Walkers step up to improve footpath

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Walkers have put their best foot forward to help improve a popular footpath running between Denby and Belper.

Denby Footpath Group joined forces with Derbyshire County Council as part of a clear-up operation on the walkway, which had become very worn and strewn with plantlife.

The majority of the well-used route - which runs from Openwoodgatein Belper to Denby - has been cleared of overhanging vegetation and widened to three metres to make it more accessible.

In addition, large parts of the footpath have been resurfaced to make it easier to use.

Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Andrew Lewer, said: “Before the work was carried out the footpath would get very muddy andwas overgrown.

“We have received positive reports from walkers who are already making the most of it and have told us what an amazing transformation there has been.

“Members of Denby Footpath Group have been a big help with this project which is very much appreciated.”

Denby Footpath Group member Brian Crossland said: “The footpath had become very overgrown so this really is a huge improvement.

“It has been a terrific effort all round and we are delighted with the work that has been done.”

The funding for the improvements came from Derbyshire County Council’s rights of way improvement plan budget.