Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

PNFS Funds New Boardwalks in Chee Dale

Bob Proctor, Footbridge Assessor

This article is from Signpost 59, Spring 2019

On a rather dull day last November, our chairman, David Hurrell, and I met Julia Gow of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) and presented her with cheque for £1,130 as a donation to fund the materials for new lengths of boardwalk which were recently installed on Wormhill footpath 5 which runs through the Trust’s Chee Dale Nature Reserve near Miller’s Dale.

The footpath follows the River Wye from Miller’s Dale to Blackwell Mill from where the A6 can be reached near Topley Pike. It is a popular walk following the river through the wonderful dale where a wide variety of wildlife, together with limestone-loving plants and can be seen. The path can get very muddy after wet weather and the DWT decided to extend the timber boardwalks making the path more enjoyable and reducing erosion. The Society offered a donation in line with its policy of preserving and improving rights of way for the enjoyment of walkers. The boardwalks were built and installed by a team of volunteers under the guidance of Julia Gow, the Trust’s Reserves Officer.

The PNFS Cheque!!!
Julie Gow and Bob Proctor in Chee Dale

The support from the Society has enabled the Trust and its volunteers to do an excellent job in making the use of this footpath a more pleasing experience for all who visit the area. Julia said, “The new boardwalks mean that people who are less mobile can now walk further along the river before they come to any difficult sections.”

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