Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)


Footpath Inspection Team

David Gosling
Footpath Inspection Co-ordinator
John Fisher
Linda Smith

David looks after the society's team of over 150 footpath inspectors, managing their recruitment, training and development. Each inspector has a designated area, and regularly walks the public rights of way in that area, to make sure that they are safe, unobstructed, and properly signed. He/she also investigates issues reported to the society by members of the public. If there is a problem the inspector reports it to the relevant highway authority and monitors progress towards a satisfactory solution.

David is supported by John Fisher, who handles fault reports from Path Checkers and other walkers and Linda Smith who assists with communication with inspectors.

Inspectors record their inspection reports on the Footpath Inspections Database (FID) which is available to view by all PNFS members on a password protected website.

Inspectors also investigate any proposed changes to the public rights of way network in their area and prepare reports for the Consultations & Orders team (see below).

Signposts Team

David Morton
Signpost Officer
Peter Ash
Signposts Volunteer

John Hodgson, Signposts Contractor (L), and
Ted Wolfe, Signposts Volunteer (R)

Although the many metal signposts are the main focus of the team, they also keep an eye on several fingerposts, two view indicators and three plaques. See the page About Our Signposts for more information.

For new signposts the work involves handling enquiries from individuals and clubs who want a memorial/commemorative signpost, selecting sites, obtaining landowners' permission, design, ordering, painting, and erecting. For existing signposts there is regular inspection, cleaning, photographing and painting together with occasional repair and complete refurbishment or replacement. All are listed on a computer database, which is easier to update and to access, but lacks the charm of the older hand-written records with their careful, hand-drawn illustrations and black and white photographs.

The society engages a paid contractor - John Hodgson of Mellor, assisted by a volunteer - Ted Wolfe of Macclesfield, for the heavy jobs, such as erecting new signposts, which can be distant from roads. The efforts of the team are supplemented from time to time by other members of the society.

Bridges and Footpath Improvements

Nigel Howe

The society contributes towards the cost of new or replacement footbridges on public footpaths which have fallen into disrepair. Certain criteria have to be met before any donation is approved by the trustees. Nigel develops suggestions and negotiates with the relevant authority over the extent and cost of the work to be carried out. The work is organised and executed by contractors working for the authority. On completion, Nigel is involved with the arrangements for a hand-over ceremony and for publicity in the local press.

See page Footbridges for more information.

Consultations & Orders Team

Terry Norris
Consultations & Orders
Team Leader
Brian Hamilton
Consultations & Orders
John Grimsey
Consultations & Orders

The Consultations & Orders team (also known as the "assessors") receives details of proposed changes and orders from highway authorities. The proposals are evaluated in consultation with the inspector and area officer, and a carefully considered response is sent back to the highway authority.


Mel Bale
Membership Secretary

Mel deals with all aspects of membership: new membership applications, renewals, subscriptions, enquiries, etc. Information is held on a computer database, which is also used for distribution of magazines, annual reports, invitations to meetings, etc.

Courts & Inquiries Team

Members of the Courts & Inquiries team are responsible for progressing major faults such as serious obstructions, and represent the society at public inquiries and magistrates' courts.

Jenny Allen
Courts & Inquiries Officer
Rhoda Barnett
Courts & Inquiries Officer
Martin Hampar
Courts & Inquiries Officer
John Harker
Courts & Inquiries Officer
South Yorkshire
except Barnsley
Andy Leader
Udo Pope
Courts & Inquiries Officer


Paul Easthope

Paul is responsible for all financial matters including all payments and expenses. He also draws up our monthly management accounts and works closely with our financial examiner to produce our annual statements in accordance with Charity Commission guidelines.


Shirley Addy
Signpost Magazine Editor
Mel Bale

Shirley edits the society's quarterly publications, Signpost magazine and Waymark newsletter and Mel looks after our website and distributes the electronic versions of the magazine and newsletter. Please email them if you would like to contribute to the magazine, newsletter or the website, OR

Additional volunteers

Dave Brown
Office Manager
Roger Fielding
FID Developer
Andrew Harter

Related pages

Area officers Officers & trustees About volunteering More about the PNFS

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