Welcome to the Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society.
We are now halfway through our Summer 2021 Walks Programme: all paid-up members will have received a programme, but with the current situation, it is not publicly available on the local notice boards… A programme for the Winter Warmer season is now being prepared…
If you would like to join the Society, it is just £5 a year, and for this, you are covered by our group insurance should anything untoward happen…plus, of course, you get first-hand knowledge of our events.
As part of our aims, a couple of years back, Graham Gill, Peter Carr and I ventured to Barlow Ponds to replace the broken seat top, placed a dozen years ago in memory of Roy Kitson. The seat now has a nice new top, and overlooks the top pond… a regular stop on our walks out that way. Sadly, since then, all these benches have been removed by the site owners, and out bench is now back with the Kitson family.
DFBS is an active group who, apart from walking the local footpaths and bridleways, report any damaged stiles or gates to the landowners so 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.
Representatives from DFBS presented a cheque for £100 towards the maintenance of the Dronfield Round Walk, formerly the Dronfield Rotary Round Walk, which is now under the auspices of Dronfield Hall Barn. DFBS Secretary Karen Brightmore handed over the cheque to Maureen Taylor, the Lead Trustee from The Barn.
DFBS has also adopted a section of the Round Walk, and makes sure the path is safe to walk, by clipping overhanging hedges.
In the picture: Maureen Taylor and Karen Brightmore, along with fellow walkers and Barn enthusiasts Steve and Ros Sadler, Barry Jex, David Blackburn and Philip Brightmore. Photo by Richard Smith, another DFBS member.
We apologised 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.
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.
One week later: heard from the rep following a phone call to learn progress, he tells me he met an estimator on site yesterday (Aug 17th) who is now getting quotes, and the work should be completed ‘within one or two months’. Remember, this is to replace a perfectly good stretch of boardwalk that they dismantled to use the boards to repair broken sections. Why could they just have not brought along some new planks, the whole job would have been done quickly? …. tell you why: it is part of the Council Workers Job Re-Creation Scheme, which guarantees them continued employment. My personal comment, not the official view of the DFBS.
- we continue to be extremely disappointed with Derbyshire County Council, who ripped up about 30 feet of perfectly good boardwalk just south of Half Acre Lane, to mend a couple of planks further up. Nearly a year on, what remains is a boggy mess. The Council is SO INEPT they would not manage in industry . They would never manage to hold down a job. Inefficient, unaccountable, words fail me. Note that these are my words, not necessarily the official line of DFBS. But I bet they all agree with me. Latest: 14th Feb,….. 3 ‘workers’ from DCC scraped a small furrow from one puddle to another, making the path un-navigable unless you like wading through mud. Words fail me. DCC should be ashamed of themselves. The stuff they have done for us is pathetic. Totally inept. Just look at the potholes in the roads they have fixed, for instance by the Chantrey Hotel in Dronny. now worse than ever, and they ‘fixed’ them only last year. And we continue to pay their wages. rant rant.
And now, early March 2018, the boardwalk has been replaced, and DCC will, I am assured, turn out again to make the first section of footpath just before the boardwalk, walkable again…. after the mess they created by draining all the water on to what was a decent path.
and late on in 2018, I was told by the DCC rep that DCC would replace the whole boardwalk over the next 4 years…. let us hope they keep their word on this….
The Round Dronfield Walk
As most of you may be aware there is a push to get the round walk back up to scratch, replacing broken styles and signs and clearing annual growth from the path.
It has been split into 10 sections with a person or persons agreeing to maintain their section. I have agreed on behalf of the DFBS to maintain section I which is from Dunston Farm to Bowshaw Farm (just before you go under the Dronfield Bypass).
It is hoped that at least once a year we can get a group together to cut back the weeds Etc and also report back to the team at The Barn any major issues.
We did a clean up session and were grateful for members who could spare just a couple of hours to help.We were responsible for our own safety and brought along an variety of useful tools.
We met at the end of Barnes Avenue near The Talbot.
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Caring for the community
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!
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.
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: email@example.com 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:
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The walks programmes we have are SUPERB!!! please join in as many walks as you can, it is a case of Use them or Lose them…. and 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 else’s names!!