John Harker, Area Officer Sheffield and Rotherham
This article is from Signpost 67, Spring 2021
This footpath is one for the connoisseur of the obscure footpaths in our network. Squeezed between housing estate and heavy industry on the Sheffield/Rotherham border. it was a footpath I hadn't walked since 2002. I know that because it was that date when the new "Rotherham Ring Route" was inaugurated circling Rotherham, and created by the Rotherham Ramblers' Group. I purchased a copy at the time and set off from the start point which happens to be where this footpath meets Sheffield Road at Templeborough. See website for more details: Rotherham Ring Route.
Back then Rotherham Council had spent a lot of time and money improving the footpath on their side of the boundary. However, as is often the case, time had taken its toll. The three photos attached show a snapshot of what I found on October 7th last. Wearing shorts that day didn't help. Overgrowth and undergrowth rendered progress slow and sometimes painful.
The footpath follow Chapel Flatt Dike, a stream forming the Sheffield Rotherham border. The path crossed the dike by bridge twice, shifting between the two Highway Authorities. Even I wasn't 100% sure who would need to do what.
So, my report and photos went to both and between them everything was dealt with satisfactorily by 16 November 2020. Thanks to staff at Sheffield and Rotherham PROW Units, especially Rotherham who had a lot of clearance to do.
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