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Amber Valley Ramblers, Derbyshire

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It's Official, it's open!

The Ecclesbourne Way

JHT1 JHT2 JHT3 JHT4 JHT5 pictures by John Hastings-Thomson

PW1PW2pictures by Peter Ward


More pictures and information about the route can be found on www.ecclesbourneway.org.uk

A message of thanks from our chairman.

The Ecclesbourne Way and Amber Valley Ramblers
For those who attended today it has been an enjoyable and memorable day in the history of Amber Valley Ramblers (1976-2017) with the celebration andthe official opening of the Ecclesbourne Way route. Our involvement with the project started 4 years ago and many meetings, much discussion and hard work later, today's event was the culmination of this effort and time given by a lot of people. A significant step along the way has been the lead in the latter part given by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and their valuable infrastructure and the continuous support and enthusiasm of the Ecclesbourne Railway team. The entire project has been a marvellous example of groups working well in partnership. The result is a community project which will benefit the general public for years to come. All who have contributed should be justifiably proud of their involvement.Without naming individuals however, I would particularly like to thank the support of those in the Amber Valley Ramblers Footpath Maintenance team. When called for, they stepped forward and their work gave us credibility as a Group and shown what can be achieved in spite of difficult economic circumstances.To all who attended today a big thank you and hope you enjoyed the day.I hope you will enjoy the Ecclesbourne Way whether in part or along the entire route. Gerry

More work on the Ecclesbourne Way 18 July 2017
Today our Work Group tackled stiles at several locations on the Ecclesbourne Way around Postern Farm, in conjunction with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Pictured is a stile to be made more passable with an improved step to avoid a long drop on one side. Next can be seen group members led by Michael Poyser working on access over a ditch. In the background some members are working to level the concrete bridge, which had a troublesome cant, they were successful in their efforts. Here, also the gate was improved and a further gate installed on the other side of the ditch.
Paths along the route were walked and stiles inspected with further cutting back of invasive growth. The area awaits Ecclesbourne Way way-markers on this section and intending walkers will find the route being improved for access as funding allows. More work in August will bring us to the end of this phase of our involvement with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, who have been an immense support to us and those who will ramble these paths. Although, only officially opened just over a week ago, we have witnessed walkers, leafleted guide in hand, making their way along the trail.
PW1PW2PW3PW4PW5pictures and text by Peter W.

STARTS FRIDAY 14TH JULY then Every Friday at 1pm (walk time approx. 30-45minutes)

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so you can relax and enjoy a local walk in a safe environment

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safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults

Be aware that:  Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult with parental responsibility. We no longer accept unaccompanied young people aged 15-17 on Ramblers activities even with written consent from a parent or guardian, and the consent cards we previously issued are no longer valid.  People with special needs must be accompanied by someone responsible for their direct care (who needn't be a Ramblers member).


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