Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Signpost Report, Spring 2019

David Morton, Signposts Officer and Trustee

This article is from Signpost 60, Summer 2019

New Signposts

We have installed six new signposts as follows: (click on the signpost number to see photograph and location)

S580 at Knowl Farm, Norden, Rochdale

S589, S590, S591, S592, S593 on the moorland above Higher Gills Farm, Rimington and Middop, in the Ribble Valley to the east of Clitheroe and Pendle Hill, which should make PNFS better known.

I continued to catch up with inspections and visited forty-two, including S308 and S358, which are standing intact, but very close to the burnt heather on Marsden Moor NT estate. Most of the others were around Lyme Park, Wirksworth, Tunstead Milton and the Alport Valley, where I took the opportunity to visit the two memorials to the Rover Scouts who died there in a snowstorm in 1964 and to check S516, our most truncated signpost, at Alport Castle - see rear cover.

With the help of Roger Bennett of Buxton MRT and PNFS members Martin Riley and Joe Park, I got consents for new signs as follows:

S582 near Roaches Gate, Upper Hulme, Staffs., IMO the late John Mayer, who served Buxton MRT for 54 years!

S595above Jordan Brow, Crompton Fold, Oldham, in honour of Ida Ashworth, BEM, who founded “Oldham Wednesday Walkers” in 1986

S596at Abraham’s Leap on the Sandstone Trail, IMO Brian Whitworth, late secretary of “Cheshire Tally Ho!”

The 60 cm stainless steel disc for Toposcope 3 was delivered and plans were made for its installation near the trig point on Win Hill. Frost, lambing and knee problems led to their postponement.


The main effort has gone into re-furbishing and re-instating signs with rotten posts. Five have been shot-blasted, powder-coated and fixed to concrete stumps. The aim is to make them more durable. They are:

S192 at Izaak Walton Farm near Ilam

S214 a rotten hardwood fingerpost near the old candle-wicks mill on the Todd Brook, Kettleshulme

S264 above Tansley Dale at The Farm, Litton, Tideswell

S265 at Hollingworth Hall Farm, Hobson Moor Road, Longdendale

S104 at Cumberland Brook, Clough House, Wildboarclough is one step off completion. NB: It will be set back from the road to avoid future damage by road salt.

Plaques were fitted to signs in Ashover in honour of retired Footpath Inspector Keith Feltham and local footpaths maintainer Richard Felton (read about it elsewhere in this issue).

News flash! Editor Shirley Addy has joined the Signposts Team. See the Inspectors Newsletter for her model proposals for new signs.

I can be contacted on: 0161 283 7824, if you have any questions.

Have a look at the Signpost Gallery on our website to see the location of all our signposts together with photos -

Next: The Society’s First Footpath Improvement Scheme

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