Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Footpath News: Beeley FPs 3, 9, 11 & 12 and Bridleway 10 & Rowsley Bridleway 9

This article is from Signpost 46, Spring 2014

Member Ken Brockway recently reported that ‘On a recent winter walk climbing up the bridleway through Rowsley Wood, I speculated about the huge lumps of rock that had clearly been dumped down the valley side of the Smeltingmill Brook.

The post of PNFS signpost 427 had been used to display a planning application of May 2013. It proposed the reopening of Burntwood Quarry for the extraction of stone for the conservation of Chatsworth House, Park and Gardens and related structures.

Ken did quite a lot of digging to find out more, there are nearly 200 documents. The Transport Statement alone was 123 pages which he says ‘did his head in’

Ken was not alone in ploughing through the documents as Rhoda Barnett, who deals with consultations, in this area of the Peak District National Park, on behalf of the society also ploughed through the documents.

Rhoda commented on this case ‘I always try to visit the site of proposed developments, particularly in a case like this which affects many rights of way and is complicated. On this occasion, I went to the site with the local Ramblers' representative and a representative of the applicant, the Chatsworth House Trust. We had a very thorough exploration of the site and explanation of the proposals. The Ramblers rep and I agreed that the ways in which the Estate proposed to protect the rights of way were good. However, the plan prepared by the Estate to show the rights of way was inaccurate, and the Peak and Northern sign 427 was very useful to help us sort it all out. As a result of this visit, the application, including the rights of way plan, was revised and re-submitted, and I formally responded on behalf of the Society to say that I had no objections. Planning permission was granted in December 2013’.

If any members walking in the area (around grid reference SK 268 665 [map]) have concerns after the works start (we do not know when this will be), then let us know by emailing

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