Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Signpost Report, Winter 2019

David Morton, Signposts Officer and Trustee

This article is from Signpost 63, Winter 2019

New Signposts

Two new signposts have been installed, taking the total to 522 (click on the signpost number to see photograph and location).

S595 at GR SD 94768 10325, at the top of Jordan Brow, Crompton Fold, Crompton FPs 30 and 35; in honour of Ida Ashworth, founder and president of Oldham Wednesday Walkers, whose members funded the sign. Photograph by TedÿWolfe

S597 at GR SK 07161 99420, at the back of Crowden campsite, Tintwistle, Longdendale on FPs 15 and 23; IMO Neville 'Nev' McGraw; funded by our treasurer Paul Easthope.

Thanks to our editor Shirley Addy, seven signposts: 594, 598, 599, 601, 602, 603 and S604 are ready to be erected around the lower Ribble Valley and Bowland. Access for S598 and S599 will require a prolonged dry spell.

S594 at SD 65371 36406, north of Stydd Manor farm, Ribchester

S598 at SD 68448 33648, at Ashes Farm, Copster Green, Ribble Valley

S599 at SD 67995 33286, at Ashes Farm, Copster Green, Ribble Valley

S601 and S602 at Pain Hill Farm, one mile west of Slaidburn

S603 and S604 at Little Snodworth, Wilpshire, north of Blackburn

S600 at Bickerton, suggested by footpath inspector John Alexander, has been delayed, but should be ready soon.

Thanks to Brian Parke, I am hoping for one or two new signs in Wingerworth, Chesterfield, as well as a thirteenth one in Ashover via member Richard Felton.

Further suggestions by footpath inspectors are always welcome, especially for signs in 'sign-free' rural parishes.


Three more signs have been shot-blasted, powder-coated and 'highlighted', prior to being fitted to new posts. They are 141, 161 and 222.

S142 stands on the NW side of Shutlingsloe, on Wildboarclough FPs 23 and 37.

S161 stands in front of Jenkin Chapel. Its softwood post had been provided by CCC after it had been cut down by the BBC, who were filming the marriage scene for 'Jane Eyre' at Jenkin Chapel. It is in memory of Lil Almond from Canada.

S262 stands at Dam Side Farm, Peak Forest and, like 142, had fallen over.

My Access Database enables me to list our 522 signs in order of 'Date Last Inspected', so I have recently been in action inspecting neglected signposts. Yesterday I went over to Thorpe Salvin near Worksop, where we have three signposts on the Cuckoo Way/Chesterfield Canal. S523 is only 100 m west of the Derbys/Notts boundary! I also checked signs at Moscar, Aston (Rotherham), Holmesfield and Owler Bar. In August I got up to Low Gill, Wray to check two signs, while I was checking locations for 601 and 602 at Slaidburn.

Memorial Plaques

On 15 August a plaque was fixed to S510 in Hope Woodlands by Bill Buckley and myself in memory of his dear wife Margaret, who repainted remote S247 for us at the head of William Clough (see photograph)

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: Parish Notes ~ Whaley Bridge

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