Abbey Stollers' profile

Abbey Stollers

About us

Abbey Strollers started in 1995 from a group of parents who had spent several years watching their sons play football for Abbey Lane Football Club. After their final match at U16 Level the parents decided that they still wanted to meet socially and be active and so it was decided to start a walking club. The group would initially meet on the first Sunday of every month, at some convenient location in Derbyshire.

 On Sunday 7th May 1995 we all met at the Bridge, Calver for our first walk. We had decided that we would meet at 10.00am and try to make all walks about 9miles, thus finishing between 1.00 and 1.30pm, and then retire to a local hostelry for food and drinks. We have contined to do this, doing a different walk every time, and walking every month except August. Faces have changed, some have left or retired, others have joined, but there is a hard core who are still there continuing to walk. We have introduced new things, but have only ever once cancelled a Sunday walk due to bad weather. Sometimes venues have changed, or the mode of transport. When the weather has been snowy or icy the local train has been the answer.

In the summer of 1997 we thought we would try something harder and introduced a challenge walk. This became a regular event each July, where we would walk about 20miles doing such challenges like the 'Edale Skyline', the 'Derwent Watershed' and the 'Kinder Circuit'. That same year we arranged our first weekend break, and had a very enjoyable stay at Hargate Hall near Wormhill. The Christmas socials also started that year. By now we were getting quite adventurous, and in 2000 we hired a bunkhouse in Ribblesdale for two nights, to do the 'Three Peaks'.

By 2002 we had done 100 different walks, and to celebrate we decided to go up to the Lake District and climb Scafell Pike. This time some of us camped, others hired a bunkhouse, but this was to be the start of a regular camp on the May Day weekend. We all became regular campers, and all enjoy it now (I think!), to the extent that we have two regular annual camps, one in the Lake District in May and another one more locally in September.

We continue to meet, walk and there is a great friendship among us. We have now done over 200 walks and probably walked at least 2000miles. We've loved every minute of it, and apart from a few moans about where to stop for coffee, we get on really well. At one point there were about 24 regulars, but now there are about 12 of us regularly walking, with others joining us on occasions.

May we continue to do many more miles!

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