14 mile Rotary Walk reopens
The Relaunch of the route for the Dronfield Barn Rotary Walk took place on Saturday 12th May. Coal Aston Community Centre was the start point and the new Walk Brochure was available. The walk was re-opened by MP Lee Rowley.
At 10 am many groups left starting the walk in a clockwise direction, into the Moss Valley.
The walks are part of the Chesterfield Walking Festival. The Festival Walks are fully booked, but with help of the Walk Brochure (available on the day) anyone can follow the route easily for themselves. Just purchase the brochure, and away you go! The original walk was put together in 2000 by Rotary Club of Dronfield to celebrate the millenium. It is probably the only permanent memorial.
The cost was £65,000 including the East Access Trail starting in Holmesfield.
In 2016 responsibility for the Dronfield Barn Rotary Walk was transferred to the Barn, as part of their Lottery Grant including health and well-being. The route has been extensively restored. There are 97 stiles, 3 bridges, a walkway and 280 route markers! There are 10 Walk Wardens who each look after a section of the route.
A brand new brochure for the walk is available from 1st April showing the whole route plus matters of interest on the route. This is available at £3 from Dronfield Library, Steel's Ironmongers on Dronfield Bottom and The Barn. With this readers can start and finish any section of the whole 15 miles, or choose any section within that distance.