1. Footpath alongside the Artlebeck from Brookhouse Road to Hornby Road

Lancashire County Council is responsible for reinstating this footpath. Both the Parish Council and the Peak and Northern Footpath Society have asked them to act. However the work will be very expensive. It seems it will need more pressure from local residents to get action from LCC on the footpath. If you want to see this footpath restored, please contact The Lancashire County Council Public Rights of Way team by email on, or telephone 01772 530317. The reference number for the footpath is FP14 in Caton-with-Littledale. It would be helpful if you could let the Parish Clerk have a copy of your letter or email, or information about your phonecall.

  1. Potential lost rights of ways

The Ramblers Association has done a lot of work identifying potential lost rights of way throughout the country. They have used old maps and local volunteers to identify and map these paths. In our area there are a number around Escowbeck and running from Crook o’Lune/Scarthwaite south into Quernmore. There are also possible lost paths in the hills in the Gresgarth/ Littledale/ The Cragg area. If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to get involved in this work, there is information on the Ramblers Association website. The local contact is Joy Greenwood on 01524 32816. Her email is

  1. Footpaths along country roads

Lancashire County Council and the Forest of Bowland AONB want to encourage safe rural walking routes. One improvement could be additional pavements on busy country roads, or new paths alongside them. In our parish this might include stretches such as from Forge Mill/Gresgarth into Caton or along Littledale Road. We’ll keep you informed.