Paths in danger of being lost forever, say Ramblers

The Westmorland Gazette: Ramblers boss warns of risk to North West rights of way Ramblers boss warns of risk to North West rights of way

HISTORIC footpaths in the North West are ‘at risk of being lost forever’.

Any of the ‘serious backlog’ of historic paths not officially recorded as public rights of way by 2026 will be extinguished.

And a Paths in Crisis report by the Ramblers has revealed there are more than 4,000 paths waiting to be determined as legal rights of way in England. The organisation has launched the Don’t Lose Your Way campaign to help combat the problem by working to make the process of recording paths more efficient.

Ramblers’ chief executive Benedict Southworth said: “Our network of paths provide an important role connecting people to green spaces, allowing them to travel to shops and to schools and are enjoyed by millions.”

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11:30am Tue 25 Feb 14

Mrs. Pearson says...

Shropshire has the same sort of problem because paths are being illegally blocked or are not maintained. Many times we've had to turn back unable to complete a walk. It is said that Shropshire is the worst county for poorly managing public footpaths but with council cuts the problem only stands to get worse everywhere.
Shropshire has the same sort of problem because paths are being illegally blocked or are not maintained. Many times we've had to turn back unable to complete a walk. It is said that Shropshire is the worst county for poorly managing public footpaths but with council cuts the problem only stands to get worse everywhere. Mrs. Pearson

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