- 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 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.
Annual General Meeting: Wednesday November 8th at Dronfield Civic Hall
Following the brief business part of the meeting, and of course a coffee break, this year’s speaker was local historian David Templeman, who told us all about Sheffield Street names: a very entertaining and enlightening presentation.
We needed someone to take on the Summer walk programme. When we asked for volunteers, everyone present took one step back, and looked down at their feet. All, that is, apart from Jane Smith, who was keen to take on the role. ‘Me Me Me’ she shouted out.
Two more members joined our committee, thanks to Philip Brightmore and Joe Kelsall. Did it help, that we said we had our committee meetings in the pub?
Hilary Pike served teas and coffees between the meeting and the talk. Thanks !
We have the chance to be very involved with the Chesterfield Walking Festival in 2018. Here is a note from our own peter Carr, asking for input…
Hello Richard and Karen, myself and Graham are meeting up next week to discuss leading a walk or two in next years Chesterfield walking festival. We’ll be doing it on behalf of DFBS if the committee want that.
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.
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.
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 on Saturday 23rd September at 10am and were grateful for a 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 email@example.com
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!
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…….. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Thursday 28th December, meet at Holmesfield Community Village car park, 10.00am. Local walk, followed by lunch at The Moorlands, Owler Bar.
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 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.