In an ideal world, all footpaths would be clear and accessible throughout their length, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Peak & Northern inspectors regularly monitor paths in their parishes, but you also can help improve the quality of our paths by reporting any faults to the society, using the fault reporting form. We are not able to accept fault reports by telephone.
Faults which should be reported include Obstructions, Stiles, Bridges, Animals, Surface Condition, and Signs.
Obstructions of the way constitute the most serious faults, such as:
A stile or bridge which is is difficult and/or dangerous to use should be reported. Walkers vary immensely in agility and head for heights, so a stile which an athletic rock climber will enjoy scrambling over in fifteen seconds may be so defective that most other walkers will take several frightening minutes to get over it. Please apply the test ‘Can this right of way be used safely and easily by everyone who is likely to walk it?' Every stile should have a stepboard and a secure handhold – without these it is merely a fence.
Where the path surface is boggy, covered by water, mud, dung, overgrown vegetation, or ruts, and these faults cannot easily be bypassed, so that walking over the way is much more arduous than users should reasonably expect in such a location having regard to prevailing weather, then these should be reported.
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