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Local authorities 'need to continue walking route spending'

Posted 27 October 2010
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Local authorities 'need to continue walking route spending'
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The government's spending review could make it more difficult for owners of walking gear to get out and enjoy the countryside.

This is according to chief executive at the Ramblers Tom Franklin, who has urged local authorities to resist the temptation to cut funding and "safeguard" footpaths around Britain

Maintenance of walking routes is already partially carried out by the group, which uses volunteers to clear debris and put up signs, stiles and gates.

Mr Franklin said if the cutbacks result in a fall in the standard of countryside right of way, it could bring a return to the 1960s, "when access to the countryside was more of a challenge than a pleasure".

The Ramblers, which is celebrating its 75th birthday this year, has 120,000 members across England, Scotland and Wales and works to promote the benefits of walking in Britain by making it more accessible and providing walking environments that are of high quality.

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