The above association has set itself in earnest to raise a sufficient guarantee fund to enable it, should it be necessary, to appeal to the decision of a court of law against those who have closed sundry important footpaths in the neighbourhood of Keswick, over which it is believed the public has a right of way.  In all cases the society in the first instance will seek to attain its ends by amicable arrangement.  No legal proceedings will be taken without Counsel’s opinion on the legality of each claim, and without the consent of two-thirds of the members of the society present at a meeting convened to decide the matter.  That the public, for whom the society takes the defence of rights, is interested beyond the mere circle of residents must be plain to all who realise the fact that numbers of tourists and visitors from all parts of the world resort to the Keswick district during the summer, and that these, by the closing of footpaths, find themselves debarred from a source of great enjoyment.  It is earnestly hoped that all desirous of preserving for this district one of its chief attractions will give practical aid to the above association.

(English Lakes Visitor and Keswick Guardian, 6 August 1887, p. 5)