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Melbourne Footpaths Group

We are a volunteer group that is also concerned with maintaining, repairing and promoting the local footpath network. We run regular walks but our work is mainly practical: clearing paths, repairing stiles, erecting and repairing signs and waymarking paths.

Members are encouraged to walk a small number of paths twice a year to check on their condition (Melbourne has 36) and report back to the group. We have regular working parties to maintain our local paths. We are always on the look out for extra pairs of hands! The Footpaths Group is the lead body in promoting “Walkers are Welcome” status.

Group Members at Ramsley, Melbourne
Group Members at Ramsley, Melbourne

Melbourne is the first Walkers are Welcome Town in Derbyshire. It is a small market town in South Derbyshire, close to the Leicestershire border and just inside the National Forest. The town is attractive with good local shopping, pubs, cafes and visitor accommodation. The Parish Church and Melbourne Hall and its gardens are popular tourist attractions whilst the annual Arts Festival (mid September) has received national recognition.

Melbourne is a very popular walking centre with paths leading into rolling country through the estates of Melbourne Hall, Calke Abbey and Staunton Harold Hall. The town is close to several long distance routes such as the Ivanhoe Way, the Derby Round, the National Forest Way and the Cross Britain Way. Routes around Staunton Harold and Foremark Reservoirs also add to the variety of walking terrain.

Julia Bradbury

Julia Bradbury – Broadcaster and keen walker

The Walkers Are Welcome Scheme is a truly innovative project. It’s such a simple concept: set up an accreditation scheme for walk-friendly towns, then encourage the towns to network together for support, advice and ideas. That simplicity has led to jaw dropping success…”

We are grateful for grant support from
South Derbyshire CVS &
Melbourne Civic Society
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