Dronfield Woodhouse and the Lea Brook Valley (23rd May 2024)

On a cool and cloudy evening, six of our members gathered in the Dronfield Woodhouse Sports and Social Club car park.

Our leader, Joe is very familiar with all the green spaces and cut-throughs in this area, so he had put together an urban walk that linked many of the green spaces including the Lea Brook Valley, an area that is particularly close to his heart. Joe is one of the volunteers that keeps the Lea Brook Valley looking good.

Joe took us to the start point of the brook and spoke to us about the continual battle they have with mace or “bulrush” which clogs up the waterways and which is incredibly difficult to get rid of. As we worked our way down the valley Joe pointed out some of the work that has been done in the part of the valley that runs behind the sports centre, for example the installation of numerous bird boxes.

Just before reaching the end of the path, we turned off towards Moonpenny Park, a lovely green space that many Dronfield folk may not be aware of.

Our homeward leg took us along the footpath that follows the fringe of the estate above Gosforth Drive and then through Sindlefingen Park and Gosforth Fields.

Many thanks to Joe for creating and leading a very interesting walk which some of us from the “other side” were not familiar with.