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The Big Pathwatch

How to take part - view this now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwhD_5JdMEQ

This summer the Ramblers will be calling on walkers to help with its biggest and most ambitious footpath survey. The Big Pathwatch is the only project that aims not only to walk every right of way in England and Wales to find out what state the paths are in, but also to help fix any problems.

Walkers will be able to download the Big Pathwatch app and share their experiences as they walk every right of way within a specific grid square. They'll be asked to share the positive features of the walk, the beautiful views or interesting landscapes they see, as well as noting any problems they encounter. Participants without a smartphone will also be able to take part, using a paper survey form printed from our website.

The results of the Big Pathwatch will allow the Ramblers to create a comprehensive report on the state of the path network, which will be used to campaign for its upkeep. Where possible, Ramblers' path maintenance teams will be heading out to fix problems found through the survey, clearing brambles and other overgrown vegetation, improving path surfaces and fixing bridges and gates.

Importantly, the results will enable the Ramblers to come up with other long term solutions to ensure the path network is protected for years to come.

The project will be officially launched on 13 July, and all Ramblers members will be encouraged to sign up and pick a square to survey. Keep an eye on our website http://www.ramblers.org.uk/pathwatch for pre-registration and further details coming soon.

The Big Pathwatch is generously funded by the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.

afp1Footpath Maintenance:-

Tuesday 21 July

Golden Valley Road Riddings DE55 4ES

Riddings FP11 & FP16

The task, clearing back brambles, nettles and overhanging branches.

A smaller than usual group today completed the above task clearing an 80 yard stretch of path completely covered in the above, we also cleared overhanging braches along the nearby tow path, despite the odd shower of rain.

Picture by Peter W. p1

The job Sawmills off A610 Tuesday 23 June (step repair and clearing)

Map ref SK 360522

Nearest Post Code DE56 2JQ

Eight of us reported for duty today, so we were able to complete the task set before us with ease. We cleared the undergrowth from the sides, cleaned and resurfaced the steps where necessary, replaced rotted boards and re-established the proper entrance from the foot way.Some pictures below taken by Peter W, and myself.



















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