Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Signpost 67, Spring 2021

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From the Chair
by Kathy McLean

As 2021 started, so did my role as Chair of the Society. I want to pay tribute to my predecessor, David Hurrell, who sadly passed away in 2020. David was a great advert for the society and a committed chair and path inspector.

by Shirley Addy

As I write this editorial, the country is in the grips of bitter cold weather as well as the lockdown restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vacancies for Courts & Inquiries Officers

Are you passionate about rights of way and interested in the legislation that helps to protect them? If a Highway Authority (HA) fails to fix a problem, could you help to give them a nudge or, if necessary, take enforcement action to get the problem fixed?


Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the 2021 AGM will be held online via Zoom at 11 am, 17 April 2021.

Peak & Northern Footpaths Society Members' Facebook Group

There is now a Facebook - Peak & Northern Footpaths Society Members' group. Find out more!

The Retirement of David Bratt, President
by David Gosling

David Bratt retired as the society's President at our AGM which was held belatedly via Zoom in October of last year.

Fault Reports Received by Taylor House
by John Fisher

Recently I took over responsibility for answering the emails from PNFS Path Checkers and from the general public via our website.

New Footbridge for Chapel-en-le-Frith FP77
by Tony Brackenbury

I got my New Year's present on 4 January 2021 with a new footbridge which I have been asking for over two years.

Digitalising Historic Correspondence
by Linda Smith

I would like to congratulate the team that has been busy digitising historic correspondence relating to public rights of way in our various parishes - David Brown, Jeff Coulson Graham Smith, Geoff Jones and Paul Easthope.

Inspector Spotlight: Chris Davison

David Gosling writes: Chris Davison has been a volunteer with PNFS since the early 1990s making him one of the longest serving footpath inspectors.

Obituary: Patrick Justin McCarthy
by John White

Patrick Justin McCarthy died in the autumn aged 91. Justin would have been known to many as a footpath inspector, active member and pioneer on claiming new rights of way.

Sheffield 209
by John Harker

Boundaries take many forms and their impact on people who try to cross them varies widely as many a walker or traveller knows.


Our new e-newsletter was sent out recently.

Wilpshire FP1
by Shirley M Addy

In June 2020, I asked the Wilpshire Parish Council if it could consider improving one of the four paths that meet at where PNFS's new signpost S598 was to be placed.

Obituary: Bob Proctor
by David Gosling

Bob Proctor was an active member of the Society until his death in January this year. He was a keen fell walker and was a rock climber in his earlier days.

Footpath 100 Saddleworth ~ Old Lane Footbridge Dobcross
by Ken Smith

Footpath 100 Saddleworth runs from Old Lane, Dobcross, Saddleworth North to Buckley Street with a short branch leading on to Chapel Street both coming out on to High Street Uppermill Saddleworth South.

Smisby FP24
by Ken Brockway

I said in an earlier article that research for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) application is like a jig-saw puzzle. I would now add that the puzzle is sometimes back in the box when that elusive missing piece is found.

Sheffield 452
by John Harker

This footpath is one for the connoisseur of the obscure footpaths in our network. Squeezed between housing estate and heavy industry on the Sheffield/Rotherham border. it was a footpath I hadn't walked since 2002.

Membership and Website News
by Mel Bale

In January of this year, the society’s membership had increased by almost 10% year on year!

A Victory in Calderdale
by Terry Norris

All planning applications potentially affecting a public right of way have to be advertised by a notice on the site of the proposed development and in a local newspaper.

Signpost Report
by David Morton

At the end of October we had 537 signposts in total. As at 31 January 2020 we have only 536. No new signposts were erected in the three month period, so this is a report on our maintenance and inspection work.

The Many Ways of Slow Ways
by Linda Smith

The benefits of walking for our physical and mental well-being are well known. Interest in hiking has increased year on year and particularly during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak when people were forced to find new forms of exercise close to home.

Fred Ogden - A Joint Appreciation
by David Bratt and David Morton

Fred was the society's Signpost Officer (Admin) twice, in 1992-93 and again in the early 2000s - a position he embraced with great enthusiasm and commitment.

Parish Notes ~ Long Eaton and Sawley
by Ken Brockway

Erewash Borough in Derbyshire is a well populated place with a mixed history of engineering, furniture making and lacemaking. The parishes of Long Eaton and Sawley blend into one, as do many others here.

Book Review: A Practical guide to Planning Law and Rights of Way in National Parks, the Broads and AONBs
by Jenny Allen and Rhoda Barnett

The C&IC were invited to review this new book as a possible addition to their library. The book is intended as a reference guide for lawyers and non-lawyers who need to have a working knowledge of this niche area of law.

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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