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11.11.2018: Please be aware that there is a Remembrance Day Parade which may affect your journey to the Sidings at Mansfield Woodhouse. It usually starts from Yeoman Hill Park at 10am and may affect the areas of Debdale Lane, York Street and Welbeck Road from approx. 9.45am.

We now have a page on Facebook for InStep members.  Anyone wanting to post a comment or photo should search for Mansfield InStep walking group on Facebook and ask to be added to the group.

New Walk Leaders: we are actively recruiting new walk leaders. A full days training will be given which is free of charge. This is a voluntary role. You are not expected to attend all walks, or even lead walks if you are not so inclined. The more leaders there are the less onerous the task becomes, and you will be given plenty of support from within the group. Have a word with Dave Perry or any of the walk leaders if you think you might be interested. Also if you woud be interested in arranging a holiday or outing we would love to hear from you.

26.09.18: Foragers said goodbye in their own inimitable fashion with a beautiful route through the forests of Vicar water, followed by a picnic lunch with a marquee erected near the 'hand'. Thank you to Christine and Colin, and to their band of helpers for the pastoral care and years of wonderful walks. You have been an inspiration to us all.


Coming Events:- 

27.11.2018 Trip to Chester Christmas Market: Cost is £12pp and we will require payment at the time of booking. We leave as usual from the Sidings at Mansfield Woodhouse prompt at 8am, and plan to leave Chester around 5pm. There is an option to join the coach at Butler's Garage if you live in Kirkby, which will need to be arranged with Pam or Jaci. Anyone interested please see Jaci or Pam on one of the walks. 

17.12.2018 Instep Christmas Lunch: This is to be held again at South Forest, beginning at 1pm. Bookings are now open. The cost is £17 pp and tickets can be obtained from Pam or Jaci - contact via this websites 'contacts page' is possible if you are not still walking with us - we welcome old friends. Food choices can be made on the day, but the options of fresh fruit salad or cheese and biscuits will need to be booked in advance.

Recent Events:-

15.05.2018 InStep Coach Trip to Stratford upon Avon. 41 of us enjoyed a lovely sunny day in Stratford-Upon-Avon. There was plenty to do including a lovely walk along the river, a visit to Ann Hathaway's cottage, the Butterfly Farm, a walk around the town with the lovely old buildings, a boat ride on the river and plenty of places to eat and drink.   The quiz made an impressive £88 so thanks to everyone involved.


22.01.2018 AGM. Election of officers: Chairman, Dave Perry; Vice Chair, Sheelagh Holland; Treasurer, Lesley Perry; Secretary, Jo Scanlon. Minutes of the meeting may be requested through the secretary.

18.12.2017 Instep Christmas Lunch: The sun shone through the windows of South Forest as we enjoyed a good Christmas lunch in the presence of a few new and welcome faces, and some friends of many years. Great food and company made only possible by your support. Thanks to raffle ticket sellers, raffle ticket buyers, raffle organisers, and an especially warm thank you to Marlene who has orchestrated this event for many years and is preparing to enjoy it in future as a guest.


The raffle made £369 - thank you all!

28.11.2017 Coach Trip to York: Christmas Market in York on a cold but bright day was an atmospheric setting in which to begin seasonal celebrations for 2017. A short walk along the riverside then into the heart of the city with the market places and wider streets filled with illuminated stalls with a tempting range of goods, food and drinks! The Shambles and mediaeval passages, with their smaller shops , also shone with an amazing variety of appealing attractions, interspersed with enticing eating venues.


We walkers enjoy exploring, this time not the countryside, but York's rich heritage townscape, dominated by the wonderful Minster. Some descended to the Roman foundations in the museum beneath the cathedral nave, others visited Vikings in the Yorvik Museum or the life of Victorians in the Castle Museum. Victorians and their successors also worked hard , revealed in the splendours of the steam locomotives in the Railway Museum, including Mallard.

Fortunately York has the Postern Gate Weatherspoons conveniently located near the coach park so a good meeting point before departure. (NB: a postern is a secondary gate in a fortification in a city wall. This allowed the occupants to come and go inconspicuously.)

Thanks to all on the trip for always being on time, and for supporting the raffle so generously, and most of all to Pam and Jaci for the planning, organisation and seasonal attire!

23.05.2017 Bridlington and Bempton Cliffs: A trio of destinations on a sunny warm day by the sea. Various options were provided, and the first group alighted on the promenade for a relaxing exploration of the coastal resort. The coach then went on to Flamborough lighthouse so the real walkers could follow the magnificent coastal path back to Brid. (or finish the walk on the Dotto train to reach refreshments earlier). The remaining 29 continued to the RSPB Bempton reserve on the top of the 300' high chalk cliffs. There we saw puffins, razorbills, kittiwake, gannets, and guillemots nesting above their fishing grounds. The specially constructed viewpoints provide a variety of angles onto the nesting sites and the Rangers focussed their telescopes to give close ups of requested birds, with helpful descriptions. Watching their wheeling flights above the sea at high tide was backed by the impressive views along the cliffs and the smell of rotting fish! Two hours were spent there before being dropped back in Bridlington for fish and chips (so much better by the seaside). Thanks for David P for booking us into Bempton, Pam and Jaci for organising such an interesting and varied trip, and all participants for helping boost InStep funds with the £74 proceeds from the raffle. The weather was beautiful and you could not have wished for a better day out.


Answers to the Calender Quiz:-  Top front page - Pleasley Circular.  Bottom front page - Cuckney.  January - King's Mill.  February - Hardwick.  March - Pleasley Circular.  April - Annesley.  May - Cuckney.  June - Kirkby Parks.  July - Woodhouse Trail.  August - Sherwood Forest.   September - Whaley Thorns.  October - Brierley Park. November - Bestwood.  December - Felley

Foragers Trip to Whitby: A number of us joined the Foragers on their trip to Whitby on Tuesday 14th March;  thanks to Christine, Colin, Alex, Jan and Co for inviting us to join them. We had a lovely day; several decided to go straight to Whitby for the day, some left the coach to do a short walk, the majority walked from Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby along the cinder track, and five of us (the foolhardy ones) walked the coastal path.  The sun shone for us and we couldn't have hoped for better weather.  After doing our own thing most of us met up at the pub before boarding the coach for home.

23.01.2017 InStep AGM: This was held at the Rufford. Pam was re-elected for her second term of office as Chairman; Dave Perry Vice Chairman; Jo Scanlon Secretary; Lesley Perry Treasurer. Thanks were given to the officers stepping down - Alec Seels who had very kindly supported Pam in the position of Vice Chairman for a year, but had no interest in proceeding to the chair;  Jaci Sanders who gave us two years as secretary under the most difficult circumstances; and sadly Andy, who had served as our impeccable and steady handed treasurer since the groups inception. Anyone requiring a copy of the mnutes please contact the secretary through the contact page on the web-site, and they will be emailed to you when they become available.

15.12.2016 Instep Christmas Lunch at South Forest: The Christmas meal was a great success, thanks to the staff at South Forest.  Alan recited a very amusing rendition of the old Stanley Holloway classic Albert and the Lion - thanks Alan, and as you will see by the photo's, it was rounded off by some energetic dancing by some of our members.  Thanks very much to Marlene for all her hard work (and probably sleepless nights) in organising it.  Also, thanks to Jaci, Sheelagh, Pam, Alex and helpers for organising and running the raffle which made the amazing amount of £470 for InStep funds.  And last but not least, a big thanks to the extremely generous members who donated the prizes and purchased raffle tickets.  Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

22.11.16: Coach trip to Leeds: Magnificent Victorian buildings housed an interesting variety of shopping opportunities: the traditional market hall and its neighbouring fish stalls, the old Corn Exchange, with specialised crafts and small workshops beneath the glass ceiling of the Rotunda.  More splendid iron and glass for the rooves on the grand arcades and their luxury shops, with elegant Christmas decorations.  The goal of the German market in Millennium Square revived with gluh wein, or a seat on the carousel.  Even the Royal Armouries provided sparkle from the glinting of swords and armour in the Hall of Steel and on the life sized models. The Lamb provided an ideal “waiting room” for the journey home; thanks to everyone for being so prompt, and to our two Santas, Pam and Jaci, for the brilliant organisation.

2.09.2016 Fashion Show: Our coffers were increased by an astonishing £372 (including raffle), and in spite of serving substantial nibbles. Pam and Jaci were the heroines of the night, plus of course our beautiful models and helpers. Thanks too to SOS Charity fashions, and the Pleasley Miners Welfare for the use of their premises. It was a really fun night with great cameraderie, and not a few wardrobes replenished.


12.07.2016 Coach trip to Scarborough: Thankfully, the weather stayed fine for us on this trip. There were many attractions, including Scarborough Castle and the nearby church with Anne Bronte's grave.  At the North bay was Peaseholme Park and the South Bay had the Spa and if you were feeling energetic you could climb up to the South cliffs which gave a breathtaking view of the bay.  3 trams (which were, incidentally, made by Nevills of Kirkby) enabled the less energetic to go up to town or the cliffs without having to climb.  Some of our seafaring walkers went on the Pirate ship, named the Hispaniola after the ship in Peter Pan, for a trip out to sea. Many of us drifted towards the pub for the last hour and one of our braver members gave us a couple of songs on the karaoke. At the end of the day everyone said they had enjoyed the trip.  

10.05.2016 Coach trip to Rudyard Lake and Leek: Lake Rudyard was built as a canal reservoir at the end of C18th but became a popular destination for day trippers during the Victorian era after the building of a railway along its eastern bank, with elegant houses along the opposite shore, and The Rudyard Hotel at the dam end.  Thanks to Colin Johnson for guiding us round the perimeter, through the woods and fields full of spring colour (see photos) then back along the former rail track, now with its miniature version. After this 4.5 mile walk we were fortified by the carvery at the hotel before braving the drizzle in Leek. Large former mills and three storey houses reveal its past as a silk weaving town, with the museum giving more details as well as being a dry refuge. Some found shelter in the charity shops, then many in The Roebuck, a half-timbered C17th inn.  Thanks to Pam and Jaci for organising such an interesting day.

18.04.2016 Our 5 day coach holiday in Worthing started as usual with Nova Coaches forgetting to send a taxi for one participant (Peter H this time), so rather a slow start. After that no hold ups on the journey, and we were all glad to arrive at the Chatsworth Hotel which was pleasantly situated facing a green and very near the sea. This is a really well run family hotel with good food and amenities. The sun was gracious and shone most of the time although a rather brisk wind reminded us it was April. On Tuesday we were taken to Brighton with time to explore the Lanes and Pavillion. Others spread their wings and got to Arundel Castle, or arranged their own walks. Wednesday saw us on an outing to the delightful town of Chichester where a redoubtable and characterful woman took us on a guided tour before time for shopping, munching or culture as inclined. On the way back Marlene had arranged a visit to the Church of the Holy Martyrs in Goring where there is a replica painting of the ceiling of the Cistene Chapel. This was done in the 70's by a local painter and decorator over 5 years after obtaining permission from the Vatican, and is the only such replica in the world. Well worth the stop off. Festivities that night ended when unfortunately Irene was taken to hospital after an awkward fall which resulted in her being returned to us the next day with 2 plastered arms. We all wish you a speedy recovery Irene. Time out on Thursday so more walking, visits to Lancing College etc. There really is a lot to do in the area with good and frequent bus links. Thanks to Marlene for yet another splendid trip and introducing some of us to this area of Sussex





26.02.16 InStep AGM: After 6 happy and successful years Sheelagh stood down as our Chairman and Pam was elected.

Sheelagh was presented with flowers, a theatre ticket, and Kindle Paper White in recognition of her sterling contribution to our continued development. We wish Pam every success in her new role.

Minutes of the AGM are available from the secretary.




21.12.2015 Christmas Lunch at South Forest: thoroughly enjoyed. Good food, good company. Thanks to Marlene, Sheelagh, Jaci and Pam, all other helpers, the staff at South Forest, plus your very good selves for your wonderful support and being such convivial guests.

24.11.2016  Day Trip to Birmingham Christmas Market:  the colourful stalls were appreciated with the help of gluhwein then the city explored, guided by the panorama from the viewing terrace of the new library.  Gas Street canal basin, Grand Central above the station and the Bullring proved popular, though evacuation of the museum (suspicious package), meant the Staffordshire Hoard was still hidden.  Thanks to Jaci and Pam for another well organised day, including quiz and raffle, & with your help, funds boosted. 


30.10.2015 Instep Barn Dance. Christine was as always an excellent caller suported by her swinging band which had us up dancing all night. The fish and chips went down well, especially the mushy peas! A good time was had by all and our thanks go to Marlene and her band of helpers for organising it, and thanks also for your donations and support for the raffle.

08.09.2015 Day Trip to Harrogate:    The Victorian buildings of the spa town enabled clients to "take the waters", but fortunately for us walking was also seen then as of great benefit to health.  The paths through the Valley Gardens and pinewoods provided a smooth walk up to Harlow Carr.  Some explored the RHS gardens whilst the energetic group continued to the rocky valley of Birk Crag, with its stunning views of the Dales.  (Participants decided the route would be classified as "Strenuous" if in our brochure.)  Others strolled round the town, in the "Kursaal" with its wonderfully restored indoor ambulatory, or into the Winter Gardens - now Wetherspoons.  Here it was Tuesday, so Steak Day, a real contrast to tea at Betty's.  A big thank you to our flower power duo, Jaci and Pam, for arranging the trip and entertaining us with quiz and raffle, to Colin for leading the walk, and for all participants in supporting the trip and being so prompt in returning to the coach.  Proceeds for InStep funds totalled £220.

02.07.2015 Greenwood Award Ceremony: A very English evening when the beautiful setting of Rufford Park was only slightly marred by the threatening clouds that had us scuttling in and out of the big marquee set up for the occasion. Inspirational as always to hear of the range and dedication of volunteers in the Greenwood Forum who work to preserve and improve our countryside, and especially the encouragement given to young volunteers. Our highlight of course was seeing Sheelagh receive her special recognition award, magnificently deserved and so adroitly previously avoided!

23.06.2015 Instep Coach trip to Cambridge:   A very enjoyable trip with a variety of activities: colleges and museums to visit, hop on/ hop off bus or punts to ride/ walks to Grantchester or the Botanic Gardens plus shopping in boutiques or stores.  Thanks to the organisation and watchful canes of our two Mistresses, Pam and Jaci, all went smoothly. Thanks also to those who contributed raffle prizes; the total raised for InStep funds by the trip was £158.

June 1st-5th InStep Coach Holiday to Bideford: hearing it was excellent, some photos now on site.

25.03.2015: We sadly said goodbye to former walk leader and dear friend to many of us, John Sanders at a beautiful and uplifting service to celebrate his life at Annesley Methodist Church. Our thoughts and condolences are with Jaci and her family.

01.03.2015:   Mansfield InStep became an independent health walking group with responsibility for its own governance and insurance.  Changes in the accreditation process for the Walking for Health scheme meant we were no longer able to satisfy their new criteria.  However we shall continue to provide three free walks per week of 4.6 to 6 miles, lasting about two hours.  We remain committed to our aim of maintaining or improving the physical and mental health of our walkers.

10.02.2015: The funeral of former walk leader Madeline Cox was held at Warsop Parich Church. Many walkers from Foragers and InStep were there to pay their respects at a simple but inspiring service, as were many of her friends and associates from the world of astronomy.