Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Update on The Heights

Jim Foster and David Bratt

This article is from Signpost 58, Autumn 2018

You may remember that we featured the ongoing battle to secure access rights on a Public Right of Way (PROW) at "The Heights". Thanks to the commitment of Jim, with the support of Bolton Council, in particular Andrew Smith (PROW Officer), we have secured progress on this. There is still work to be done to get this right, but walkers can now pass. It seems likely that when all this settles down, the path will be diverted away from the gardens.

The original sign discouraging
walkers from using the PRoW
The PRoW blockage between 2 gardens.
The barrel is filled with ballast and is immovable.

On 2nd August, Andrew wrote to Jim with the news that: "We have served notice on the owner of no 6, The Heights. The notice period to enable us to remove the obstruction and signage has now expired and I am awaiting a response from the police to be in attendance when we attend site with the contractor. This has been slightly delayed because the occupier has sent correspondence that required our solicitor to respond, staff being on leave has also delayed matters. I cannot give any exact time but action is imminent."

Then on 7th August, Jim reported: "Stop press news today from Andrew Smith, Bolton’s PRoW officer, who has reported to me that the obstruction at the Heights has been removed, and that waymarkers are about to be put up. A result at last."

The amended notice, which is apparently permissible
according to Bolton’s PRoW officer
The blockage has been moved, the barrel emptied,
but the adjacent shrub is now growing into the gap

So the persistence and dedication of PNFS’s people does pay off, even if it sometimes seems to take an inordinate amount of time. Hopefully, the next update on this particular path will be further good news, as the saga is not yet over (see the photos left).

Editor’s Note: In the last newsletter, there was an error in the article concerning the bridge that was funded in Barnsley by PNFS. In the article ( it was mistakenly stated that the new footbridge and boardwalk were on Gunthorpe & Ingbirchworth footpath 2. They are actually at Gunthwaite. Apologies for any confusion caused.

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