The Group has also supported the National Children’s Home Charity ‘Wild Ways Walk’ for many years, and 1992 was the 11th year of marshalling and designing routes in various parts of the county. This support helped to raise in excess of £200,000 during this period for the work of the organisation (and more since that date).
Group membership has grown from 38 in 1977, to around 210 at the present time. Walks on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays are in all parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire and it will be noted from our programme that we also go away for long week ends and mid week breaks twice a year to places such as Devon, the Lake District, Wales, and Northumbria. Members have also tackled the Three Peaks of Yorkshire and walked the Pennine Way in the past. Holidays are usually spent in faraway places and reports of members lying on beaches are rare.
Social events introduced into our programme include talks and slide shows on Friday evenings, once a month in winter on some aspect of walking or wildlife, and these have proved very popular.
Originally, our Walks Programme was on a photocopied piece of paper handed around. Nowadays, we produce a handy programme twice a year for Sunday walks, which is widely circulated, as well as this, Wednesday and Friday walks can be found on our web site on the Internet, which has proved a useful innovation in attracting people from outside the area, sometimes on holiday in Derbyshire and seeking a walk.