Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

French Walkers Rights

David Morton, Signposts Officer and Trustee

This article is from Signpost 63, Winter 2019

The Club Vosgien seems to be the French answer to walkers' rights. You may know of it already, but if you don?t, here is a link (see below) sent to me by a member of the public who recently wrote to me about PNFS signs that have gone missing over the years and are no longer listed on our website. He lives near Owler Bar and coincidentally spotted me on my tour of inspection last week. He may come to Taylor House at some point to look at our records.

The tab on their website dealing with signs is called 'le balisage', which also can mean beacons, buoys and runway lights. According to Wikipedia the club's head office is in Strasbourg. It was founded in 1872, when I imagine it was under Prussian occupation. Its first chairman was Curt Mundel, whose guidebook was in German. It has 111 local branches and about 34,000 members! I wonder if it was known to our founding fathers in 1894 when PNFS was formed.

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