Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Signpost 53, February 2017

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Chairman's Piece
by David Hurrell

During the short days of December and January, there can be many contrasts in the weather. Dank days of little wind and poor visibility, contrasting with sparkling, sunny days of clear blue skies and views of distant hills. Walking is not just about walking, but also about seeing the many facets of the countryside. ...

Report on our Half Yearly Meeting
by David Hurrell and Rhoda Barnett

Around 60 members gathered at the Britannia Hotel in Stockport on Saturday 19th November for the Half Yearly Meeting of the Society. Members heard reports of the activities of the Society from various sections and of the financial health of the Society. ...

The Peak District Boundary Walk
by Julie Gough

The current Peak District National Park boundary is almost identical to the one drawn up and proposed by the Friends of the Peak District founders – Ethel and Gerald Haythornthwaite – nearly 80 years ago. ...

Derbyshire County Council - a Changed Approach for 2017

Mike Ashworth, Strategic Director of Economy, Transport and Communities for Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has recently written to all landowners within the Council’s area. He is advising them that in 2017, DCC will be taking a different approach to the way they investigate reports about paths that are either obstructed, or have not been re-instated following cultivation of the land. ...

Footpaths under Threat
by Terry Norris

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 gave walkers the right to roam on open country, but was compromised by giving landowners section 53, which provides that footpaths and bridleways that existed on 1st January 1949, but are not recorded on the definitive map on 1st January 2026, will be extinguished. ...

Peak and Northerns 120th Anniversary Celebration
by Ian Salvage

On 29th May 1897, the Snake Path, from Hayfield to the Snake Pass Inn, was formally opened by PNFS’s first President, Sir William H Bailey. This had been the first ‘battle’ for the Society, successfully won against the landowners, using tact and diplomacy as the main ‘weapons’. The path was thus ‘secured for ever to the public’. ...

Replacement of Shelf Brook Bridge

Shelf Brook runs West off Shelf Moor on Bleaklow, joining Glossop Brook in the town of Glossop. In heavy rain, it can become a raging torrent, and even at calmer times, there is a substantial flow in it. The Doctor’s Gate footpath runs alongside the Brook for much of its length. ...

The Peak Forest Tramway
by Ian Salvage and Ian Edgar MBE

The Peak Forest Tramway once linked Bugsworth Canal Basin, at the head of the Peak Forest Canal, to the limestone quarries at Dove Holes Dale in Derbyshire. It allowed limestone to be carried from the quarries down to Bugsworth Canal Basin, where it was transferred into boats and thence via Manchester, to the Mersey Basin and far beyond. ...

Signpost Report
by David Morton

Short Walks Programme

Longer Walks Programme

The Walking Partnership
by Paul Easthope

PNFS has recently joined The Walking Partnership. This new partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups so that they can organise group walks, encourage people to get out walking, clear and improve footpaths, provide equipment to help walkers etc. ...

Our Thanks to Hilda Bowler
by David Gosling

Hilda Bowler and her husband Peter were long-standing volunteers at Taylor House. Hilda was already a key team member when David Bratt became Chair in 2004. ...

My Favourite Pub
by Ken Brockway

Why is it that the best pubs have the worst footpath links? At first glance, Kirk Ireton is surrounded by a good network of paths but to the West, Carsington Reservoir soon diverts us onto the popular perimeter path. Looking east things are better - the Ecclesbourne valley offers some excellent walking on underused paths. ...

In Memory: Jose Sutton
by David Bratt and Keith Wykes

We were saddened to hear that Jose Sutton died on 4th December 2016. ...

Smalley Footpath No 14
by John Harker and Martin Davis

A stile on Footpath No 14 in the parish of Smalley (NW of Ilkeston, in the Amber Valley) was damaged and had almost disappeared under a jungle of undergrowth when we visited it in May 2015. ...

Help Needed!
by David Gosling

At Taylor House, there are boxes of unsorted documents, maps and photos. Is there someone out there who would revel in the opportunity to delve into the history of the society? ...

Tony Brackenbury has managed to 'up the ante' on the number of markers and signs on a single post. The photo shows PNFS Signpost no 222 near Peak Forest with some new additional waymarks, making a total of 10 markers: 2 P&N markers; 4 carved markers; and 4 way markers (there are two carved markers on the blindside of the 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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