I joined Ramblers’ 13 years ago
and became Countryside Officer for the Chesterfield and North East
Derbyshire Group in 2000. When the Footpath Secretary’s position became
free in 2001 I took on that role also. This has developed my contacts
with County Rights of Way Officers and with local landowners.
My wife, Beryl, and I enjoy walking holidays and are especially fond
of coastal walks. We have covered the 600 miles of the South West
Peninsula , walked the coasts of Pembrokeshire, Anglesey, Isle of
Wight, Isle of Mann and sections of many other long distance walks.
We also enjoy walking holidays in Europe, visiting France, Germany,
Austria and the Lavadas of Madiera.
The Round Walk project afforded the opportunity to improve path conditions
in our local area.
I have been a member of the Ramblers’
Association for more than 30 years. I lived in Walton for many years
before moving to Sheffield in 2000. My popular long distance footpath,
the 90-mile White Peak Way, which circles the Peak National Park,
was published by Cicerone Press in 1982, and is still going strong.
It is the only long distance path in Britain that offers walkers the
choice of a youth hostel, bed and breakfast or a campsite at the end
of every stage. I walk extensively all over Britain and Europe as
well as having visited New Zealand and Nepal.
I became interested in natural history at junior school when I used
to sit on the playground wall at Holymoorside watching butterflies
settle on flowers in a nearby garden. After I left school and could
afford to buy a camera I began collecting butterflies by taking their
photographs. I also branched out into other fields of natural history
photography and joined a postal photographic circle to which I still
belong forty years later. I am a member of the Chesterfield Photographic
Society, Chesterfield Film Makers and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
and am an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.
I joined the Chesterfield Ramblers
5 years ago whilst still at work (HSBC Bank in IT) to get more exercise
and walk areas of the countryside I'd never been to before (e.g. Kinder).
I initially joined the Saturday car ramblers and after a season volunteered
to lead a walk or two. Since I took early retirement from work in
February 2004, I now walk on a Wednesday and Sunday leading walks
for both groups. I have also helped with the creation of the Chesterfield
Round Walk, waymarking it, creating the leaflet and organising the
monthly volunteer working group in conjunction with the Derbyshire
Countryside Services to clear paths, replace stiles, etc. I am also
the Group's Treasurer and sit on the Footpath sub-committee.
I've painted and drawn regularly
as a hobby for over 30 years. I studied Fine Art (Hons) at Sheffield
Polytechnic and studied Signwork & Environmental Graphics at Parkwood
College, Sheffield. I'm a keen walker and frequently walk with the
North East Derbyshire Ramblers based in Chesterfield, of which I'm
a member. I have led several walks along with my wife, Lucy. This
year we will be leading our third Discovery Walk. This is a short
walk around Chatsworth Park of about 5 miles with suitable stops to
draw or paint. I'm currently working as a Learning Mentor at Dinnington
Comprehensive School, Rotherham.
Here I encourage students to take part in Art related projects designed
to build self esteem, confidence and to improve learning.