Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)


Funding for improvements.

Do you know a path that needs a boardwalk over boggy ground, a path on a steep slope where steps would be an improvement, difficult stiles that could be replaced by gates, a path that is permanently slippery and muddy where installing a hard surface would increase its use?

We all know those kinds of path. Now funds are available to get these problems fixed.

We are keen to support Footpath and Walking Groups, Affiliated Societies, Wildlife Trusts, Rights of Way Teams in Highway or Parks Authorities and Landowners. If there are projects which would not otherwise be funded, PNFS may be able to finance reasonable solutions.

The Society may offer a donation towards the cost of making improvements to an open space or public access right including definitive rights of way, within the PNFS area.

Our donations may be used for funding:

Who can apply? You are eligible if you’re:

How the grant works:

Applicants for improvement funding can apply for donations normally up to a limit of £10,000 (the Society may consider awarding more. Contact the Improvements Officer by email,, to discuss your proposal)

PNFS will assess all applications to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria as set out by the Charity Commission. The criteria can be read HERE. We will award funds to projects that represent the best value for money.

So, if you know a path that you would like to see improved, talk to the highway authority rights of way officer and put together a proposal to the Society. If we judge that this is a good use of the Society’s funds, we will be happy to provide the finance.

Interested? - Then download an application form by clicking HERE complete all the sections and email a copy to

Improvement Projects Already Funded

Read HERE about a project that we have funded in in Cheshire East.

Another project that PNFS has funded alongside Bollington Town Council. Our contribution enabled this pedestrian gate to be installed that replaced a stile on Bollington FP2 near Mount Farm. Bollington Town Council undertook the work on installing the steps. The before and after photos show the challenge walkers faced with this stile and the fantastic difference the work has made in improving access.

The society's Improvement Policy can be viewed or downloaded HERE.

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