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Shirley M Addy, BA, PNFS Editor

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PNFS Online Talks Programme - Autumn 2022

All talks start at 7.00 pm, usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month and last for approximately one hour.

The link to join the talks is

Speaker Topic Date
Patricia Stubbs The Peak District Green Lanes Alliance
Ancient byways are being destroyed by off-roading throughout the Peak District, including inside the Peak District National Park. The PDGLA believes that green lanes should be for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and carriage drivers and not off-road vehicles. PNFS supports the aims of the PDGLA and is affiliated to it. Patricia Stubbs is the Chair of the PDGLA and in this talk she will explain the work of the organisation, discuss some of the current campaigns and the opposition they face.
25 October
Dr. Paul Hindle Historic Maps

Maps are important for walkers and many of us have a fascination for maps and mapping. Furthermore, historic maps are a vital part of the evidence for claiming the status of rights of way. Paul Hindle was a Senior Lecturer in geography at the University of Salford. Now retired he devotes himself to research and giving talks on a variety of topics. His talks are well-known around the region, and we are delighted that he will be at the Half Year Meeting on 12 November in Sheffield. The talk will be online on 22 November at the usual time of 7 pm for those who cannot attend the meeting in Sheffield.
22 November
Simon Thompson The Hiking Craze

Simon Thompson has researched the enormous increase in popularity of walking in the 1920s and 1930s. During years when the country was suffering an economic depression many working class people found escape by walking on the hills and in the countryside. This striking social phenomenon, dubbed the Hiking Craze, transformed walking as a leisure pursuit from the exclusive preserve of the upper classes to the popular activity it is now. Simon will tell the story which has had such a significant impact on societies such as PNFS.
20 December

All 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.

NEW! Weekend Walks Group

A new walking group has been formed for walks in PNFS areas where there is no public transport and will be held on the first Saturday of each month. The walks will be 8-12 miles long and be at any level. As it will be necessary to drive to the start of each walk, members are strongly recommended to share cars. Anyone thinking of formally offering lifts should check that their car insurance gives adequate cover.

The first walk will be in January 2023. Members are invited to be walk leaders from February 2023 onwards. If interested, contact the co ordinator, Shirley Addy at Please provide a brief description of walk, length, easy/medium/hard, post code and GR (if known) of car park (D&P or free). The following table shows the dates of each walking group for ease of reference.

2023 Dates Weekend - Saturday Shorter - Wednesday Longer - Wednesday
15 (Sat)

It is hoped that the Weekend walks will be supported by a wider range of walkers, including younger ones, those who work during the week and those do not have access to public transport.

Rail Cards

Concerned about the cost of fuel or want to join a PNFS shorter or longer walk? These walks start from a railway station. Get a railcard which gives a 1/3 discount off rail tickets. See

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
9 November Paul Easthope 01457 855015 Glossop circular 7 miles. Train from Manchester Piccadilly Platform 1 or 2 10:03. Walk starts Glossop station 10:35.
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
11 January Shirley Addy 07434 897143 (text) Wilpshire and Dean Clough. Manchester Victoria 09:41, arrive Ramsgreave and Wilpshire 10:39. A medium 8 mile walk passing some PNFS signposts and around Dean Clough with wonderful views./td>
LONGER WALKS - All on Wednesdays
Ken Smith, Co-ordinator, kensmith4rj@icloud 07918 154959
Date Leader Details
26 October Martin Riley
07908 081959
Shaw Circular Walk. Approx 10 miles, some climbs. Shaw Metro tram stop 10:30
30 November Bill Minshall 07518 926031 Walk starts from Kidsgrove Railway Station at 10:30 when the 09:47 from Piccadilly arrives. Approx 11 miles, walk goes through the edge of Bathpool Park and east along the old loop line and pick up path to Knypersley Pool. Returning to Kidsgrove where we can take refreshment at the Bluebell Inn.
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
25 January TBC Details to follow in Signpost and on the website
WEEKEND WALKS - All on Saturdays
Shirley Addy, Co-ordinator,, 07434 897143 (text).
7 January Shirley Addy - 07434 897143 (text) Downham. This is where Whistle Down The Wind and Born and Bred were filmed, and there are no yellow lines, satellite dishes or overhead wires. Walk starts 10 am at Downham car park (free) GR SD784441, BB74BN. 10 easy miles of unspoilt countryside with wonderful views. No dogs.
Please email any of the Co-ordinates if you would like to one of the walks.

Short Delamere Forest walk in July 2022. Photo by David Bratt taken on Pale Heights

East Side Walk - Tuesday, 16 August

The walk started at the Robin Hood Inn a mile out of Baslow. We set off along a permissive path through the Chatsworth Estate along Dobb Edge. Great views along this edge then a peek of the Hunting Tower before inspecting the drought dry lakes that at better times supply the impressive gravity fed Emperor Fountain. Leaving the park we headed for Beeley eventually meeting Beeley FP1 our first public path of the walk. A defective stile was noted and a report passed to the PNFS Inspector. From Beeley a climb was required to arrive at Rowsley without road walking. Here we sat on benches supplied in the pleasant garden at the village shop and Post Office where drinks and snacks are available.

The return to Baslow was along the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail which passes through the busy and attractive riverside park at Chatsworth with the house offering an impressive backdrop.

Photographs: Top - left: Start of the permissive path at Robin Hood; right: Chatsworth Hunting Tower; bottom - left: PNFS signpost 427; right: sculpture in Chatsworth Path

Ken Brockway

Shorter Walk - Wednesday, 14 September

John Harker writes: 'We had lunch on the banks of the river Derwent near Hathersage, Hope Valley, by the stepping stones. They are accessible at the moment with the water level very low. Often they are impassable due to water levels, or knocked out of alignment. It's part of a very ancient way from farms and hamlets on the south side of the river down the fields from Offerton Hall hamlet to get to Hathersage for church or work or trading. It's worn a 'hollowway' across the field (see next photo). There were 10 of us on the walk (all male for whatever reason). We found a number of problems which I'll report to Derbyshire CC. Problem finding and reporting used to be a raison d'etre of Society walks when I joined in 1989. That element seems to have fallen by the wayside? Top left and right photographs: Holloway from Offerton hamlet down to stepping stones in the river Derwent. We climbed up from the river after lunch. Bottom left photograph: Along the river Derwent near Hathersage the public footpath is blocked off as in the attached photo. It appears that a short section of path has been ripped out by a falling tree as in the second photo. How long ago this happened I don't know. It's many years since I passed this way before I did a recce for the walk. Fortuitously, the said tree belongs to the PDNPA as it's in "Goose Neck Wood" according to the signage as is the permissive path put in to get around the detour needed.'

Bottom right photograph: This show this a derelict foot bridge across a gully just west of the former fort. The hand rails on one side are completely wrecked and hanging off. An accident waiting to happen.

Walking the Roman Ridge in Sheffield

John Harker, Area Officer Sheffield

The above is a link to a short walk in the eastern suburbs of Sheffield that features the above named Roman Ridge. A linear earthwork traceable from the Iron Age hillfort on Wincobank Hill above the Meadowhall Shopping Centre through Rotherham to Mexborough near Doncaster. Its called Roman Ridge because anything that was of great antiquity was thought, in the absence of any written records or modern archaeological techniques to be the work of the Romans. Its actual origins are thought to be a mixture between the pre Roman era to the so-called Dark Ages after the Romans abandoned their British territories. Certainly Wincobank Hill was fortified by the Brigantes tribe who ruled much of northern England and southern Scotland in the first century AD. They co-operated with the Romans and for about 50 years, the river Don below the hillfort was the northern boundary of the Roman Empire until Hadrian decided to push north. Post Roman withdrawal in 410AD the Roman Ridge was used as the boundary between Dark Age kingdoms suchas Elmet and later Northumbria. For more information see Roman Rig - Wikipedia

Fancy going for a walk?

Links kindly forwarded by John Harker (except where acknowledged otherwise). - Peak District walk: Three Shires Head from Gradbach car park - Silverdale circular - South Cheshire walk - Wybunbury circular - Cheshire walk - River Dee, Aldford and Eccleston - Peak District walk - Dovedale to Hall Dale - Walk through Cheshire history at St John’s Church in Chester - Watch "The real side of Stockport near Manchester" on YouTube - Watch "Sheffield 4K Narrated Walking Tour - A canal and seaside walk to a great pub: the Hest Bank, near Morecambe Bay - When is Lumsdale Falls open and how do I find it? - Watch Chester 4K Narrated Walking Tour - Watch "Near Darwen - A playlist of content which features walks/hikes that are near Darwen, Lancashire." on YouTube - Watch "The Pendle Way - A winter weekend expedition with wild camping  (45 miles and 8,500 feet of ascent)" on YouTube -

Watch "West Pennine Way" on YouTube - Watch "Hike the Gritstone Trail of Cheshire - (two day hike with one night of wild camping)" on YouTube - Win Hill fire caused by camping stove - Fence will protect walkers from bull on cow attack path.  S M Addy - Watch "Manchester City Centre - From Oldham Street to Printworks and National Football Museum" on YouTube - Watch "Haworth 1940's Weekend | Full tour of Haworth near Bradford West Yorkshire, England" on YouTube - Watch "Sheffield City Centre | The ultimate full Sheffield City Centre tour [Yorkshire England]" on YouTube - Watch "Bradford City Centre" on YouTube - Watch "Lichfield Walk: City Centre (4K)" on YouTube - Watch "Tamworth Walk: Town Centre (4K)" on YouTube - A great moorland walk to a great pub: the Pack Horse Inn, West Yorkshire | Yorkshire holidays | The Guardian - Watch "Rugeley in Staffordshire Walk: Town Centre (4K) "  on YouTube - Free walking tours around Manchester - Free guided walks around Manchester.  Spotted this and thought it might be of interest to members. Don't know if they pass location of Society plaque or mention it.

PNFS cloth rucksack badges now back in stock

The cost of the badge which shows the PNFS logo 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

Historic Peak District bridge reopened

Historic bridge in picturesque Peak District valley finally reopened to walkers. A good effort by David Stirling who as well as running the GVAC is a PNFS member. The photograph belows shows the two men who repaired the packhorse bridge in the Goyt Valley. They have done a great job and credit goes to United Utilities that they commissioned the work promptly. The bridge was at risk of total collapse without the remedial work that has now been completed.

Photograph by David Gosling.

In case you've missed ...

Thanks go to John Harker for forwarding all these links (except where acknowledged otherwise). - Image of a PNFS signpost pre war on OSS website. It's the one in Castleton showing the path along Peakshole Water to Hope. - New £500,000 footbridge to be built to Darley Abbey Mills - Derbyshire Live - Burning ban failing to protect England’s peatlands - A former colliery site near Rotherham reclaimed for nature and public access. - Hidden Wirral nature reserve offers a secret dog walking spot in ancient woodland - Former landfill site transformed into a pretty riverside park walk - Walking to The Roaches in the Peak District - Walking near Hartington in the Peak District - How to spend the day in a Bramhall - The history of St Laurence's church in Frodsham - Section of canal tow-path beneath 230-year-old bridge at risk of collaspe - High Peak bus route to be subsidised - TPT Chesterfield Spur - Watch "Heaton Reddish Walkers" - Watch "Historical town of Stalybridge Potential to be the Best" - Watch "Beauty, Clever construction and Murder at Baitings Dam and Reservoir Vlog" - Watch "Stalybridge Country Park" on YouTube - Watch "Wayoh, Entwistle, Jumbles, Rivington and Roddlesworth Reservoir" on YouTube - A "Janet and John" guide to PRoW law.  Includes link to the Ramblers' national website section on Scottish paths many of which aren't recorded on the relevant OS maps up there.   Useful in areas of more enclosed or urban terrain rather than open ground perhaps? - Who has access to the countryside?,south-yorkshire-polices-offroad-bike-intervention-team-orbit-proves-its-val_42412.htm - South Yorkshire Police ORBIT successes - A free app to bring Errwood Hall in the Goyt Valley, and it's village back to life in 3D. - Historic Derbyshire bridge to reopen for temporary two-way traffic - Derbyshire Live - Game over for UK shooting season as bird flu and Brexit take a heavy toll - Manchester's New Green Space. Castlefield Viaduct - Historic railway building converted to museum on the Monsal Trail - Derbyshire Live - It includes Angler's Country Park near Wakefield where PNFS has at least half a dozen signposts. - Scottish rewilding project hits £2.2m buyout target - Watch "Visiting every Parish in LEEDS" - Watch "Oldham Ramblers 16th footpath clearance 2022 - Watch "Wild Peak District Documentary" - Watch "Stories in Stone, A Landscape History of the Peak District" - Watch "Visiting every Civil Parish in Barnsley".  One of these short films is about Hunshelf Parish who are one of our affiliated parish councils. We loaned them a four figure sum to help purchase Isle o'Skye Quarry to protect public access there - Watch "Visiting every Parish in Derbyshire Dales" - The story behind the railway tunnel at Haddon Hall.  The Monsal Trail in the Peak District goes through several reopened tunnels but not this one. - How to Estimate Distance Using Just Your Thumb - What else can we do?’: trespassers demand right to roam minister’s 12,000-acre estate - C2C to be made more accessible.  S M Addy - The peaceful nature reserve in Greater Manchester with woodland and waterfalls - Another cattle attack.  S M Addy - Watch "Sheffield drone footage and aerial photography" - Temporary closure of reservoir side road - The best paddling and wild swimming Peak District locations - Is It Legal? – Outdoor Swimming Society Outdoor Swimming Society - Peak District Kinder Scout nature reserve that saw historic mass trespass extended - The best paddling and wild swimming Peak District locations - Positive Thinking- can mass trespass reconnect us to nature? - ‘It definitely isn’t flat’: Netherlands mountain trail proves an unlikely success - Watch City Girl in Nature's new film documenting first-time visits to a National Park  Ken Brockway - I will never ride a bike again’: why people are giving up on cycling - Underfunded, rusting and fenced off, Britain’s parks are under attack - A paradise for walkers: Germany is home to more than 150 long-distance hiking trails - Forget Route 66, this walking route is the best way to see the real America - Discover Hedgerow wildlife - Derbyshire Connections Flood Management Project  - "Go Jauntly" Project in Derbyshire - Thornhill Carrs Nature Reserve below Win Hill - Is it kicking off in the Peak District? - A staggering 92% of England is off limits to the public - Three basic compass skills everyone should learn - Watch "An old sunken pack horse bridge revealed" - Walk the Lonning - New ‘Blog’ programme to help take a look at what’s happening on the TPT.  If interested, just click on the link to subscribe - Man trampled by cows. - Manchester's first city centre park in a century to open this week - Work starts on Mam Tor fort - Derwent and Ashopton villages revealed - A public footpath with a difference it appears - I recollect that PNFS had something to do with a crossing of the Manchester Ship Canal. I think it's the first one referred to in the film - Hulmes Ferry. There is a reference about 5 minutes 30 seconds in about a 2010 campaign to save it. I think that that's where we got involved. - A video about bits of open access land that no one can get to or from. I've seen bits in SYNED's area & Derbyshire area on the map but can't remember where now. Hopefully, not of any value to walkers? - Wild camper hears 'big cat' growling outside tent in Peak District. - Watch "The Ghosts of a Drowned Village - Derwent & Ashopton Derbyshire" - Historic bridge to be replaced - Bus service survey - People's Plan for Nature survey

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 at

S514 at Oxenhope, Keighley;

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;

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 & 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

Deadline for Signpost

Please be reminded that the deadlines for copy for Signpost magazine are 15 February, 15 May, 15 August and 1 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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