Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

The Society’s First Footpath Improvement Scheme

Paul Easthope, Treasurer and Trustee

This article is from Signpost 60, Summer 2019

Following the slight change in our constitution last year. We immediately started to look round for suitable footpath improvement schemes. We contacted the Peak District National Park Authority to outline our new policy. After a productive meeting they presented two schemes. One near Hulme End in the Manifold valley on Warslow and Elkstone FP6 at SK1009 5908, the other near Hathersage. The Hathersage scheme turned out to be maintenance work and thus did not fit our “improvement” criteria.

PDNPA presented us with costings and David Hurrell and myself visited the site to ascertain the suitability of the scheme and if it was within the criteria of our new policy. We both felt that it did. The Trustees approved the expenditure and we then informed PDNPA we would donate the full cost.

The project was to remove a badly deteriorated boardwalk and replacing it with one twice the length. Initially one stile was to be replaced with a gate but we suggested a stile further down the path also to be replaced with a gate.

The project is now complete. This allows walkers to cross a very boggy area on the new boardwalk and to be able walk the whole length of the path back to the Manifold Trail without having to climb a stile. The total cost of the scheme funded by the Society was £3425.50. Pictures show the improvements and how it was before.

If you know of a footpath crying out for an improvement project then get in touch and we will assess whether it is one we can take on.


Next: Parish Notes ~ Darley Dale

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