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Radio 4 Debate - John Harker

A recent Radio 4 debate between Matthew Parris & Nick Hayes, author of "The Book of Trespass" covered the topics of access to land and water and the right to live a nomadic life. You can listen to it on BBC Sounds

Three Acres and a Cow - Barry Thomas

At the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass event last April I picked up a leaflet about the Three Acres and a Cow performing group. I asked them if they could perform in Melbourne and they agreed. I was surprised because they usually play at bigger venues. I am trying to drum up publicity for this event and I hope the PNFS might be prepared to give this a "plug". I am going to write to them and ask them to include some key points in the history of access to the countryside in Derbyshire. Click on above link for more information about the event and a list of topics covered in the performance.

PNFS Online Talks Programme - Spring 2023

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

Date/Speaker Topic Description
24 January
Rhoda Barnett, Udo Pope, Martin Hampar and Andy Leader
Courts and Inquiries Officers: some current cases the Society is pursuing 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”. In this talk four of our Courts and Inquiries officers talk about some current cases with which the Society is involved.
21 February
Casa Townsend
CPRE and the Boundary Walk Cassa is the Peak District Boundary Walk Officer. She will be talking about the work of the CPRE, focusing on the Boundary Walk which is a 190 mile route launched in 2017. The Boundary Walk is within the PNFS region and is supported by the Society. Cassa will be talking about how CPRE is promoting engagement with people using this scenic route.
21 March
David Stirling
A History of the Goyt Valley The Goyt Valley is a well-known and beautiful area just to the east of Buxton. David Stirling, a PNFS member, has been researching the history of the valley and he will be giving an illustrated talk about its fascinating past before it was flooded to form two reservoirs, Fernilee and Errwood.
25 April
Eve Holt
Greater Manchester Moving Eve Holt is the Director of Greater Manchester Moving. GM Moving is about helping everyone find time and space for physical activity in their everyday life. Moving supports our mental health and wellbeing too. Eve will be talking about the GM Moving Strategy and how walking and footpaths fits into the bigger picture.
23 May
David Gosling and other PNFS members
Historic cases the Society has fought and won In this talk we will look back at four historic cases the Society has fought and won: Snake Path (1897); Higher Benfield (1929); Bridestones (2012); and Jenny Brown’s Point, Silverdale (2019). We will look at the fascinating story behind each PNFS victory.

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.

Start the day with a laugh - John Harker

A ramble with a difference!

Reboot your walking mojo - become a footpath inspector

PNFS needs more footpath inspectors to report on and to investigate footpath problems in its areas: Lancashire - West Yorkshire - South Yorkshire - Derbyshire - Staffordshire - Cheshire - Merseyside - Greater Manchester. Become an inspector and see all those footpaths you never knew existed. Inspecting footpaths is a vital part of the work of PNFS. We now have an excellent online training course, and you will receive support from the Society’s officers. Can you inspect to protect footpaths? If so, contact Footpath Inspection Coordinator, David Gosling 07841647275 or by email

Interactive map of Derbyshire WT reserve - John Harker.

This link is to an interactive map of this Derbyshire Wildlife Trust reserve on the river Trent near Burton upon Trent. Last year the DWT released four Eurasian Beavers into an enclosure and this year two of them produced young. The map is searchable by clicking on an individual square to reveal what has been seen in that square with videos of that species. My wife and I paid a visit yesterday. Willington is on the bus route between Derby and Burton upon Trent as well as the railway line between Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham. We arrived by train. The village has pubs, tearooms and shops and it's also on the Trent & Mersey Canal so the Reserve can be combined with a walk along the canal towpath. A short distance along the canal is the Mercia Marina, the largest in the country, which has a shopping centre, restaurants, an art gallery and a canal boat tearoom. We didn't see the beavers as they are active mainly at dawn and dusk but saw plenty of other wildlife including kingfisher. A very pleasant day out.

GM Ringway - Jim Foster, Footpath Inspector

I first heard about the GM Ringway whilst attending a Bolton Public Rights of Way Group meeting in November and thought our members would be interested in learning about it. The Ringway is a 186 mile circular walking route being developed to connect the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, mainly using existing public footpaths, parks and open access land. The route can be split into twenty walkable sections all accessible by public transport. It may also be something that PNFS may want to become involved in. Further information can be found in the links below.

GM Ringway

Other Walks

Blog on Derbyshire

Member, Stephen Bailey writes a blog on Derbyshire/history/travel/roads which could be of interest to readers of Signpost. It can be found HERE. Among his recent blogs is one called '551 signs ... and counting' which highlights the work of the PNFS.

Climate Change?

I know that climate change is causing changes in the distribution of species, but this is ridiculous! Seen on the edge of Blacka Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Sheffield on 6 October. John Harker Area Officer Sheffield

PNFS Walks

All members are welcome to join any of PNFS's walks, and why not bring a friend along as well. 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
8 February David Gosling 07841 647275 Stockport circular, 7 miles. Includes Cobden's statue, Underbanks, Lancashire Bridge, TPT, disused railway tunnel, motorway underpass, Vernon Mill, new BW to Bredbury, Woodbank Park and PNFS Taylor House for a brew, St Mary's church, finish at station. Walk starts Stockport station 10:30. Trains from Manchester Piccadilly, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, etc.
8 March John Mooney 07514 219563 Marple Circular, visiting Marple Aqueduct, Etherow Park and Mellor. Manchester Piccadilly 10:9, arrives Marple 10:43; also from Sheffield. Walk starts at 10:45. 7 miles 1000ft ascent
15 April (Saturday) John Fisher 01625 439298; 07432 825624 This is to try improve participation numbers and diversity. Congleton to Kidsgrove via Staffordshire Way. 8 miles, easy, one steady climb. Train from Manchester Piccadilly via stations to Congleton at 09:47, or from Stoke-on-Trent at 09:56 via Kidsgrove. Walk starts Congleton station at 10:25.
LONGER WALKS - All on Wednesdays
Ken Smith, Co-ordinator, kensmith4rj@icloud 07918 154959
Date Leader Details
22 February Shirley Addy 07434 897143 text Dinckley Bridge. Manchester Victoria 09:41, arrive Ramsgreave and Wilpshire 10:39. 10 mile walk in the Ribble Valley with superb views. We follow the Ribble to Dinckley Bridge and bag some PNFS signposts.
29 March Martin Riley 07518 926031 Littleborough Circular Walk 09:30 Manchester Victoria to Littleborough Railway Station Walk starts at 10:00 10 miles
26 April Bill Minshall 07717 802468 Minshall Prestbury Circular Walk to Alderley Edge and back. Train Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke to Prestbury Railway Station arrive at 10:30. Walk starts at 10:35 10 miles
WEEKEND WALKS - All on Saturdays
Shirley Addy, Co-ordinator,, 07434 897143 (text).
4 February Danny Allen 07989 713205 Rossendale, one time home of quarries, textile mills and the East Lancs railway (which still runs). Walk starts at 9:30 am from Musbury Fabrics (next to Helmshore museum) on Holcombe Road (there should be plenty of parking along this road) SD777215, BB4 4NP. 9.5 miles through one time industrial countryside, max altitude 350 m, some short steep sections and mud is guaranteed.
4 March Simon Worrall 07702 582486 Pendle. Walk around three parishes in the Forest of Bowland AONB including ascent of Pendle Hill (558 m ASL). Moderate walk, approx 10 miles, mainly across moor and farm land. Starts at 10 am from Barley car park, SD8220440302, BB12 9JX (£3 all day). Meet at car park café. No dogs.
1 April David Gosling 07841 647275 Hayfield. This PNFS history walk will start at PNFS Plaque 1 and visit several sites of historical importance for PNFS and its predecessor societies including Signpost 1 and Bridge 1, the Snake Path (the Society's first victory) and the site of the Kinder Trespass. Walk starts at 10.00 am from Hayfield Bus Station SK0359086923, (P&D) or bus 358. 10 miles and quite hilly (1,700 ft ascent).
Weekend walk leaders are required for the months of August, November, December and January 2024 onwards. Please email Shirley if you are interested.

Ribble Valley Jubilee Trail - Shirley M Addy

One of my neighbours is the mayor of the Ribble Valley and one of his worship's efforts include creating the Ribble Valley Jubilee Trail to celebrate our late Queen's achievement. This is in seven linear sections, ranging from 6.7 to 11.5 miles long. I have done the first part which involves the entire length of Pendle Hill and found that several improvements have been made on the route by Lancashire County Council. Go to The Ribble Valley Jubilee Trail – Ribble Valley Borough Council for the printable route map and GPX files.

Fancy going for a walk?

Links kindly forwarded by John Harker (except where acknowledged otherwise).

A walk in the Staffordshire Peak District.

Bradford West Yorkshire walking

Watch Blackpool walk

Watch Dewsbury Walk: Town Centre (4K) on YouTube

Haworth to Hebden Bridge

Fells walk to the Butchers Arms, Yorkshire Dales

Station-to-station walk in Bronte country

Six of the best city walks including Leeds & Greater Manchester

Walking routes in the Shirebrook valley separating Handsworth and Woodhouse in Sheffield

A walk in the Forest of Bowland.

Alternatives to Camino de Santiago for quieter walking.

A walk along the Derbyshire Derwent.

A countryside walk near Blackpool.

A walk in Longdendale

Woodland walking in Greater Manchester.

A walk around the old Derwent village normally submerged.

A walk near Marple including canal and river.

Lancashire walk to Winter Hill.

Walk another section of the TPT in North-East Derbyshire at Killamarsh. Not sure it could ever be called a "Sheffield lost station"

Walk in Win Hill area including a PNFS signpost 1minute 5 seconds in.

Watch "Batley Walk: Town Centre (4K)" on YouTube

A moorland walk to a temperance bar: Mr Fitzpatrick’s, Rawtenstall

A hidden Peak District waterfall

A walk along the Etherow valley on the Longdendale Trail

Walk over the viaduct near Conisbrough for spectacular views.

Walk part of the TPT near Barnsley town centre.

A walk up Cave Dale Castleton Peak District Park

A walk in North -East Derbyshire tracing an old railway line.

A 6 mile walk through limestone dales in the Peak District National Park.

Short walk onto Bamford Edge in the Peak District National Park.

A walk onto Mam Tor Peak District National Park

A walk taking in Hen Cloud and The Roaches in the Staffordshire Peak District.

A walk around Wycoller in Lancashire.

A walk around Haworth West Yorkshire

Family friendly walks in the Peak District National Park.

Walks featuring waterfalls in the Peak District National Park.

Railli Quays case - that Martin Hampur and David Gosling are involved with - John Harker

Manchester Evening News Report

New stock of badges

The enamel pin badge is 25 mm diameter with a broach pin fastening. The cost is a minimum donation of £4 including p&p. The increase is due to higher second class postage costs. 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

Time Walking?

An amusing blue plaque on a house near Mytholmroyd in Calderdale. It stands on Footpath 038 (Hebden Royd). John Harker

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 PNFS Parish Councils Why don't you contact your own parish council and tell them about the PNFS? For more information about the PNFS's Improvement Fund HERE

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

In case you've missed ...

Thanks go to John Harker for forwarding all these links (except where acknowledged otherwise).

Interesting piece about how heather domesticated humans from the earliest historical periods onwards.  How one modest shrub entrapped humans in its service | Aeon Essays

Railway worker sees "black panther" near Chinley Dark Peak

Ladybower Reservoir - more secrets revealed

Two teenage wild campers film 'big cat' near Jacob's Ladder Edale.

Parakeets brighten up an urban walk. Have Society members spotted them? I have them in my local woods in Sheffield 15 minutes from where I live.

Path network near Heanor Derbyshire in danger from major housing development. Residents will have to keep windows closed due to noise. I'm the inspector for Heanor & Loscoe parish.

Lancashire Red Squirrels in decline.

Are there really 'big cats' in the Peak District?

Big cat sightings recently by walkers in Doncaster area.

Visiting the grave of Alice Nutter-one of the so-called "Pendle Witches"

An artist walks along the river Irwell.

A visit to the uncovered Derwent village usually underwater.

Some of the most popular corners of the Peak District National Park.

Peak District National Park: Last pylon toppled to improve views, Ken Brockway -

Parking charges have been approved by Barnsley Council at car parks near Langsett Reservoir on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

If you love this area, then this free online talk next February might be of interest to some of you.

Giant reservoir expansion planned in Peak District. Conserving water might be a better idea. Mend leaking pipes. Reduce shareholders dividend? I'm a shareholder.

Another Slow Ways walk, Ken Brockway.

Derwent village and Hall emerge from beneath the reservoir in the drought.

This C18th folly on the Wentworth Woodhouse estate has been repaired and reopened to the public. A popular walking area the Column is surrounded by an excellent path network.

The bridge over Burbage Brook in the photo was paid for by Graham Sencicle. He was the Society's inspector for Grindleford parish and got this obstructed path reopened and paid for a new bridge to replace one long gone.   I recollect him telling me that he had inherited a legacy from a close friend and decided that this was a fitting tribute to that friend.

Sometimes, walkers stray over a county boundary and find a problem path.  I did recently in Nottinghamshire near Stapleford on the Derbyshire boundary. I was staying nearby whilst representing the Society at a public inquiry in Risley down the road in Derbyshire.  I reported the issues via this link which will upload photos to the report you write. However, said photos need to be crushed down as small as possible to be accepted.  I found out the respective parish and definitive number from the Barry Cornelius website It was Beeston FP23.  Beware however, Notts CC have undergone savage cuts in their budgets for PRoWs over the last 10+ years. The webpage is ready with it's excuses as to why your report will take time to be looked into, and maybe ignored, in favour of more pressing problems. A sign of the times not just in Notts.  Having said that, the paths were generally in good fettle and well signposted and waymarked. Better than Derbyshire in my view.

If only a fraction of that went into PRoW maintenance and enhancement.

Photos of drowned villages amidst talk of a new 'super' reservoir in the upper Derwent valley.

Parking fees for National Park car parks being reviewed.

A town in Calderdale often overshadowed by nearby Hebden Bridge, but well worth a visit. A good place to incorporate in a walk using a rich and varied path network including the Rochdale Canal towpath. John Harker

Walker hospitalised after attack by rutting deer stag.

Best places in Yorkshire for autumn colours include Wentworth Castle Gardens near Barnsley & Nostell Priory near Wakefield.

Mountain Rescue have to be called to walker stuck in mud at 'lost' village in Peak District.

Watch "Highways of the Forgotten - The Ancient English Footpath" on YouTube

A collection of short films about walking/running in and around Sheffield and its surrounding countryside

Watch "The Lost Hull & Barnsley Railway between Sprotbrough and Cadeby" on YouTube

An area that's very popular with Sheffield walkers as well as those NE Derbyshire locals.

A series of short films about Amber Valley Derbyshire places of interest like the Cromford Canal and Crich tramway museum.

Walking in Transylvania. Clove of garlic optional.

Missing or damaged bridges at Staveley near Chesterfield. Local MP gets involved.

Photo of Parkhouse Hill, upper Dove valley, Peak District National Park wins it's taker Landscape Photographer of the Year award 2022.

Water hydration - do we need to drink as much as we think need?

Landowner in Worcestershire charged with assaulting three walkers and blocking footpath

For engineers.

This Xmas, an illuminated walking trail to enjoy.

Dog friendly walks in the Lake District.

Lancashire County Council and local parish council work to regenerate woodland trails near Burnley.

Sculpture and walking in the same location.

I know that the PDNPA isn't a Highway Authority but it is an Access Authority & Planning Authority. It's staff do a lot of work on PROWs as well. Should we be lobbying MPs to oppose these cuts?

New 186 mile long distance walk around Greater Manchester to be created.

60 parks and gardens for walking in Greater Manchester

Setting up a walking group

More secrets revealed of Derwent village

This upgrade is affecting public rights of way crossings which PNFS volunteers are having to deal with. John Harker C&I Officer Leeds

People power brings improved train services in Peak District.

Walking the GR11 in the Pyrenees for charity.

Walking is good for you.

New section of England National Coast Path opens in Kent.

Now that's a Long Distance Path.

For all you light weight backpackers out there.

Lots of lovely photos of New Mills and the Torrs Gorge.

True north, magnetic north and grid north to combine over Britain for the first time in history.  Shirley Addy.

This Yorkshire Post piece would go well along side the article I wrote about the Wentworth Estate follies (see Signpost 74).

Not our area, but well done Scarborough Council for sticking up for walkers.  Scarborough: Railway footbridge demolition plan rejected -

A walk along the Cumbrian coast on the new National Trail

Not our area, but I'm sure our members will walk in the Dales occasionally.

A625 at Calver in Peak District National Park to close for 4 weeks

The hamlet with a split personality.

Birds to look for on an autumn/winter walk.

"Nidderdale Moorlands Group"?  Smells like a "puff piece" for moorland owners. Doesn't tally with RSPB reports that North Yorkshire is the worst area nationally for raptor persecution.

"Be careful out there".

Damaged peatlands to get restoration funding

Quarry reserve in Lancashire to be improved to attract more visitors

Well worth a visit as part of a walk in Calderdale.

Combine a visit with a visit to Halifax Piece Hall (see other link)

Lake District valley getting new National Nature Reserve status.

A hidden waterfall near Matlock.

A new film about the Great Sheffield Flood and efforts to improve flood defences.

Beautiful photos of autumn in Derbyshire.

Tour of the Cromford Derbyshire Dales area including local lead mines, Sheep Pasture Incline on the Cromford and High Peak Railway and Leabrook Pumping House.

Eyam's hidden corners.

Large parts of national parks in England and Wales off limits, data shows

Sections of the Tissington Trail face temporary closure due to tree work over the winter.

Cafe at Rivington Pike gets national praise.

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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