Disley Footpath SocietyA message from Disley Footpaths Society during Covid-19

The lovely sunny spring weather has made Disley’s many footpaths a wonderful resource during these difficult times.
Many of them are much busier than is usual so early in the summer.  And it’s great that people are valuing having well maintained paths to choose from for their allowable daily walks.

The Disley Footpaths Society works closely with Cheshire East Council to maintain our village paths; also with the Canal & River Trust to maintain the canal towpath. During the lockdown, Steve Brown, the Society’s footpath maintenance coordinator has, within lockdown rules of course, been carrying out minor maintenance and also surveying and planning more extensive works for when the lockdown is raised.

Disley’s footpaths are some of the best maintained in the County and this is mostly due to the Society’s volunteers. If you would like to help with maintenance work on our paths, including the towpath, when lockdown is over – or indeed to join the Society – please email our chair, Tony Jackson, at tony@arjackson.plus.com, and we will let you know about the Society’s various activities, such as talks and organised walks, and about our next post-lockdown workday, at which you will be made very welcome.

Long Lane between Buxton Old Road and Higher Stoneridge

Objectives of the Society dfs3

  • The purposes and objectives of the Society are:
  • a) to carry out condition surveys and inspections of footpaths.
  • b) with the agreement and permission of Cheshire East Council and the landowner, where necessary, to carry out or to organise maintenance, repair and improvement works.
  • c) to promote publicity and information about footpaths.
  • d) to arrange events and activities to encourage use of footpaths
  • e) to establish new footpaths where appropriate.
  • f) to report, to the competent Authority, any obstructions which prevent free access to the footpath.

History of the Society

Established in 1999 after the dissolution of Parish Paths Partnership.
Affiliations The Peak and Northern Footpaths Society
Contacts Tony Jackson (Chair) 01663 764489 Pat Featherstone (Secretary) 01663 765058

Membership 1st September to 31st August Membership Subscription £5.00 per annum.

Disley Footpaths Society Membership Form

The Parish of Disley, covering some 9 square kilometres, enjoys breathtakingly varied scenery: wooded valleys, rolling farmland and typical Pennine moorland punctuated by rocky outcrops of Millstone Grit.
Over 36 kilometres of well maintained, well signposted footpaths, together with the Peak Forest Canal towpath, offer gentle rambles and more strenuous walks alike; and six ‘promoted routes’ start in, pass close by or go through
Disley, including the Gritstone Trail, Midshires Way and North Cheshire Way.Our pubs, cafe and excellent rail and bus links with Manchester, Stockportand Buxton, make Disley an ideal centre for walkers.

The Society, established in 1999, and can look back with pride at a number of achievements since then:

  • footbridges installed
  • signposts repaired
  • new footpaths designated
  • as well as the on-going battle with encroaching vegetation.

The overall result is that Disley has some of the best signposted and maintained footpaths in Cheshire. Additionally, we offer an organised walks programme each year and arrange general meetings twice a year with guest speakers.

Walks Programme 2020

The Disley Footpaths Society Walks Programme for 2020 is due to be announced shortly.

“Walkers are Welcome” in Disley

Disley’s bid to become a full member of this UK-wide national accreditation scheme has been successful! The application was submitted on behalf of the village by DFS and accreditation received in 2015.  More information can be found at Walkers are Welcome scheme.

Ramblers Association Annual Report 2019

2019 Disley & Newtown Footpaths Report by the Ramblers Association

(Please click above to download)

The above report is produced annually by volunteer Footpath Inspectors from East Cheshire Ramblers. It is shared with Disley Footpath Society and also passed to Cheshire East Rights Of Way Dept. to assist with remedial and maintenance work.

This and other activities of East Cheshire Ramblers can be found on http://ramblerseastcheshire.org.uk.  New members are always welcome to join a thriving walking programme.

The path classifications are:-

A          Good

B          Acceptable – minor remedial work suggested

C          Usable with difficulty – specific work suggested to meet legal requirements

D          Obstructed – significant work required (or closed as official closure for engineering work). Diversion may exist.

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01663 762726
The Parish Council Office is open from 9.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday

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