The people behind the Chesterfield Round Walk.
Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Ramblers’ Group

Dennis Ransby
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.


Rob Haslam

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.

Roger Barnes
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.


Gavin Johns
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.

John Morris
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.