Latest Newsletter: Spring 2020

Hello Walkers!
The main part of this newsletter was written before the recent lock-down caused by the Corona Virus. We had to cancel the last couple of walks in the winter season, and although the Summer Programme has been finalised, we cannot as an organisation, be responsible for these walks. We hope that you continue to be safe, and keep walking, but as individuals.

Read on……

We are nearly at the end of the Winter Walks Programme…the usual variety of local walks, led by lots of different leaders…we are very grateful to all those who devise and lead walks, and even after, for instance, my DFBS participation over the last dozen or so years, there are still some footpaths new to my footsteps…
But from the 100 or so members of our organisation, there are only a couple of dozen who lead walks, so please: if you would like to lead a walk, please get in touch..lots of help is available..
Jane Smith has been busy planning the 2020 Summer Walking Programme…but this will be her last year as Walks Coordinator, so we need someone to take on the role…as otherwise, there will be no Summer Programme in 2021. I would also like someone to take on the website updating…this is a really easy job: if you have a computer, and can type, that is all the experience you need…you simply log on, and add, amend, delete…if I can do it, anyone can!

David Blackburn sent this: “The Hope Valley Explorer bus service. You may be aware that the service was launched last summer, covering the peak season of 21 July to 31 August. Peak Park authorities have confirmed that the service will continue in 2020 ( and 2021). Although detailed timetables have not yet been released, it’s expected that the service will continue a similar pattern. This means 2 morning services out from Chesterfield, departing 9.05 for route out via Cutthorpe and 9.20 for the route via Dronfield, with returns after 6pm.The local publicity was appalling, with timetable leaflets arriving in Dronfield library only about a week before the end of the season. I did some local promotion work (and have offered to be alink person for Peak Park in the Dronfield area next year). I managed to interest several folk in trying out the service. They were unanimous in enjoying their trips and will almost certainly use it again next year. Although there is a charge (half price of course, for us bus pass users), all my contacts felt it was excellent value. Although the direct links from our area out into the Hope and Edale valleys are quite limited, the services out there are pretty good and offer all sorts of excellent connections for a wide variety of linear walk and there are many new possibilities. I caught the bus out from Dronfield to Longshaw and had an excellent walk back. I will be looking to do something similar for our Dronfield Footpaths Group and will send an invitation out in due course for others to join if they wish hope the Ramblers can make some use of this innovative service, now we know rather more about it than we did last summer.”

So, we have cancelled the Summer Walks Programme, but as soon as we are able, we will resume! As mentioned earlier, WE NEED A WALKS COORDINATOR for next year. We have at least 100 members, so there is no excuse for one of you to take this on!

Subscriptions: Please pay your subs for this year now, it is only £5 – details below:

Pay by cash or cheque (payable to DFBS)– send to the Treasurer at

127, Green Lane, S18 2FJ

or pay by a bank transfer/standing order with these details:-

Account Name:- DFBS, Sort Code 60-40-09, Account No. 16904249, Reference: “Your Name”. Amount :- £5 (or £10  for a couple).

Only a few members have not paid already – Your subs mainly pay for the Insurance Premium and AGM expenses.

Note: Payments for next year should be made after 1st November 2020.

AGM: Wednesday 4th Nov. 2020.Graham has lined up a Landscape Photographer who gives illustrated talks. Venue as usual at the Civic Hall.

So, referring back to the first para: Please stay safe, and heed the advice given…but keep walking, stay in touch through our Facebook group…the Summer Programmes will be posted on the notice boards when we get the All Clear, but is here on the website, for information only. These walks will not take place.
Cheers All, from the DFBS Committee.

Take nowt but photos, leave nowt but footprints!