, so I would like to walk there
What is your most memorable walk? Bridge of Balgie in Glen Lyon, Scotland. We had been to the Ben Lawers Visitor Centre and then on to the small hamlet of Bridge of Balgie where we saw scores of red squirrels running around, not a care in the world. Magical
What is your most treasured piece of walking kit? My Lifeventure flask. It goes everywhere with me
Have you ever got lost on a walk? No, because my husband always did the navigating!
Who would be your ideal walking companion(s)? Richard Osman from "Pointless". He is a mine of information and very witty
How do you relax? Reading Whodunnits and crosswords and quizzes
What is your favourite meal? Traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Baileys in my coffee
What music would you like played at your funeral? "Morning Has Broken" and "Amazing Grace"
Sum up your personality in three words Could do better
Ramblers members plus their friends and families are invited to come along to a Members' Day event at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford on Saturday 6th August.
There will be a choice of three walk distances plus competitions and children's activities.
WALK 1 is approximately 7 miles and goes around the reserve and the lake area. WALK 2 is approximately 5.5 miles and goes around the reserve only. WALK 3 is approximately 1.5 miles and goes around the lake (ideal for families with younger children). Walks 1 & 2 will start at 10.30am and be accompanied by Reserve Wardens who will answer questions about the Reserve as we walk. Walk 3 is self-guided.
We have two 2016 OS Explorer Maps and other prizes to be won.
There are plenty of things for children to do at the reserve with their own play area and exploration areas. Children also have the chance to go on a bug hunt and do some plaque rubbings – kits are free but they MUST be ordered in advance from Judith on 01777 838 763 as numbers are limited.
Packed lunches (vegetarian or meat) can be ordered at £5 – book these through Judith as above.
The Visitor Centre will be open throughout the day from 10am selling drinks and refreshments.
Parking at the Reserve is free but there is a voluntary car park charge scheme – please consider paying £1.50.
Full details are available on the Ramblers Walksfinder or by clicking HERE.
Keith currently spends most of his time volunteering for the Ramblers but he is also a Governor for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust. In the past, he was a factory supervisor for most of his working life but also worked for LTSB and has been a barman and a bus conductor. For many years, he was involved in amateur dramatics and had a couple of years trying to earn a living from acting. He has a first class honours degree and a PGCE.
Why did you join Ramblers? I've always enjoyed walking but always walked alone. When I took early retirement, I decided to start exploring a little further afield than my usual stomping grounds so the Ramblers seemed a good way to find new places to walk.
How long have you been a member? 8 years.
What is your most memorable walk? A walk/scramble up Crowden Clough and on to Kinder Scout. Aged 60, it was the first time I had been on to Kinder Scout and the weather was superb. There's a cover picture of me at the top of Crowden Clough on my Facebook page looking very pleased with myself.
Where is your favourite walking destination? On the moors above Hope Valley. I get out there whenever I can.
Have you ever got lost on a walk? Of course! But never when I'm leading, though. When I first started leading walks for the Ramblers, I used to get lost quite frequently when out on recces but that doesn't happen very often these days. Probably a good job as I now lead around 50 walks a year for Mansfield & Sherwood Ramblers plus walks for Walking for Health and other Groups.
What is your most treasured piece of walking kit? My Boots. Without them there simply isn't any walking!
Who would be your ideal walking companion? Good question. Funnily enough, I only ever used to walk alone before I joined the Ramblers. Now, I treasure those few chances that I get when I'm not doing a recce with someone, or leading a walk, to get out and walk on my own.
How do you relax? Watching Opera, Ballet and Theatre but I don't get as much as I would like. By the time people get to read this, I will have spent a week at the Royal Centre, Nottingham watching Opera North's version of Wagner's Ring Cycle – an event for which I bought tickets over a year ago!
What is your favourite meal? Curry. One of my indulgent pleasures is to cook curry from scratch, preparing my own spices mix, etc.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? I watch almost no television and yet I am completely hooked on The Good Wife. I have watched every single episode of every series since it started. I usually catch up episodes on ALL4 as I rarely get up-to-date enough to watch it aired at its scheduled time.
What music would you like played at your funeral? Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending as my body is buried in a cardboard box under a newly-planted tree.
Sum up your personality in three words Resilient – good-humoured – generous
Chesterfield Area Walking Festival from 12th to 20th May - Click Here
Ramblers Walk About Festival 26th May - 3rd June
And for those of you who prefer canals, look out for details of a Walking Festival being planned for later in the year. The Festival will run from 15th to 23rd September with over 30 different walks taking place along the entire length of the Chesterfield Canal - more details when available.