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Campaign backs county's footpaths

Posted 23 November 2011
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Campaign backs county's footpaths
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Shropshire's network of footpaths should go on being maintained by the county council, campaigners have insisted.

The Ramblers has backed a petition that has gathered over 3,000 signatures calling on the authority not to make any further cuts to its rights of way team.

It is inviting people to grab their backpacks and walking boots to join a walk to celebrate the county's paths on November 24th - the day the petition is handed in at the council's office - by hiking from Shrewsbury's Abbey Foregate to Shire Hall along the Old Potts Way railway route.

It argues that the current good state of paths in Shropshire will not last if more reductions are made on top of the 40 per cent budget cut this year.

Chair of Shropshire Ramblers Peter Carr said: "The current status of Shropshire's footpaths should be something to be proud of, but this won't last long if these cuts continue."

Popular walks in Shropshire include climbing The Wrekin, one of its most distinctive hills.