Peak & Northern Footpaths Society promotes the interests of public footpath users. As a registered charity, we monitor, protect and improve rights of way for the benefit of everyone. Whether footpath users are ramblers, runners, dog walkers or just strollers, we’re here to help each other. We are dependent on donations and membership to fund our work which is all done by volunteers. To get involved please click here.

New Membership Rates

The society recently held its Annual General Meeting. The issue of our membership rates was discussed. They were last increased in 2010, and since then prices have risen appreciably. The members at the AGM voted in favour of a proposal to increase our membership rates by approximately 30%.

The new and old rates are shown below:

Type New Old
Individual £20.00 £15.00
Household £30.00 £25.50
Affiliate £30.00 £22.50
Consessionary £10.00 £7.50

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Footpath in dark woods leading out into sunshine

Our team of over 150 Footpath Inspectors, all volunteers, regularly walk footpaths, checking for problems such as broken stiles. They report any issues to the responsible local authority, and follow up each case to ensure the problems are resolved. Path Checkers also report footpath problems to us, which we investigate.


Peak and Northern area: Lancs, West Yorks, South Yorks, Gtr Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Staffs and Derby

We often provide funding to assist in the repair of damaged footpaths and bridges. We investigate planning proposals, and our Courts & Inquiries team take action to ensure that the interests of walkers are properly taken into account.


Wooden bridge over a small rocky stream

The PNFS Signpost Team erect signposts to aid walkers and help them enjoy the outdoors. There are hundreds across the length and breath of our region, and more are being added all the time. The society also funds improvement projects.

Footpath Inspector Path Checker Courts & Inquiries Signpost Team

Find out more about all of our volunteering opportunities here.

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