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The Ramblers

The Ramblers nationally are involved, not just in walking, but in maintaining and developing our rights of way.
In Derbyshire alone there are over 3000 miles
(of which 619 are in our group area).

You’ll be very welcome to join our footpath inspection team – or help the Group in any other way.
As a volunteer you are right at the heart of our work to promote walking whilst protecting and improving the places people walk.

Volunteer zone

Tell us about a path success

Tell us about a path success

Good countryside access depends on reporting all rights of way problems.
Don’t assume they have already been reported.
Take a photo if you can and report either by;
Pathwatch, Derbyshire County Council, Fix My Street, or by this website.

Parish Rights of Way

Rights of Way of the 42 parishes in our group are shown here.

There are however many paths, both ‘lost’ over time or used every day, that are unrecorded by the County Council, and are not legal ‘rights of way’
Pre-1949 unrecorded paths were due to be ‘extinguished’ in 2026 by legislation in the Crow Act (2000).
The cut-off in this part of the Act is now to be repealed and will not now be enforced.
Provision for claiming the many unrecorded paths as rights of way will remain….

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 North Chesterfield Way route

Waymarking Public Rights of Way (Natural England)

Footpath 18 between the English Heritage sites of Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale Hall (summer, 2013)

Footpath 18 between the English Heritage sites of Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale Hall
(summer, 2013)

County council guidelines on cropping & ploughing

County council guidelines on cropping & ploughing

Although we’re glad many farmers follow the requirement to keep footpaths open for public use, there are unfortunately some who ignore the guidelines.

Free passage is essential at all times, but never more so than during the annual Chesterfield Area Walking Festival in May each year.

The Path Closure Register

Do you check on proposed changes to your
rights of way ?

You can check by parish or postcode on the County Council website.

Peak District TRO Consultations

Peak District Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) Consultations

Private or ‘unadopted’ roads in England & Wales

Understanding the British Standard for Gaps, Stiles, and Gates

Stiles & gates (Derbyshire County Council)

Rights of Way Maps

Public Rights of Way (Rowmaps)

Derbyshire Public Rights of Way (Ordnance Survey overlay)

Derbyshire Public Rights of Way (Bing aerial overlay)

Derbyshire Mapping Portal – interpretation of the Definitive Map

Open Street Map – Recorded and unrecorded paths

Grid Reference Finder


                  Lost ways here ?        1898 map (National Library of Scotland)

The way we were ….

Local mapping based on National Library of Scotland Ordnance Survey Maps
(1920’s to 1940’s)

Open Access Maps

Open Access Maps

Find My Street ….

Bolsover-B4 39/1

Local Councils

   (Rights of Way)

Chesterfield Local Plan

Chesterfield Local Plan


Parish Councils

Bolsover Local Plan


Derbyshire County Council Rights of Way

County Councillors

NE Derbyshire Local Plan

NE Derbyshire Local Plan


  Parish Councils
  Ashover   Killamarsh
  Barlow   Morton
  Brackenfield   North Wingfield
  Brampton   Pilsley (NE)
  Calow   Shirland & Higham
  Clay Cross   Stretton
  Dronfield   Sutton cum
  Eckington   Temple Normanton
  Grassmoor   Tupton
  Heath & Holmewood   Unstone
  Holmesfield       Wessington
  Holymoorside & Walton    Wingerworth

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