Footpath Fixers – An Update March 2017

Brian Hebron

The Footpath Fixers continue to repair and improve footpaths about once amonth. During 2016 we concentrated on the Centenary Way and have almost completed this path throughout the Derbyshire Dales section. The path is now walkable and signed although we would like to put netting on the boardwalk over the streams of Shirley Park. The picture shows most of our group replacing the stiles with gates on the Osmaston to Ashbourne part of the Way. Fixers come from all over the District from Burton to Chesterfield to Hulland Ward.

While awaiting the netting we have been working on the Longshaw Estate. Although we usually “fix” on a Friday, the Longshaw Estate has volunteer helpers on a Tuesday. Tuesday has not proven to be a problem and bycombining our efforts with other volunteers we have installed several boardwalks on a footpath near Froggatt. As a result of the re-organisation at County, it is likely that over the short term we will work more with Longshaw as they can gain permission of landowners and provide tools.

To be covered by the Ramblers insurance we are limited to using basic tools so larger tasks such as those requiring a chain saw have to be passed to County. This becomes apparent during the risk assessment, which is undertaken before any fixing is started. It is therefore important that footpath wardens and other ramblers report overgrowth problems with paths as early as possible, when volunteers can clear them before power tools are necessary.

If interested in becoming a footpath fixer contact: Brian Hebron, email brian.hebron@orangehome.co.uk, or 01629 258914.

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