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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

Walkers urged to help save historic footpaths before 2026 deadline

Uncategorised Posted on 11 February 2020 07:38

For info.

The Guardian: Walkers urged to help save historic footpaths before 2026 deadline

Bradfield Ancient Ways Walks and Launch – Wednesday, 26th February, 2020

Uncategorised Posted on 6 February 2020 11:19

The Bradfield Ancient Ways Improvements project was designed to improve six popular ancient paths in the Parish of Bradfield to be easily accessible to the general public. Some of the paths have been used for hundreds of years and they are a part of our heritage.

Unfortunately over time the many stiles had fallen into disrepair, steps had become worn, and the paths had become more like obstacle courses than public footpaths.

With funding and help from Sheffield City Council Public Rights of Way, the Ramblers, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, the Sheffield Lakeland Countryside Partnership, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bradfield Parish Council, Bradfield Walkers are Welcome and the Peak District National Park, the project repaired and replaced about 35 stiles, gates and sets of steps, to ensure these ancient routes can once again be easily enjoyed by the general public.

The paths are in the beautiful Loxley valley and run between High Bradfield, Low Bradfield and Worrall. With splendid views over Damflask Reservoir these ancient ways are ideally placed for South Yorkshire residents to enjoy.

As well as the views, traditional barns and farms and a fascinating variety of stone stiles, the paths include what was a buried section of a traditional stone walkway that is believed to be a paved “Church way”. This dates back to the 12th century, and the time of the Manor of Hallamshire, when Ecclesfield Priory provided the chaplains for the chapel of ease at Bradfield and the route was used by monks to travel between the priory and Bradfield.

The aim of the morning walks is to get back to Low Bradfield village hall for about 12:30, where there will be teas and coffees – bring your own lunch. At about 1pm there will be a short address by the Chair of Bradfield Parish Council. We are inviting the various organisations that have funded and supported the Bradfield Ancient Ways Improvements.

Walk A – Linear walk – 10:30am start – 4 miles

This easy walk starts from Kirk Edge Road, Worrall. The walk will reach the Low Bradfield village hall by 12.30.

Meet on Kirk Edge Road, Worrall – Grid ref: SK 308 920

10.02 bus no. 57 from Sheffield bus Interchange to KIrk Edge Road, Worrall. (Cars can be parked in Worrall but occupants would have to make own way back in the afternoon).

Walk B – Morning loop – 10:00am start – 4.5 miles

The route takes us up the fields to High Bradfield, east on the Sheffield Country Walk to Cliffe House farm, NE to Kirk Edge Road, east until turn south to Spitewinter Farm and Holdworth, west via Nether House farm back to Low Bradfield.

Meet at Smithy Garage, Low Bradfield, S6 6LB (junction of Smithy Bridge Rd and Lamb Hill – SE corner of the village green).  Grid ref: SK 264 919

Catch the 08:42 Malin Bridge Tram from Sheffield to the Hillsbrough Interchange for the 09:10 Powells bus to Low Bradfield

Walk C – Afternoon loop – 1:30pm – 1:45pm start – 6 miles

This is a moderate walk, with 1000 ft of ascent, starting from Low Bradfield at 13.30/13.45, after the launch, and will take about 2.5 – 3 hours.

The Dale Dike and Agden Loop goes south to The Plough, west to Dale Dike, south west along the south side of Dale Dike, north east along the north side of Dale Dike, up the hill to the concessionary path heading north east to Mortimer Road, down through the woods to Agden House, back along the south side of Agden reservoir to Low Bradfield Hall.

Meet at Low Bradfield Village Hall, S6 6LB.  Grid ref: SK 263 918

Edale Mountain Rescue Team Fund Raising Gig

Uncategorised Posted on 6 February 2020 11:03

There’s a fund raising gig for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team next Tuesday Feb 11th at the White Lion pub on London Road in Heeley starting at 8pm.

It will feature local muscians : Break A Leg, Cage of Crows and Kootch.

Admission is free but there will be plenty of opportunity to donate so please bring money and a generous heart.

Don’t forget: “Last year there were only four days when somebody in the UK did not call on a mountain rescue team for help when they are injured, sick or lost on the hills, so we want to help our local team be ready for the next time they are needed. “

Please support this worthy cause. (and have an enjoyable night out too.)

Malcolm Dixon, Sheffield Ramblers

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


Uncategorised Posted on 24 January 2020 19:14

I think the word is getting round quite well now but this is just to confirm that June came home on Tuesday (not via the Northern General!) and is doing very well. She’s walking around her house with just a stick and is her usual cheery self!
She’s looking forward to our trip to Patterdale.


Uncategorised Posted on 11 January 2020 16:22

I had news on Thursday that June Robinson had broken her femur over Christmas. I quickly sent her a card from everyone but had no details. However her friend (also June) has just phoned me and apparently she broke it on Christmas Eve but she seems to be her usual indomitable self and is apparently ‘fine’!
She is being transferred to Northern General sometime next week and June no.2 will let me know when they know when that will be.
I just thought you’d all like to know.

Sheffield Heritage Fair January 18th & 19th

Uncategorised Posted on 6 January 2020 16:19

Can you spare an hour, or longer, on either of these days?
Sheffield Ramblers is having a stall at this year’s Sheffield Heritage Fair at the Millennium Galleries on Saturday Jan 18th 10-4 and Sunday Jan 19th 11-3.
Could you help us man the stall for an hour or so?
Entry to the Fair is free and you can wander around the many other stalls once you’ve done your bit.
Get in touch if you want any more information.
Thanks. Malcolm Dixon, Sheff Ramblers Sec, on 07842530128 or

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