The Peak and Northern Footpaths Society (PNFS) is committed to protecting and improving public rights of way and other access rights, which are an important part of our national heritage.
We seek to influence public bodies to encourage and support those wishing to engage in enjoying the outdoors, including walking, cycling, riding, and running, for people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and interests.
Our aim is for all rights of way in our region1 to be open and easy to use.
We record and monitor public rights of way, report problems to highway authorities, and we use appropriate legal action where necessary to preserve public access.
PNFS funds bridges, signposts, and other structures to improve rights of way.
1. Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire, the former Metropolitan Counties of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South and West Yorkshire and in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Derby, Halton, Stoke-on-Trent and Warrington.
Policy documents set out in detail what trustees and members can and cannot do in line with the Constitution. Please email us if you have any questions about our policies.
We can consider offering a donation towards the cost of making improvements to an open space, public right of way or other access point, for example: gates, steps, boardwalks or drainage ditches. This policy explains when we may do this and on what conditions.
This policy states how we’ll ensure that highway authorities uphold the Equality Act 2010. Authorities must make it possible, where viable, for people with disabilities to use public rights of way as others do, by replacing stiles with gates for example. We support authorities in making reasonable adjustments and we oppose them when they don’t.
Our Society is open to everyone. This policy sets out our inclusive and welcoming approach.
As required by the Charity Commission, this policy explains what level of financial reserves we must hold and why.
A guide to good practice in all forms of written communication, including emails and text messages.
The Charity Commission suggests that charities with investments should have an investment advisory group or committee. We have such a group, consisting of trustees and a member with financial expertise.
This policy describes our procedure on making a donation to a highways authority towards the cost of funding improvements for a public space or right of way.
Our policy on making a donation to a highways authority towards the cost of providing a footbridge on a definitive public right of way.
This policy explains the Society’s position on cycling on public rights of way. It also includes what we consider to be best practice for shared use paths. The policy primarily addresses the sharing of paths by walkers and cyclists.
Details on how we handle personal information.
PNFS membership is open to anyone over 18. This policy explains our duty of care towards vulnerable people.
The Courts and Inquiries Committee is a decision-making committee established in accordance with the PNFS constitution to assist the Society to fulfil its constitutional objects.
How the Management Committee is structured and its procedures.