Peak District and surrounding areas

Who we are

The PNFS is made up of people like you with a common passion for walking. Whether it's a walk over fells and hills or using an urban path to get to the shops, taking children to school or walking the dog.

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The Peak & Northern Footpaths Society has been active for well over 100 years, promoting the interests of public footpath users in the North Midlands and North West of England. We monitor, protect, and improve the footpath network for the benefit of all.


Our team of over 100 volunteer footpath inspectors regularly walk footpaths checking for problems and reporting them to the responsible local authority. We also monitor proposals affecting rights of way. Local authorities in the region are required by law to inform us about all such proposals.


We work with local authorities (who are often short of resources) to get footpath problems resolved as soon as possible. We investigate planning proposals and respond to them to ensure that the interests of walkers are properly taken into account.


We erect signposts and bridges to help walkers. There are hundreds of our signposts and dozens of our bridges in the region, and more are being added all the time.

We are a registered charity and all of our work is done by volunteers. Whether you are a rambler, a stroller, a fell walker or a dog walker, we can help each other.

For more information, please visit our website.

Contact Details

Contact name: See our website for email address for different issues

Phone number: 0161 480 3565

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Address: Postal address: Taylor House 23 Turncroft Lane Offerton Stockport SK1 4AB


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Peak District and surrounding areas

Other Details

Cost: Membership available Individual £15.00 Household £25.50 for two or more people living at the same address Concessionary £7.50 for people under 21 and in full-time education, or on low income and claiming benefit Affiliate £22.50 or organisations

Published: 10 May 2021