Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Signpost 52, Autumn 2016

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The View from the Chair
by David Hurrell

Thoughts of the past summer, with its variable weather conditions, will soon be a distant memory. We have had pleasant days for walking, but equally some rather poor, unseasonal ones. ...

Wildness and Wet
by Roly Smith

One of the biggest news stories of the year has been the unprecedented flooding, especially in the north of England. Places like Hebden Bridge, the Calder Valley and Carlisle have been devastated yet again, and much has been made of the need for greater flood protection. ...

Retirement of a Long-Standing Inspector, Robert Fysh
by June Mabon

Robert Fysh was first introduced to the PNFS by his fellow steam railway enthusiast and footpath champion, Donald Lee. Joining in the early 1960s, he soon found himself volunteering to be the Footpath Inspector for Trafford. ...

Cycling on Public Footpaths - a personal view
by Gavin Miller

Your Chairman, David Hurrell, mentioned in his opening remarks that the Society had decided to oppose the current campaign by British Cycling for cyclists (see link below) to be able to ride bikes along all Public Footpaths. ...

Another successful footbridge project
by Neil Collie

In a third successful project carried out in collaboration with Stockport Council, a donation to PNFS from a former member, John Pickstone, helped improve a tricky crossing of Gigg Brook, North of Etherow Country Park, Compstall. ...

Getting to Know the Long Distance Walkers Association
by David Gosling

The Long Distance Walkers’ Association (LDWA) was formed in 1972 to further the common interests of those who enjoy Long Distance Walking. Since then, it has grown from 355 members to over 7,000 at present. Local Groups are the life-blood of the Association, organising walks and other social events. ...

Commemorating our Society’s First Success
by Ian Salvage

When our Society was founded on 16th August 1894, its immediate priority was to establish the existence of a right of way from Hayfield to the Woodlands at Ashopdale – often referred to as the Snake Path. ...

Walking the Write Way
by Dave Rigby

I can’t remember when it started – maybe I’ve always done it. Making up stories as I walk! ...

Our First Commemorative Gate
by Paul Easthope

Last year, our Management Team decided to further help people with disabilities by funding suitable projects that would replace stiles with gates. The idea was proposed at last year’s Half-Year Meeting and approved by the Members present. ...

Mike Barnes – Obituary
by Mel Bale

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Mike Barnes, the society's Webmaster, died on 8th September of prostate cancer. Mike was a lifelong walker and outdoor enthusiast. ...

Short Walks Programme

Longer Walks Programme

The Pennine Way: The Path, the People, the Journey
by Judy Brown

This book gives you far more than an account of one man’s 268-mile trek from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. As you’d expect, there’s the scenery he saw, the places he stayed, the people he met along the way. ...

Signpost Report
by David Morton

Two New Footpaths
by John Harker

2 new public footpaths were recently added to Stocksbridge Parish (Sheffield) Definitive Map by a confirmed Order. Hunshelf Parish Council (affiliated to PNFS) claimed them as rights of way. ...

Socialising with the Earl of Derby
by Keith Wykes

On 14 August 2016, I spent a very pleasant day - picking bilberries along Charity Lane (Macclesfield Forest And Wildboarclough CP) for a plated bilberry pie on Christmas Day. ...

Members’ Favourite Cafés - Scarthin Café in Cromford
by Mel Bale

Scarthin café is unique in the Peak District. Not only is it one of the only vegetarian and vegan cafés in the National Park but it is also located within what is arguably the most eclectic book shop in Derbyshire if not the North Midlands. ...

On the recent Marsden Long Walk, a contender was spotted for the most waymarked post.
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Signpost is edited and published for the Society by Ian Salvage, Postal: contact via Taylor House, 23 Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport, SK1 4AB. Design and Print by Lymetrees (Tel / text 07984 059150).
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