Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

The Continuing Saga of The Heights

Jim Foster, Footpath Inspector

This article is from Signpost 59, Spring 2019

The last edition of Signpost contained a report on the removal of a long-standing obstruction on Bradshaw North 63 at The Heights, thus reopening the public right of way, and part of the Rotary Way, through the back gardens of six houses. This seemingly was a success for PNFS and Bolton Council, who promised to waymark the route. However since then, and before waymarking could be carried out, the footpath was again obstructed by the same householder who caused the original problem.

This latest obstruction was brought to the attention of Andrew Smith, Bolton’s PROW officer, who immediately arranged for it to be removed and for extensive waymarking of the route through the gardens to be carried out. Although the waymarking should make walkers feel more comfortable about passing through the gardens it is still not an ideal solution. Andrew agrees that a diversion of the footpath away from the gardens and through an adjacent elevated field would solve the problem and hopes to gain the co-operation of the various householders and neighbouring landowner for this to happen.

The approach to The Heights
The previously obstructed gap
Garden waymarking

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