Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Signpost 65, Autumn 2020

Welcome to the online edition of Signpost. This is an alternative to the print edition.

by Mel Bale and David Gosling

It is encouraging that an initiative by Trustee, Jenny Allen to advertise volunteering opportunities for PNFS on the website proved to be remarkably successful.

by Shirley Addy

I was so delighted when the lockdown eased that I was able to complete my 31st parish in the Ribble Valley...

AGM and Walks Programme

The Trustees have decided that the AGM planned for Saturday, 17 October 2020 will be held online.

Now it is burned out vehicles
by John Harker

Lockdown has seen my partner and I exploring more local paths and green spaces.

Reflections Magazine

In the August 2020 issue of Reflections, which is a Derbyshire lifestyle magazine, there was a three page article about the PNFS.

The Society as a Statutary Consultee
by Terry Norris

On our website we state that “Local Authorities in the region are required by law to inform us about proposals diverting or closing rights of way”.

Letter to the Editor
by Gordon Richards

A couple of comments on Signpost No 64.

Quiz Part 2
by Ken Brockway

These lanes form a long route leading south from the National Park's Minninglow car park via the High Peak Trail. It is potentially very useful for walkers, especially the less able, when the field paths are impassable due to mud

Membership and FID Update
by Mel Bale

I would like to thank the many members and organisations who have already responded to the membership renewal reminders that were sent out with the Summer issue of Signpost.

Cross-Country Water
by David Gartside

How some water heading for the Mersey and the Irish Sea used to end up in the Trent and the North Sea - and all by gravity.

Willington Ferry Road
by Ken Brockway

Two villages in South Derbyshire standing on opposite banks of the River Trent have their own claim to fame. Willington on the north bank had two power stations, both demolished by 2000 but retains the landmark of five cooling towers.

Inspector Spotlight: Linda Smith
by David Gosling

In this new series we will be focusing on some of the 125 hard working volunteers who are Footpath Inspectors.

Chaple-en-le-Frith FP108
by Tony Brackenbury

I took on Chapel-en-le-Frith parish in 2009. Its bridge was in a poor condition on my first inspection in 2010. This was duly reported to Derbyshire Council County and has been several times since.

Book Review: Day Walks in the South Pennines
by Mel Bale

Paul Besley’s latest book is a very welcome addition to the ever-growing range of walking titles on our bookshelves.

Fault Reports, Path Checkers and Other PNFS Members
by David Gosling

Peak and Northern is a charity which aims to protect and improve public access on rights of way. A key part of what we do is to monitor rights of way and lobby highway authorities to remove obstructions, ensure stiles and gates are in good condition, maintain signposts and so on.

Tallest Ladder Stile Ever?
by Shirley Addy

During a recent inspection of the PROWs in West Bradford, Ribble Valley, I came across what may be the tallest ladder stile ever made.

Slow Ways
by Ken Brockway

Slow Ways is a project to create a national network of footpaths linking places of interest and where we live. Well, that's my definition and you may quickly reply that we already have such a network, but do we?

Daniel Raven-Ellison Interview
by Ken Brockway

Slow ways are a network of 7,000 walking routes that connect about 2,500 towns, cities and principal destinations across Great Britain.

Signpost Report
by David Morton

Up to May we had only managed to install one new signpost in 2020, ie 605 at Brown’s Houses on Silverdale footpath 14. Covid 19, heatwaves, reimposed lockdowns, thunderstorms, etc haven’t helped since, but we’ve certainly worked quite hard and made some progress as follows.

Really Good News
by David Morton

Soon after I wrote the last report, two more volunteer signpost painters/helpers contacted me.

Parish Notes ~ Holme Valley
by Andy Leader

The Holme Valley lies on the edge of the Peak District National park in Kirklees, West Yorkshire.

Blocked Path in Sheffield
by John Harker

During lockdown I could only take a local walk and came across the fallen tree a few weeks ago.

Lockdown Revelations
by David Bratt

My wife, Beth and I have been fortunate to have had an enjoyable lockdown. The key to this has been the ability to embrace the joys of walking and all that nature had to offer from spring through to summer.

Signposts available for commemoration

Have you enjoyed reading David Morton's Signpost Update in this issue?

Book Review: Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East
by Shirley Addy

First published in 2004, this is the third edition of Paul Besley's guide of over forty walks covered by the eastern sheet of Ordnance Survey White Peak map OL24.

Lockdown Wildflower Meadow
by John Harker

This photograph is of a wildflower meadow adjacent to the allotment that my partner and I have, not far from home in Sheffield.

Closing Credits

Signpost is edited and published for the Society by Shirley Addy, Postal: contact via Taylor House, 23 Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport, SK1 4AB. Design and Print by Lymetrees (Tel / text 07984 059150).
The views expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of the Society

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