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Mystery walkers to check footpaths

Posted 11 January 2011
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Mystery walkers to check footpaths
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Those who like to put on their hiking boots and go walking are being targeted in a recruitment drive by the Ramblers to test the state of Britain's footpaths.

Operating in a similar way to mystery shoppers working for consumer groups, the walkers will set off down various footpaths and report back on their condition.

This will enable the body to create a map of the best and worst places to walk, as well as identifying which local authorities are keeping their routes in good repair and which ones are not.

Ramblers campaigns officer Anastasia French said: "Volunteering has never been more pleasant, just by going for a short local walk you can help to play your part to protect the future of our footpaths."

The body has been campaigning against decisions by some local authorities to use cuts to footpath maintenance as a way of reducing spending.

Last month saw it protesting against Bolton council's plans to axe all funding for rights of way in the borough.