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WELCOME to Waymark

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

Parish Councils

Does your parish council do any maintenance on the public rights of way in your area? Parish councils interested in safeguarding and improving them have available to them a wide range of powers which give them a strong position to protect this precious heritage. They also have access to grants for improving footpaths and bridleways in their areas from Highways Authorities, boroughs or PNFS's Improvement Fund. The PNFS's website has now set up a webpage for Parish Councils. It advises them of their powers and how to obtain grants. There are also examples of some excellent work on public rights of ways done by parish councils. Go to Why don't you contact your own parish council and tell them about the PNFS? For more information about the PNFS's Improvement Fund go to

Videos of PNFS Walks - Ken Smith

Interested in joining a PNFS walk or having a look at a walk you recently enjoyed?  If so, have a shufti at the below videos.  See the PNFS walks programme elsewhere in this Waymark.

PNFS Alderley Edge circular walk November 2021 -

PNFS Congleton circular walk December 2021 -

PNFS 1st longer walk 2022 New Mills to Marple -

PNFS 2nd longer walk 2022 Glossop circular -

PNFS 3rd longer walk 2022 Hathersage to Grindleford -

PNFS 1st short walk 2022 Mossley circular -

PNFS 2nd short walk 2022 Marple circular -

PNFS 4th short walk 2022 Disley circular -

Seen on a footpath - John Harker

Whilst preparing a walk that I led last Saturday for a Community Rail Partnership, I came across a high brick wall adjacent to Kimberworth Footpath 37, also known as Duke's Lane, on the outskirts of Rotherham. The series of murals along the wall depicted the seasons of the year using different birds or animals. The final one is the one that I send you a photo of. The sentiments expressed, seemed to touch a chord in my mind that members might concur with.

Sheffield's PRoWs - John Harker

The following information might be of help and interest to any of our South Yorkshire members and inspectors.

Anyone, council staff or public, can now see the working copy of Sheffield’s definitive map of public rights of way online here (under the Definitive Map and Statement section).  

Land Ownership

If you are interested in land ownership, here are some websites:

Radical Landscapes

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You may be interested in the exhibition at Tate Liverpool called Radical Landscapes. The exhibition runs until 4 September -  David Gosling.

PNFS Online Talks Programme 2022

The spring series of PNFS online talks concluded in May with The Kinder Trespass - Challenging the Myths, it can be viewed HERE

A new series of talks will start in September. The programme will be announced when speakers have been confirmed. If anyone has suggestions for speakers, please contact David Gosling at

All the previous talks are available on our Youtube Channel or just search for PNFS or Peak and Northern Footpaths Society in YouTube and then click on the PNFS channel to find it.

You might consider being a 'subscriber' which means YouTube will tell you when the next video is uploaded.

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

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
Date Leader Details
13 July David and Beth Bratt 01925 762472; 07401 789400 Delamere Forest. Train details to follow on website and in next Signpost/Waymark
10 August John Fisher 01625 439298; 07432 825624 Buxton circular, 7 miles, based on the Buxton ‘Ring of Trees’ walk. Train details to follow on website and in next Signpost/Waymark
14 September John Harker 07929 051978 Linear Grindleford to Hope 8 miles, inc paths with which PNFS was involved in its history, Padley Chapel, Grindleford No12, Harper Lee, Leadmill Bridge, Offerton No4, Bradwell, Brough, Aston No7. Train from Manchester Piccadilly 09:42 to Grindleford or Sheffield to Grindleford 10:14. Walk starts at Grindleford station when both trains have arrived. Return from Hope station
12 October Brian Lomas 01616 885237 Rochdale area. Details to be announced in next Signpost/Waymark or on website
9 November Contact John Fisher if you would like to lead a walk.
14 December Ken Smith 07918 154959 Combined Shorter and Longer Christmas Walk. Greenfield Circular around three villages Dobcross, Uppermill and Greenfield, 9 miles. Train Piccadilly 09:58 arrives Greenfield 10:25. Walk starts at Greenfield railway station at 10:30 and ends after an optional visit to Donkeystone, the Tap bar
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
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
See website for details nearer the date.
30 November TBC Contact Ken Smith if you would like to lead this walk
14 December Ken Smith 07918 154959 Combined Shorter and Longer Christmas Walk. Greenfield Circular around three villages Dobcross, Uppermill and Greenfield, 9 miles. Train Piccadilly 09:58 arrives Greenfield 10:25. Walk starts at Greenfield railway station at 10:30 and ends after an optional visit to Donkeystone, the Tap bar
EAST SIDE WALKS - All on Tuesdays
Ken Brockway, Co-ordinator,, 01773 287225. Would anyone wishing to lead an east side walk please contact Ken.
19 July Leader Required Barnsley – Elsecar linear 12 miles. Train 09:55 Chesterfield via Sheffield 10.13. Walks starts Barnsley station 10:40, return from Elsecar
16 August Leader Required Rowsley DVHW 11 miles. Bus 170 New Beetwell Street (Stop B12) 10:00 Walks starts Robin Hood 10.30 (from Sheffield tel. leader) Finish Baslow

PNFS East Side Walk - Sue Davies

This eleven mile walk set off from Ilkeston station on 17 May with the weather being bright and warm. We took the towpaths of the Erewash canal, and the Nottingham canal where young cygnets were on the water, before going under the M1, and a section of the Monks Way at Strelley Hall. We watched a sleeping lion before crossing back over the motorway. Then we were on The Robin Hood Way and lunch on quiet benches looking down on Kimberley. The big finale was crossing the Bennerley Viaduct across the Erewash; built in 1877, 443 metres long, now a cycle way connecting Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Many thanks to Ken Brockway for leading.

Photographs by Sue Davies

Photographs by Ken Brockway.

A question of stiles: rural ingenuity or hazardous obstacle? A world stile cup?

An interesting article about stiles on the walking guide publisher, Cicerone's website:

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

Best ever stile?

The winning candidate of this accolade is likely to be this lovely green painted metal gate on Bowland-with-Leagram FP29, Moss Side. Note its round top bar, mesh step and tall acorn-topped post.

Photograph by Shirley M Addy

In case you've missed ...

Thanks go to John Harker for forwarding all these links (except where acknowledged otherwise). - Hebden Bridge 4K Narrated Walking Tour - Warrington Walk: Town Centre 4K - Runcorn Walk: Town Centre 4K - Bakewell Walk: Town Centre 4K - Blackpool FP11 reopening makes BBC news - Fears over right to roam in England as ministers wind up review

The National Archives to publish court judgments - The National Archives - Oldham: Town Centre 4K - Watch "Leek to Waterhouses + Leek & Manifold Railway. North Staffordshire’s Lost Railways." on YouTube - Watch "SKIPTON to COLNE the missing trans-pennine rail link. Calling @ Foulridge, Earby, Thornton & Elslack" on YouTube - Watch "Views from an old railway Route, part 2, Foulridge to Earby." on YouTube - Watch "Views from an old railway route part 3, Earby to Skipton." on YouTube - Watch "Views from an old railway route Part 1, Colne to Foulridge" on YouTube - Kinder Scout 90 years on: UK’s national parks still largely white and middle class - Kinder Scout trespass: How mass action 90 years ago won ramblers roaming rights - Sheffield Street Art -a walk with a difference - Watch "Remembering the Cromford and High Peak Railway" on YouTube - Study names top 10 green spaces in England and Wales for ‘welfare value’.  Mel Bale - Bamford Edge climber injured by rock throwers - Removing benches, blocking cycle paths: why are police interfering in the UK’s public spaces? | Phineas Harper | The Guardian - City Strides - Watch "Urmston Walk: Town Centre (4K)" on YouTube

18 level crossings saved - Ramblers - Forty-eight day public inquiry saves eighteen paths - Derbyshire Banksy creates animal sculpture trail for families to enjoy | Derbyshire Times - Watch "A full walking tour of Sheffield City Centre" on YouTube - Crich Chase Wood Derbyshire - Wales Coast Path walkers celebrate 10 years of inspiration and challenge - Dog walkers must 'lead the way' to save ground-nesting birds - BirdGuides - Will mass trespasses make the Tories reconsider burying their land reform plan? - from the Manchester Ship Canal" on YouTube - Watch "Peak District Marsden to  Edale Classic Walk Via Wildboar Clough" on YouTube  Shirley M Addy - Watch "Sale Walk: Town Centre (4K)" on YouTube - Two Hen Harrier nests lost in Upper Derwent - Popular Peak District bus service to return | Buxton Advertiser - Watch "Lytham St Annes near Blackpool" on YouTube - A walk through Torrs Gorge in New Mills Derbyshire

Why access to nature is broken, not the millennials who trespass - New Statesman - New Statesman article on Kinder Trespass - Watch "The Coast to Coast: 182 Miles across the English Countryside" on YouTube - Sunday book review – Peak District by Penny Anderson – Mark Avery - Country diary: The place where three become one - A case in Kirklees of a housing development threatening an unrecorded path. - Save access to public green space - Peak District National Park nature regeneration project - Watch "Accessing Land Justice - Kate Ashbrook" on YouTube - Recordings of the workshops at this 2 day seminar held by OSS & Cambridge University - Big decisions for National Trust’s policy on grouse moors in Peak District National Park after latest loss of hen harriers – Raptor Persecution UK - Toilets at popular Derbyshire park closed after attack from vandals Derbyshire Times - South Yorkshire gets £500k for new woodlands

Peat soil fires: Campaigners say England's 'rainforests' illegally burned - Illegal burning of peat moors - J K Rowling firm in row over right-to-roam access - Watch "A look around Belper, Derbyshire [Is Belper worth visiting?]" on YouTube - Watch "Bury Walk: Town Centre (4K)" on YouTube - Watch "New Brighton 4K Narrated Walking Tour - Let's Walk 2022" on YouTube - Watch "Lancashire Drone Videos" on YouTube - Watch "Peak District National Park Derbyshire England 4K Drone Video" on YouTube - Interactive PRoW map for Leicestershire - Rights of way work praised - Derbyshire County Council - 48 hours in Bolsover: Circular walks, hidden gems and the best things to do - Visit Peak District - Cardigan Town Council seek to resolve footpath dispute | Tivyside Advertiser - Watch "Hathersage | Tour of Hathersage in the Derbyshire Dales [Peak District Village in 4K]" on YouTube - Watch "Chesterfield | The most underrated town in the UK?" on YouTube - Watch "Belper | A look around Belper, Derbyshire [Is Belper worth visiting?]" on YouTube - Watch "Morecambe Walk: Town Centre & Beach (4K)" on YouTube - Yorkshire Water New Ranger teams - Watch "Pontefract 4K Narrated Walking Tour: Let's Walk 2022" on YouTube - A walk along the Mersey to a historic Liverpool pub: The Bridewell - Three Peak District railway stations to be closed over summer - Derbyshire Live - "The Disused Woodhead Railway." Now part TPT - Watch "The Disused Matlock to Buxton Railway." on YouTube - Watch "Uttoxeter to Buxton Railway. (The Tissington Trail)" on YouTube - Watch "Port Sunlight 4K Narrated Walking Tour: Let's Walk 2022" on YouTube

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

South Yorkshire Police contacts to report anti-social off-road vehicles John Harker

This is contact information for South Yorkshire Police if anyone sees any anti-social or illegal off road bike or 4x4 activity on public rights of way or other land where they shouldn't be.

Report incidents to South Yorkshire Police in a number of ways: Always call 999 in an emergency. Call 101 if it is not urgent - but not recommended as it takes ages to get through. The website or direct email address to the Off Road Unit is quicker. Report your incident online using - Log in to the portal and live chat with the forcece You can also contact the force wide Off Road Bike Team directly with info/photos or videos for advice: email: ; Facebook messenger @SYPOffRoadBikes; Twitter @SYPOperations

PNFS Badges

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PNFS has a pin badge available. Showing the logo (as shown here), it is 25 mm diameter with a single pin with a secure clip on the back. The cost is a minimum donation of £3 including p&p. Send your order with payment to the Treasurer at Peak and Northern Footpaths Society, 23 Turncroft Lane, Stockport SK1 4AB. Alternatively order by email to

A cloth rucksack badge in similar design is also available for £3 including p&p. Ordering details are as above

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.


Copyright of the original material belongs to individual contributors, unless stated otherwise. No part of Waymark may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of the Society. The views expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of the Society.

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