David Gosling, Footpath Inspections Co-ordinator
This article is from Signpost 68, Summer 2021
Following on the success of the online training programme, we are launching a new initiative: The PNFS Online Talks Programme
Each month a speaker will be giving an illustrated talk about a topic which is relevant to the work and objectives of the Society. We aim to include a wide variety of topics some of which will be led by one of PNFS’s own members and others will be drawn from other organisations which have interests close to our own. The format will be similar and you will be able to log in using a Zoom link. You will attend and have the opportunity to participate in the talk or discussion from your own home. They will start at 7.00 pm and last for approximately one hour. They will be held on a Tuesday or Thursday evening. A link to join the talks will be circulated to all PNFS members.
Our first speaker, on Thursday, 24 June is Daniel Raven-Ellison who describes himself as a guerrilla geographer. He is National Geographic Emerging Explorer and is leading the campaign to create Slow Ways - walking routes between every town and village across the country. Dan will be talking to us about Slow Ways and how PNFS members can help by reviewing routes.
On Tuesday, 20 July David Morton will be talking about PNFS famous signposts - how they get there and the challenges of keeping them looking great.
On Tuesday, 24 August Ken Brockway will be telling us how to research so-called ‘Lost Ways’ - unrecorded rights of way - and submitting applications for a DMMO. With the 2026 deadline only five years away we need to learn and act now!
On Tuesday, 21 September Nicola Swinnerton, Rights of Way officer for Cheshire East will talk about the trials and triumphs of rights of way enforcement. She will give us an insight into challenges that officers face.
On Thursday, 21 October Andy Leader, PNFS Courts and Inquiries Officer for Kirklees and a professional photographer, will be giving us an insight into how to take successful photographs of landscapes and taking us to some of the places where he has taken his wonderful photos.
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