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Ramblers in new footpath study plan

Posted 17 March 2011
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Ramblers in new footpath study plan
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The Ramblers has called for volunteers to become "mystery walkers" and check out the state of their local footpaths.

It is asking for individuals to don their walking boots and walk along every path within two miles of where they live, with the aim being to establish where there are problems and also what looks in good shape.

This way, the Ramblers will then be able to inform local councils where paths are obstructed or in disrepair, while also offering a pat on the back to those who have kept rights of way in good shape.

Possible neglect of paths is one of the concerns the Ramblers has raised with local authorities in recent months, amid concerns these could be regarded as an easy target for bodies seeking to find ways to trim their budgets.

In December, it sent a letter to every local authority in the country, arguing there is a risk such cuts could leave paths in a state comparable to the 1960s, when, it stated, few of them were without obstruction.