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In accordance with the government coronavirus ‘lockdown’, our walks until 2 December are cancelled.
They can resume from 2 December, exempt from the ‘rule of six’, but walkers must still book in advance with the leaders.

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For those walking independently within government guidelines there is a selection of walks on the Ramblers website at Ramblers Routes

In addition we have a sortable library of some of our walks undertaken in the last five years in a GPS Walk Library

The condition of local footpaths can be checked, and paths that are not recorded rights of way can be logged, in anticipation of the 2026 deadline

Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Ramblers before coronavirus

The Lost Rambler

Where am I ?      

Stiles & gates

The Cycle Tracks Act (1984) gave highway authorities the powers to convert a footpath or part of a footpath into ‘a highway over which the public have a
right of way on a pedal cycle (other than pedal cycles which are motor vehicles) and a right of way on foot’.

The problem arises however that rights of way can be extinguished to allow this to happen and are automatically removed from the Definitive Map and thereby Ordnance Survey mapping.
At a time when we are trying to establish ‘lost ways’ for mapping, we are losing some existing footpaths from Ordnance Survey maps.
This cannot be in the interest of either cyclists or walkers, who both need to see their active travel routes clearly mapped ?
Unrecorded Rights of Way (Proposal 31)
Natural England Stakeholder Report (2010)

The Ramblers


  Wednesday 9 September

Leader: Andrew    

Not much remains of the summer programme because of the ongoing coronavirus issue, but it was a welcome return to official activity for a group of six on a beautiful September day on a local walk.
The outing concluded with a guided tour of what remains of the Wingerworth Hall estate.

Not a Ramblers built stile    (seen on Chinley Churn)

Whaley Bridge

Wednesday 14 October

Chinley Churn, Hayfield,
Mount Famine

Photo: Mike

Barber Booth

Wednesday 21 October

Leader: Isobel    

A group of 11 met at Barber Booth for an 11 mile route in the mist and drizzle, expecting a wet walk.
The first part was up Whitemoor Clough, at the top of which, there should have been lovely views of the Edale Valley – missed with mist.
Then we went along Chapel Gate to meet the Rushup Edge Road. After crossing the road, the route crossed fields to the hamlet of Bagshaw and on to Sparrowpit.
From there it climbed to Eldon Quarry, then dropping to Windy Knoll, and returning to Barber Booth via Greenlands.
In the afternoon the mist cleared and there were views towards Chapel-en-le Frith and of the Mam Tor ridge.
There were some steep uphill sections. Few other walkers out in the Sparrowpit and Bagshaw area and this may explain why some of the stiles in this area are poorly maintained.


Saturday 24 October    

Leader: Isobel     

Originally, 15 people had booked on to the walk – but numbers were reduced due to the Coronavirus Tier 3 rules affecting Sheffield, some people having to self isolate, and one with a broken boiler!
In the end there were 11 people, including some prospective new members and a member from another area.
The route starting from Ford had been hastily redrawn due to the new Tier 3 rules which prevented us crossing the Sheffield border.
Initially the weather was dry, but towards lunchtime it became showery.
The route started along Geer Lane and took the concessionary path leading up towards Troway. From Troway it dropped to Bridle Road Wood and headed to Lightwood, before returning to Ford via Carterhall and Litfield Farms.
Along the way there were views of the Moss Valley, with the trees looking particularly good in their autumn colours.
A total distance of 7.2 miles.

Our Group has been active since 1967, but local rambling had been invented before then ….

Spire Rambling Club around the Upper Derwent & Edale (c 1958)

…. previously on chesterfieldramblers

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