For everyone who walks the condition of our footpaths and bridleways is of vital importance. We need well-signposted routes to follow, for paths to be clear of obstacles (fallen trees, overgrown vegetation, unsafe stiles and bridges etc) so that we can continue on our way and enjoy our walks and the countryside.
Ramblers put a great deal of effort into monitoring, preserving, maintaining and extending our Rights of Way (RoW) network by
- regularly surveying footpaths to identify and report problems. Most Ramblers groups in Hampshire carry out systematic surveys of the RoW in two parishes each year
- undertaking practical work on vegetation clearance, repairing bridges, replacing stiles with gates, adding waymarks to help walkers to find their way
- researching 'lost ways' - footpaths that are not shown on the Definitive Map of RoW. If they are not added by 2026 they will disappear for ever
- monitoring new building developments to ensure that footpaths are preserved or improved or added to - a major task with all the new housing being introduced
- identifying suitable routes for the coastal path that is being introduced around England.
Ramblers volunteers in Hampshire contribute hundreds of hours each year to footpath work. You can make out a very strong case for everyone who uses our RoW network to join the Ramblers even if they do not walk with Ramblers groups,
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