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I have pleasure in forwarding your latest Waymark. Waymark is a newsletter that will be published via email four times a year - helping fill that long gap between Signpost - and will also appear on One of its aims is to encourage members to volunteer or get more involved in helping the PNFS.

If you would like to contribute to or have any suggestions or comments about Waymark, please contact me on

Shirley M Addy, BA, PNFS Editor

AGM Details

The date for our next AGM has been provisionally agreed to be Saturday 23rd April. Full details will be sent to members nearer the date and will also be posted on the website.

Inspect to Protect

PNFS needs more footpath inspectors to report on and to investigate footpath problems in districts outside our central area. Inspection of footpaths is a vital part of the work of PNFS and is a fascinating and interesting past-time. We now have an excellent online training course, and you will receive support from the Society’s officers. You will discover new paths and contribute to our central goal - to protect rights of way.

Areas where we particularly need volunteers are:

Can you help to inspect to protect footpaths in any of these areas? If so, contact Footpath Inspection Coordinator, David Gosling 07841647275 or by email

PNFS Online Talks Programme 2022

Following the success of PNFS's initial programme of online talks, more have been planned. 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 evening.

The link to join the talks is

Speaker Topic Date
Rhoda Barnett The work of the Courts and Inquiries Committee: how PNFS uses the law to protect public access
The Courts and Inquiries Committee seeks to use the law to fulfil the objectives in our constitution of “Creating, preserving and improving open spaces, public access rights and rights of way”, “Preventing the abuse of such rights” and “Monitoring, supporting and opposing proposals and orders for the creation, closure, diversion and regrading of public rights of way”. In this talk by one of our Courts and Inquiries officers, some of the ways in which this is carried out are discussed.
25 January
Terry Norris and Sheila Dillon PNFS and Planning Applications

Sheila was a senior Planning Officer with Cheshire East Council and is now a PNFS member and Footpath Inspector. She will be joined by Terry, and they will be explaining how PNFS members can respond to planning applications by developers that may damage our rights of way network.
22 February
Andrew Macintosh Natural England

Andrew is Senior Specialist in the Access, Recreation and Engagement team at Natural England (NE). Andrew will give an overview of NE’s role in protecting and promoting public access – including programme delivery and statutory duties e.g. coastal access/open access and other activities under NE’s wider remit of encouraging recreation and engagement.
22 March
Jack Cornish Don’t Lose Your Way

Jack is responsible for the Ramblers’ Don’t Lose Your Way project which aims to claim unrecorded ways before the 2026 deadline. Jack will talk about how PNFS can collaborate with the Ramblers to achieve our common goals.
26 April
David Gosling Kinder Trespass

This year is the 90th Anniversary of the famous Kinder Trespass. In this talk David will get behind some of the myths about the Trespass and reveal that the story of winning access to Kinder was more complicated than the legend that has grown up around this single afternoon event.
24 May

Derbyshire Footpaths Preservation Society

The Derbyshire Records Office at Matlock has 12 boxes of records deposited in 2011 when the Derbyshire Footpaths Preservation Society was wound up. The RO catalogue states "The Peak District and Northern Counties Footpaths Preservation Society was formed in 1894 as a result of several years of concern and legal battles over rights of way and use of footpaths. By 1904 the Derbyshire branch had become separate, and later became known as the Derbyshire Footpaths Preservation Society." The records t hey hold were deposited in 1978, 1984, 1991, 2011 and 2013. The boxes include minutes, walks programmes 1909-41, reports of walks, correspondence 1930-60. If you are interested in looking through this, contact Ken Brockway,

List of PNFS signposts available for memorials or dedications

There are still some signposts - listed below - available for individual walkers or walking groups who would like to have a commemorative plaque to one in return for a donation of £375. As can be seen from Signpost Officer, David Morton's reports in Signpost, all signposts receive periodic inspections and maintenance as required. See our Signpost Gallery at for their grid reference, photograph and map or just click on the links below.

If you are interested, contact David on 0161 283 7824 or email him on

S514 at Oxenhope, Keighley; S517 on Midshires Way at Bredbury

S531 & S533 at Wicken Walls, Flash; S534 at Hr. Hud Lee Farm, Hurst Green, Lancs.

S540 & S541 at Onecote Grange, Leek; S542 at Hassop, Calver; S548 at Knarrs Nook Farm, Matley Moor, Chunal

S553, S565, S566, S567 & S574 at Goldsytch Farm, The Roaches

S577 at Elkstone, Warslow, Leek

S580 at Norden, Rochdale; S585, S587 & S588 at Mountain Farm, Blacko, Colne

S589, S591, S592 & S593 at Hr. Gills Farm, Rimington, Clitheroe; S594 at Ribchester, Ribble Valley

S598 & S599 at Copster Green, Ribble Valley;

S603 at Slaidburn, Bowland; S604 at Lt.Snodworth, Langho, Ribble Valley; S617 at Dinckley, nr Langho, Ribble Valley; S622 at Stafford

S624, S625, S626 & S627 at Stretton Hall Farm, Clay Cross

Report of second east side walk
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The East Side November walk from Shirland church took in the upper Amber valley, South Wingfield, Wessington and Brackenfield. The walk ended along Shirland and Higham FP29 then up Ogston Lane an unrecorded track that PNFS claimed in March 2019. It was good to see a notice at the end of the lane advertising that an order was made on 19th August 2021. The period for representations or objections ended on 11 November so fingers crossed that no objections were made and the order can soon be confirmed unopposed. The path is as we saw well used so we hope it's recording is just a formality.

Ken Brockway, East Side Walk Co-ordinator

PNFS Walks

All members are welcome to join any of PNFS's walks. There are three walks organised by a PNFS member each month. The usual distances are: shorter walks 6-7 miles, longer ones 9-10 miles, and east side ones 8-10 miles. All walks start from a railway or bus station. Updated details can be found at

Attendees of shorter and longer walks enjoying a combined Christmas walk
on the Cloud led by David Bratt on 15 December 2021.

IT IS VITAL that attendees check all train times and for any updates
Shorter Walks - All on Wednesdays
John Fisher, Co-ordinator,, 01625 439298 or 07432 825624
January and February No walks planned
Date Leader Details
9 March Paul Easthope
01457 855015
Mossley circular, 7 miles. Paul is inspector for Mossley and will show some problems. Train from Manchester Piccadilly 09:58. Walk starts Mossley station 10:20
13 April David Gosling
07841 647 275
Marple circular, 8 miles. Walk devised to pass maximum number (20) of PNFS signposts. Train from Manchester Piccadilly 10:19. Walk starts Marple station 10:45
11 May Dave Rigby
01484 846412
Slaithwaite circular, 7 miles. Train from Manchester Piccadilly 09:58. Walk starts Slaithwaite station 10:35
8 June Peter Burns
01744 893432
Shorter walk, 5 miles. Start at the Tyldesley Interchange on the Leigh Guided Busway. More details to follow on website and in next Waymark or Signpost
13 July Contact John Fisher if you would like to lead a walk.
10 August Contact John Fisher if you would like to lead a walk.
14 September Contact John Fisher if you would like to lead a walk.
12 October Contact John Fisher if you would like to lead a walk.
9 November Contact John Fisher if you would like to lead a walk.
14 December Contact John Fisher if you would like to lead a walk.
Longer Walks - All on Wednesdays
Ken Smith, Co-ordinator, kensmith4rj@icloud 07918 154959
Note: If you would like to lead a walk for one of the vacant slots please email Ken.
Date Leader Details
26 January Udo Pope
07717 602 468
New Mills to Marple Walk. Via Lantern Pike and Crown Edge 9:42 train from Piccadilly Walk starts at 10:10 12 miles Ascent 2200ft
23 February Paul Easthope
07759 653 354
Glossop 10 miles, details to follow.
30 March TBC Contact Ken Smith if you would like to lead this walk
27 April David Bratt
07401 789 400
25 May David Gosling
07841 647 275
Adlington to Poynton via Nab Hill, 10.5 miles. From Adlington Station 10:10 am (09:44 from Manchester Piccadilly). Return from Poynton Station approx 16:00
29 June Gavin Miller
07951 746323
Cat & Fiddle to Macclesfield Walk
Cat & Fiddle - Three Shire Heads - Shutlingsloe - Langley - Macclesfield 09:35 am train from Manchester Piccadilly (09:44 from Stockport) to Macclesfield for 10:15 bus (Service 58) to Cat & Fiddle Return by train from Macclesfield 11 miles 1400 ft ascent
27 July Ross Myddleton
07941 547378
Silverdale Walk Leighton Moss and Hall - Jenny Brown’s Point - FP14 Silverdale - Arnside Knott 8:48 am train Piccadilly arrives Silverdale 10:29 am book Arnside return Walk starts at Silverdale Station 10:30 11 miles
31 August Dave Rigby
07527 582143
Slaithwaite Circular Walk Hilly walk to Marsden and back Train Piccadilly 9:58 am arrives Slaithwaite 10:33 Walk time approx 5 hours
Walk starts at 10:35
28 September Ken Smith
07918 154959
Marsden to Greenfield Walk Via Pule Hill - Diggle Edge - Running Hill - Primrose Hill - Bunkers Train Piccadilly 9:58 am arrives Marsden 10:29 Walk starts at 10:30 10 miles 1433ft ascent
26 October Martin Riley
07908 081959
30 November TBC Contact Ken Smith if you would like to lead this walk
14 December TBC Contact Ken Smith if you would like to lead this walk
EAST SIDES WALKS - All on Tuesdays
Ken Brockway, Co-ordinator,, 01773 287225. Would anyone wishing to lead an east side walk please contact Ken.
18 January John Kidd
07717 602 468
New Mills to Marple Walk. Via Lantern Pike and Crown Edge. 9:42 train from Piccadilly Walk starts at 10:10 12 miles Ascent 2200ft
15 February John Kidd
07717 602 468 or 01283 701 991
Kelstedge - Ashover circular 10 miles. 09:27 service X17 Coach Station stand D. Walk starts 09:50 Kelstedge bus shelter
15 March TBC Chesterfield Round-Barlow-Linacre, linear 10 miles from Unstone-Chesterfield. 09:40 service 43 Beetwell Street stop B2. Walk starts 10:05 opposite Crow Lane
19 April TBC Contact Ken Brockway if you would like to lead this walk or on future dates

Benefits of being a member of PNFS

Benefits of PNFS membership include receiving Signpost magazine and Waymark enewsletter, attending members' walks, access to the society's Footpath Inspection Database and our members-only Facebook page (see elsewhere in this Waymark). Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Find out more at

Answers to PNFS signpost quiz in previous Waymark

See the links to the PNFS Signposts

  1. Inspiration for Emily Bronte's novel. S551
  2. Jump for the first patriarch. S596
  3. A great hill for a seasonal one. S527
  4. It's at altitude of 491 feet. S026
  5. Where nuts cross a ford. S141
  6. Near hotel associated with The Compleat Angler. S192
  7. Grid reference of this one is SJ 99827 93192. S300
  8. This one points the way from the toilets. S031
  9. Shows the way to Tinseltown. S312
  10. Points to a windy hotel where ships moor. S396

In case you've missed ...

Thanks go to John Harker for nearly all of these links. North Yorkshire CC trying to determine a DMMO application from 1984! (Template) - Huge urban rewilding plans for Allestree Park in Derby - Winter Hill Mass Trespass of 1896 remembered - Macclesfield town centre walk - Bamford Edge adventure - Campaigners fight to save Monsal from rail line plans - Forgotten Derbyshire Chapel - Accrington town centre walk - Bridging the gap - Streets Ahead complete refurbishments on city’s bridges - Peak District photographer captures 'one in a million' rainbow shot - Eastern leg of HS2 cancelled - More about the Monsal trail protest - Keppel's Column: Work starts to reopen Rotherham tower - Todmorden town centre walk - Nantwich town centre walk - Crewe town centre walk - New Sheffield Walking Trail - Bolsover: Walks and Cycling - Raw Sewage Scandal - Birds Facing Extinction - More on the Monsal Trail - Sowerby Bridge town centre walk - Preston city centre walk - Liverpool town centre walk - Let's Walk in Leeds - Peak District Aircraft Wrecks - The Monsal Trail Again! - The Limestone Way - Allestree Park: UK's largest urban rewilding project gets approval - Manchester City Center Walk - Dewsbury Town Centre Walk - An important decision by a Planning Inspector on a case on the Dark Peak moors between Slippery Stones Howden Reservoir and Langsett over, in part, Bradfield Bridleway no 1 in Sheffield (aka Cut Gate). The matting had been put down by the landowner without the consent of the Peak District NPA. A retrospective application was turned down. - How to use tree roots as a compass, navigate using nature - Getting your bearings and navigate using nature's signs, Tristan Gooley's story - Walking The Most Dangerous Path In Britain - Three strange river crossings - The need to trespass: let people in to protect nature, says guerrilla botanist - Wilmslow Walk: Town Centre (4 k) on YouTube - Over Exposed' Crash Site/Bleaklow" on YouTube - Hail Mary Hill Wood, Rotherham" on YouTube - Off-road bike team clamp down on illegal riders - Walking is a glorious, primal pastime – and far more radical than you think - Land Owner Faces Right to Roam Challenge

Ken Smith's walking videos

GLOSSOP TO GREENFIELD (ATCF Nearly) OS Route Map - As The Crow Flies - - - Glossop to Greenfield as the crow flies, well nearly. Walked on Monday 13th May 2019. 17.5km 10.88mi 5 hrs 30 mins with breaks Total ascent 654m 2144ft Highest 437m 1434ft Lowest 146m 479ft If you could walk Glossop to Greenfield as the crow flies it would be 11.27km 7mi and take 3hrs 6 mins according to OS Maps. My route is 6km 3.7mi longer and would take without any breaks 1hr 39 mins longer according to OS Maps of course.

PNFS GREENFIELD TO MARSDEN WALK - - - thanks to John Fisher PNFS WALK LEADER. Walked with five PNFS members. Distance approximately 7.1 mi 11.5 km 3 hours. Total Ascent 1221ft 647m Highest Ascent 1311ft 400m Lowest Ascent 514ft 157m This walk start at Greenfield Railway Station and finished at Marsden Railway Station.

Please don’t forget that if you like these videos can you “Subscribe,” “Like,” “Favourite” and “Share” it with your friends to show your support and help encourage people to get out there walking. KentheWalker - - Exploring footpaths here there everywhere.

History of YHA Hostels

Perhaps like me you have happy memories of youth hostelling. The latest Hebridean Hostellers newsletter, from the Gatliff Trust, makes reference to the work of an archivist, John Martin. It runs to over 500 pages and gives a short but detailed history of every YHA hostel since 1930. If you are interested, simply enter Y900003 in your search engine, then scroll down.

David Morton, Signpost Officer

Facebook for Members

There is now a Facebook - Peak & Northern Footpaths Society Members' Group - PNFS MEMBERS. This is a forum for discussion of all matters relating to the preservation and improvement of the rights of way network across our region, our signposts, bridges and research into unrecorded ways. We hope it will also be a good place to share images of walks that can also be posted on our Instagram account, #LOVEOURFOOTPATHS.


Deadline for Signpost

Please be reminded that the deadlines for copy for Signpost magazine are 15 February, 15 May, 15 August and 15 November. Please forward your articles to in good time. Remember I can only accept them in an editable format, such as Word, and photographs in jpg format; including your job or role title would be helpful.


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