Welcome to the Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society.
Our latest newsletter:
Footsteps : The Newsletter of the Dronfield Footpaths & Bridleways Society
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2022…
Notes from the recent committee meeting:
A reminder to all members that if any of their details change in future, e.g. address, phone number and particularly e mail address, to let the society know so that we can keep our members list up to date.
We need more members to join the committee team: Our secretary for the last 7 years has had to relinquish her post…thanks Karen for doing this job so well…..so anyone interested: please step forwards now….
Likewise, Adrian, our Treasurer, will cease to be in that post after the AGM…..
Richard, who is the current Webmaster needs a successor….he has also compiled the newsletters for some years, and he needs someone to take over that role too.
None of these jobs are particularly onerous, and the current incumbents will be only too happy to offer any help and guidance.
So please….think about these jobs….and let us know soon, let’s not wait until the AGM in November….those above will NOT stay in these jobs, and for the DFBS to continue and flourish, WE NEED THESE POSITIONS FILLING!
So…nominate yourself, or nominate someone else….soon please!
While we are on about the AGM: we need a speaker to entertain us after the business part…any ideas please?
The AGM will be held on Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at the Civic Hall, Dronfield starting at 7:30pm
The New Summer Walks coordinator has compiled the Spring/Summer Walks programme, this is attached/included with this newsletter….Thanks Peter Hubbard for taking on this role, and sincere thanks to Jane Smith, who has provided us with the programme for the last 4 years…. We are often asked about dogs accompanying us on our walks: dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept under close control. There is just one walk when we do not allow dogs: the Dawn Chorus walk…
Tidy up session of the Dronfield Round walk: May 3rd.
We as a group help to maintain a section of the footpath to keep it clear and passable to all walkers. This entails us pruning the shrubs and cutting back the vegetation to make the footpath passable for all.
Any major work is completed by the Barn work party team who work on the full length of the path keeping it in tip top condition.
They have done quite a bit of work on our section in the last twelve months. There was a little stream which we had to cross but after a lot of rain it became very flooded and the area impassable without getting very wet and muddy. A new channel has been dug out and the water course altered making the area a lot drier.
A new ladder style was also erected by the Barn team giving walkers easier access.
The livery which owns most of the fields around this section have been working hard to keep their horses safe and protecting the walking public.
To get this work done we need as many footpath members as possible to turn up on the 3rd of May with secateurs, shears and any battery-operated hedge trimmers.
I (Richard Smith) use a phone app called Map My Walk. It is free, and tells you how far you have walked, how fast etc, and provides a map….Strava does a similar app…. I think these are better than just step counters….so why not press a few buttons on your phones, and have a go…..?
Payment of subscriptions
It is helpful if subs can be paid by a bank credit using the following details:-
Name of Account ….. Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society
Amount……………….£5 (£10 for a couple)
Also, it’s helpful to pay subs at the AGM (or soon afterwards). Payment by cash or cheque can be accepted throughout the year.
So: we, the current committee, wish you all a Happy New Walking Season, please give some serious thought to our requests above: we are only too happy to give any help needed…but as we have a good vibrant membership, new members taking on these roles could offer a new, fresh outlook on our friendly organisation.
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 was a bog. DCC have now totally replaced the boardwalk…it’s now like a motorway! Thanks DCC!
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.
Any questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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…..firstname.lastname@example.org
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!!