RAMBLERS: Members of the local Ramblers’ Group are perhaps best known for their comprehensive walking programme with walks throughout the year from short to long. The programme is part of ‘promoting walking’, one of their charitable objectives.
What is less well known is the amount of time volunteers spend to make ‘just going for a walk’ possible, and available. In so doing, they are meeting their other charitable objectives, ‘to protect, maintain, and improve rights of way’.
During 2012, a core of regulars provided over 1200 hours of practical work, usually working with the Countryside Service rangers, to maintain and improve the footpath and bridleway network. The volunteers replace awkward stiles with wicket and kissing gates, install marker posts, and steps, cut back up-growth, improve drainage, and generally keep paths open.