The photographs show the men in their Sunday suits and women in long dresses and hats, all wearing hob-nailed boots, on rambles organised by the Clarion Club, one of the first working class rambling clubs in the country, founded by Ward in 1900. One of the pictures even shows Ward skinny-dipping in a pool near Swain’s Greave, Bleaklow, on one of the early rambles.
The book has been written by Dave Sissons, Terry Howard and Roly Smith, all committed local access campaigners for many years. Ward expert Dave Sissons has managed to link many of the photographs with actual walks as recorded in the famous and now avidly-collected Clarion Club Handbooks, which Ward single-handedly edited for 50 years. Terry Howard, a prominent Sheffield rambler and access campaigner, contributes his personal views of Kinder Scout and the legacy of GHB Ward, and the book is designed by Ann Beedham.
The book also records the leading role in the fight for access to mountain and moorland which Sheffield has played over the years. Editor Roly Smith writes in his introduction that leading national figures, such as John Ruskin and Edward Carpenter, all had strong connections with Sheffield, and the fight for the right to roam.
“We felt it was important that Sheffield’s part in these early access battles should be recorded, especially important now that the city is campaigning to be Britain’s Outdoor City,” explained Roly, who is also president of SYNED.
The book is available from local bookshops and information centres at a price of £7.99 or to Ramblers members only from Terry Howard at a pre-release price of £7 (£5 + £2 postage).
CONSULTATION - Role of Groups
WALKING FESTIVALS 2017
CHESTERFIELD (CNED) RAMBLERS
DEARNE VALLEY and ROTHERHAM RAMBLERS
The Peak District Boundary Walk - 17th June 2017 (see Other Walks page for details)
Chesterfield Ramblers 50th Anniversary Celebrations CEILIDH on May 13th. Contact the group for more information.
A Tribute to Roy Cannon