- Welcome to the Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society.
We are an active group who, apart from walking the local footpaths and bridleways, report any damaged stiles or gates to the landowners som they may be fixed, and we generally have a pair of secateurs to trim any wayward twigs. We love our walks, and encourage new walkers to join us. Membership is just £5 per year.
*** We have become aware of two new and locked gates on Footpath 38. This is the very well-used track going from opposite the garden centre at Sheepbridge, towards Sheffield, alongside the A61 Dronfield bypass. This has nothing at all to do with Rupert Carr and the Peak Resort, this part of the track is owned by a Mr Allsop. Steps are being taken to get these gates permanently open, until which time, it seems, the new Peak Resort Circular walk will not be complete, or maybe even opened.
We apologise for the state of the lower boardwalk, just to the south of Metapic Wood. It was repaired for us, but apparently not very well, the ‘fixers’ taking the most southerly boards to replace the rotten ones. Unfortunately, they were not replaced, and the path is a bog. Watch this space….
Ok, a day later… a rep from Derbyshire CC came along, and was, well quite gobsmacked. He personally promised to come back and first create a bypass, and get the boardwalk restored. He had no idea it was so bad….Heads should roll,
Most walks leaders recce the walks they are organising a day or two before, then we are prepared to face various obstacles that may have cropped up. For instance, this stile was trimmed extensively the day before a walk I had planned. Imagine what it was like before!
The Summer Walks programme is over halfway through, many thanks to Steve and Ros Sadler….. it has a superb series of walks….. thanks also to all the walks leaders.
We have been posting copies on local notice boards, they stand out, being bright yellow this time! If you spot a notice board locally that does not sport one of our programmes, please let me know, and I will put one up…….. email@example.com
DRONFIELD ROUND WALK……..
It has been brought to our attention that Border View Farm has some horses which have a disease call ‘Strangles’. If left unchecked it can be spread very easily by walkers coming from one farm to the other and patting or feeding the horses at Stubley Hollow Livery. Therefore we would ask that if you have to walk this way would you please refrain from touching or feeding any of the horses belonging to Stubley Hollow Livery. ( They are hoping to get some signs up ASAP) The owners are new to Dronfield and I would like to think that as responsible walkers we would be extremely careful and hope to welcome the owners into our community.
Next walk: Thursday 17th August, (look at the programme for more details,) only a few places remain. Ros and Steve have been to Troway Hall Farm today for lunch and to sort out the details!
This is the plan of action.
Park there at 7pm. Peter Carr will lead a shorter walk from there to return for 8.15.
The meal will be meat and potato pie at £5.50 per head.
They can do veggie for anyone who requires that but need to know in advance.
Bring your own alcoholic drinks please, teas coffees and cake will be on sale.
There is enough parking but be prepared to be blocked in! So first in last out!!
They seem very enthusiastic about having us so let’s hope it will be a good evening. The meat is all their own and delicious.
Still a few places left so get booking.
We have been involved with the Chesterfield Walking Week, indeed two of our members, Peter Carr and Graham Gill led today’s walk (8th May) on the George Stephenson walk, where we learned so much about this man, where he lived….worked, and finally, where he is buried.
This just in from DCC:
Stay safe walking in the countryside
As spring gets underway, we’re reminding residents to take extra care when out exploring the countryside in fields where there are farm animals.
Local residents and visitors to the area need to be aware of their surroundings especially when a path enters a field or they are crossing open access land.
Our Strategic Director for Economy, Transport and Communities Mike Ashworth said:
“Derbyshire has lovely countryside and we want walkers to be able to enjoy it whilst staying safe and following the Countryside Code.
“At this time of year cows are often rearing their young and can become very territorial. People and dogs can easily spook cows and their calves so it is important to give them space.
“Most importantly we don’t want anyone to put themselves or the livestock at risk. If necessary they should find another way around the cattle and re-join the path as soon as possible.”
Advice from the Derby and Derbyshire Local Access Forum (DADLAF) can help to keep people and livestock safe:
- Avoid getting between cows and their calves.
- Be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you.
- Move quickly and quietly around the herd.
- Keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead around cows and sheep.
- If you are threatened by cattle let your dog go to allow it to run to safety.
- Don’t panic or run. Most cattle will stop before they reach you. If they follow, walk on quietly.
Any incidents should be reported to the landowner and to the police if it is of a serious nature. You should also inform us, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01629 533262.
The DADLAF guidance along with advice for farmers and landowners is available on our website.
DADLAF was set up by us and Derby City Council in 2003 to give advice on outdoor recreation, rights of way and access to the countryside. It covers all of Derbyshire to the south and east of the Peak District National Park. The national park and the area of the county in the north west around Buxton and Glossop is covered by the Peak District Local Access Forum (opens in a new window)
DADLAF is looking for people with an interest in the great outdoors to sign up as volunteers with the forum. Land managers, forestry and farming representatives would be particularly welcome.
Click on the Walks Programme page, and check the dates in your diary, we hope to see you on quite a few of the varied walks we have on offer.
If you are anywhere near Pendle in August, have a look here: http://www.visitpendle.com/
for details of their Walking Festival
Thanks to all the DFBS members who are walk leaders…… and Walk On!
Not only do we have organised walks, some of the members have ‘adopted’ footpaths. Here, Adrian Slome and Jeannie Thorpe show us about Footpath 33:
Before and after photos:
Are you a Facebooker? I have been playing with a new facebook page, so next time you go to FB, please will you look for it, and maybe join? It could be a useful addition to this website.
if you have anything you think might be nice to have on this site, please email me…..email@example.com
The walks programme is SUPERB!!! please join in as many as you can, it is a case of Use them or Lose them…. If you know of a footpath problem, please let a committee member or a walk leader know so that action may be taken. Also, PLEASE wear your name badges, particularly the walk leaders! One day perhaps, everybody will know everybody elses names!!
David Blackburn very kindly came to our committee meeting to update us on the Barn and its interest in helping organise walks and encourage more people to walk in their local area via their IT facility and leaflets, hopefully to eventually include Geocaching! David is part of the Barn steering committee. It is intended that the Barn should become a hub for walking Info and will be marketed under the banner of “Walks from the Barn”. There is probably much that members can do to help the Barn if they wish, such as describing and photographing routes. The work which some do already, such as checking paths, will be useful. There was a display weekend 15th-17th July that included parts of the Rotary walk and in October there will be an exhibition of everything that was gathered from the July weekend. We are happy to get involved with the Barn but we will keep our own identity.