Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Signpost Report

David Morton, Signpost Officer

This article is from Signpost 66, Winter 2020

Since my August report in Signpost 65 we have gained and lost several more signposts. The total is 537.

Richard Honeywell

New Signposts since August


S614 at SJ 98051 80903 Higher Lane/Cornfield Road junction Lyme Handley FP25 on an existing tubular post.


S607 at SJ 98051 80903 on Sweet Hill, Handley Fold Farm on LH FP25, in memory of Reg Boot.

S612 at SE 16611 45038 on Ilkley FP65 at Burley in Wharfedale, in memory of Margaret Starmer.

S613 at SD 99684 07370 near Long Lane, Dobcross to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Saddleworth Pedestrians Association Walking Group, helped by PNFS footpath inspector Ken Smith, whose short video can be seen HERE


In late September at the end of a day’s signpost maintenance I 'cleaned and jerked' S369 (formerly S5), with its cast iron plate onto my roof bars at High Hills Cottage above Peep o’Day. I took it to SPC for powder-coating and shot-blasting, which is now done. Ross Myddelton of Urmston has joined the Signpost Team, raising the number to ten. All its new members have been issued with a kit to enable them to repaint signs in situ and Richard Honeywell has done a lovely job of repainting S155 (see above photographs) near Keeper’s Cottage, Pott Shrigley.

Ted Wolfe has continued to help John Hodgson with erecting signposts and so have Jeremy Jones of Hyde, Steve Brown of Disley and Andy McMullan of Ramsbottom. Andy also helped me to recover S319 (see photograph of him at sign), which had fallen over on Holcombe Moor, a long way uphill from my car.

S417, which was stolen from Taxal Moor Road probably by off-roaders, has been renewed.

S080, S330, S354 and S429 have been reinstated using concrete rail posts for durability.

S142 and S222 have been refurbished and reinstated at Macclesfield Forest and Peak Forest by John and Steve.

Andy McMullan

In early October, S371 at Claire House Children’s Hospice, Clatterbridge on the Wirral, was reported stolen via the website. It commemorated a very young boy called Thomas.

On 11 October, I retrieved S001’s plate at Carr Meadow, with the help of a passing off-road cyclist. It was heavy and the nuts took some shifting, having been undisturbed since 1963. I fixed a small plaque to the bare, angle-iron post, saying that the plate had been removed by PNFS for maintenance.

on 17 October, S286 and S319, repainted and on new posts, were reinstated on Turton Heights, Darwen and Holcombe Moor, Ramsbottom by John and Andy McMullan.

Future Prospects

Acting on a suggestion from Shirley, our editor, I have contacted the Duchy of Lancaster’s surveyor in hope of getting her consent for a new sign at Whitewell. I have heard from her and am now waiting with fingers crossed for the response of the tenant farmer. A memorial signpost for our former chairman, David Hurrell is being planned with his son Andrew.

Three new plates have been ordered from Leander for:

S316, stolen from its post at Chew reservoir, Greenfield

S258 at Jumbles, Bolton, which the United Utilities controller found, but then somehow lost.

S615 at Wessenden Reservoir, Marsden, requested by LDWA.

Stop Press!

After numerous phonecalls and with help from Robin Tutchings of Wirral PROW, S371 at Claire House Children's Hospice, near Bebbington on the Wirral has turned up and has been re-instated on Wirral FP4. It was reported missing by a member at the end of September.  Now it needs repainting, together with the nearby S370.

For more details of each signpost's location, go to

David Morton, Signpost Officer

Next: Signposts available for commemoration

Page title:Signpost Report
If you'd like a reply, please include your contact details.
Your message is being sent.
Your message has been sent. Thank you.
Message sending failed - sorry. As an alternative you might like to try the Contact the webmaster form.