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Government website – DIY Cloth Face Coverings

Uncategorised Posted on 11 May 2020 19:11

A number of instructions for various face coverings. They look very easy (even the men will be able to make them, especially the ones from old T-shirts). They are now recommended by the government. I shall have a go making 2 tomorrow, ready for Wednesday. I have a sewing machine, so if anyone would like me to make them one, please contact me.

Christine Whittaker


Uncategorised Posted on 28 March 2020 17:08

We have seen two flocks of CURLEWS recently, one this morning (about 12) at Long Line/Limb Valley, and another very much larger flock at Bolsterstone just over a week ago. When living in Derbyshire the most we saw together were 3 or 4.

A few weeks ago I saw a KINGFISHER dart in and out the Porter Brook, close to Sheffield city centre. This was only the second kingfisher I have seen in my life! Unfortunately, Steve was looking in the wrong direction on both occasions.

Christine & Steve


Uncategorised Posted on 25 March 2020 16:01

Below is a list of suggestions from Sheffield Council’s Public Rights of Way Officer, for work to be done by our FIX IT team during the summer. However, it may be quite a while before it is safe for us to tackle them, which is quite disappointing. After visiting a few of the sites, I was really looking forward to getting stuck in!

From Sam Beaton:

“I am very keen to have your assistance this summer, and it could be in one or more of the following ways:

The paths/issues best tackled by volunteers are generally those in remote or difficult locations that machinery can’t access easily, and/or where hand tools are more appropriate.

  1. Two of the most heavily engineered areas of footpath with endless small scale drainage features to keep clear of leaves and silt with hand tools are the Rivelin and Porter Valleys. Both valleys have very active “Friends Of” groups who carry out all sorts of access and nature conservation works in those areas. Might a Fix It group be interested in joining forces with existing groups and tasks in those area
  2. We already have plans to supply stone to both the Bradway Action Group and the Beauchief Environment Group for them to carry out some path repair works in their areas. Again, might you be interested in working in these areas with these existing groups and projects?

There are also two specific outstanding work requests on our books that you might be able to help with:

  1. A request came to us from the SCC Woodland Ranger Matt Coster (copied in) to sort out a gullying/erosion problem on a footpath in Wheata Woods. The issue is being caused by run off from an overgrown and blocked ditch. It is too difficult a location for machinery to get to it. I have passed the issue back to Matt to try and deal with using the SCC Woodland rangers and hand tools, but perhaps a Fix It group might like to tackle it instead?
  2. There is a footpath running from Agden Reservoir up a steep hillside to Agden Side Road across the top side of a plantation that was clear felled about 8 years ago. This path is now choked with 8 year old self set birch trees, and the brambles and bracken come up in summer too. Ideal location for hand tools and volunteers, and a great view too. Would you be interested in tackling this?

Another possibility for your group, if interested, is to tidy up the edges of tarmac paths by removing leaf mould and grass that has crept in at the edges. An example being the path on the Sheffield Round Walk at the end of Ashbury Lane near Graves Park. The attached photos show what it looked like when it was tarmacked, it is much untidier now.

Mr. Sam Beaton
Senior Public Rights Of Way Officer
City Growth Department

If possible, I would like to list all the tools that we have for Fix It work, so could anyone who is storing equipment, please let me know.  Regards Christine   (contact: Tel: 01142666585)

Lost Ways Update

Uncategorised Posted on 17 February 2020 10:57

In January we are launching the next stage of Don’t Lose Your Way, our ambitious campaign to put historic rights of way back on the map. Across the country there are thousands of paths which have been lost to time, which have not made it onto current maps, but over which we still have a right of way. If we don’t find and claim them by 2026 then we risk losing them forever. We’d love for members, volunteers, and members of the public in your area to get involved in helping us find, map and save these paths.

A key part of this flagship campaign is the launch of a new online platform towards the end of January; on which we would like users (Ramblers and the wider public) to compare the current OS map with historic maps and identify potential lost rights of way. Each path will then be the focus of further research to see if we can put it back on the map – we will be supporting this research as we roll out further elements of the DLYW platform (including an online document hub, and an application builder) later in 2020.

I have spent the last couple of months talking to people across England and Wales, learning and recording what’s been achieved in saving these lost paths. This has been fed into campaign planning and discussions about the mechanics of the DLYW platform and has also given me the opportunity to identify people who are coordinating efforts in their areas already.

We’ve got a lot of work to do to map these lost paths and ultimately save them. There are a number of ways volunteers can help:
We’re looking for a volunteer local coordinator – I’ve attached the role profile to this email; the role is largely about keeping one’s finger on the pulse of Don’t Lose Your Way activity in their authority area – we’re looking to have one of these in each local authority area. I’ve already been in touch with Allen Pestell and caught up on the excellent work he’s been doing, but I’d welcome other thoughts about individuals who might be keen on this role.

Promoting the campaign – with over 150,00 squares to map, we want to promote this flagship campaign as much as possible. If you could talk to your members and promote on social media that would be fantastic. We are also developing posters to publicise the campaign. These are free of charge and we will post them out to you, just let us know how many you want – we are planning to send these out in January.

We’re uncovering stories – in order to reach as many people as possible, we need to tell the stories of our lost paths, and who knows them better than all of you. If you know of a right of way which is missing from the map and has an interesting history or personal connection to you, please do let me know. These stories can be the key to national press coverage and therefore bringing thousands of more people to the campaign (and the Ramblers!)

Working together, we can ensure that our paths are protected for future generations,

Ps. If you want to find out more about the campaign, download our guide here, or just reply to this email and I’d be happy to chat through and answer any questions.

Many thanks,

Dom Tooze
Don’t Lose Your Way – Programme officer
The Ramblers
0203 961 3136 / 07799 089571

Don’t Loose Your Way Team Co-ordinator wanted for our area details on Area Website
Also details of Sheffield Ramblers 2 Don’t Loose Your Way Claims

Diversion of parts of public footpath STO\3 and diversion of part of public footpath STO\2A at Hunshelf Bank, Stocksbridge, Sheffield S36

Uncategorised Posted on 1 February 2020 16:58

An application has been received to divert the public footpaths that run along and off the access road through the Liberty Steels site at Stocksbridge (shown as a solid black line on the attached plan).  The applicant wishes to divert the path on the grounds of security and privacy and along with the City Council has provided land that has enabled the creation of a footpath, linking STO\1B, STO\2A and STO\3 (shown as a dotted line on the attached consultation plan). 

Responses required by 20th February.

As the proposed diversion offers an improved ROW for walkers, the three Sheffield Area Footpath Officers support the proposal shown below. If you wish to respond as an individual please contact:

Mark Reeder

Highway Records
Highway Maintenance Division
Development Services
Sheffield City Council

The Walk on Sunday 28th

Walks comments Posted on 30 January 2018 11:55

Despite one walker being left behind at the start of the walk, another falling and breaking a bone, and one road death (poor badger), the survival rate for the walk was quite good. Below is the information I promised regarding the picturesque merits of Hope Cement Works.

Both Derby and Sheffield Art Galleries have works of art depicting the cement works. The one shown is in Derby Art Gallery and it’s called “Industrial Landscape, Hope Valley, Derbyshire” by Harry Epworth Allen (1894-1958). Available to view at https:/

Jackie Takes Charge

General Posted on 4 December 2017 17:40

Jackie Knight assisting the Ramblers Chief Exec, Vanessa, to cross Burbage Brook on the rope swing, when she visited the our area recently. To quote Vanessa “I spent a marvellous day … the views were magnificent and the company equally so.”

Map Reading

General Posted on 17 August 2016 11:44

Members may be interested in the Ordnance Survey map reading booklet, which (I think) covers all the topics covered in our recent navigation course at Longshaw. It can be downloaded at:

Chris Whittaker

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