Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Countryside Steward Scheme

John Harker, Courts and Inquiries Officer

This article is from Signpost 66, Winter 2020

In the early 1990s, Natural England's predecessor, the Countryside Agency, began a scheme that paid landowners a subsidy to create new permissive paths and areas of open access for walkers and sometimes riders.

The agreements were for 10 years, renewable with both parties agreement, for further ten year periods. Then in the mid-2000s the whole scheme was cancelled except for those sites where a further ten year agreement was still running. Some of these paths and open access areas are still current even today, as a ten year agreement still has time to run. For example, there is one site left at Stoney Royd Farm near Mytholmroyd and another at Grange Farm – Old River Dove (SSSI) near Tutbury

To find what other sites are left open, check the link: Conservation Walks and Rides

There are options to search by Site Name, County or Region and you can further refine what type of walk you are looking for, the icons below show the options available. Note: searching by Region rather than County produces many more routes.

Once you have found a walk that you are interested in don't forget to click the pdf link below the outline map to view/download a much more detailed one. If members find a walk that they would like share with others they are welcome to email details to who will feature them on the website.

There is also a link on the Society's website at Members Links

Next: Meltham FP42, Kirklees

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