Thanks to David for this latest news from Isle of Wight Ramblers. Ed
Following the launch of the Big Pathwatch, the nation’s biggest ever footpath survey, Isle of Wight Ramblers can confirm that some 40% of the 520 mile network of footpaths has already been surveyed.
But more help is needed now, before Winter sets in, and to complete the project by the end of 2015.
Half term walks
Next week is half term and walkers are being encouraged to take the family outdoors and to complete the survey at the same time. Isle of Wight Ramblers has a set of activity sheets to keep young children amused during the walk.
These can be downloaded from the Website. The Ramblers is also accredited as a provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze medal award (volunteering for 14 years old plus).
Help to develop long term strategies
Mike Slater, Area Chairman, said
“It’s great fun to explore new paths and so help to ensure that they are in a good state to walk.”
By getting the complete picture, the Big Pathwatch will help the Ramblers develop long term strategies to keep paths clear for the future, boosting tourism, the economy and the nation’s physical and mental wellbeing.
Download the Big Pathwatch app
The easiest way to get involved is to download the free Big Pathwatch app. The app allows people to share their experiences as they walk every right of way within a specific grid square. They’ll be asked to note any problems they encounter, as well as share the positive features, the beautiful views or interesting landscapes they see.
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 help inform a range of solutions to ensure its upkeep.
Fixing problems along the way
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 the long term solutions to ensure the path network is protected for years to come.
Those who don’t have a smartphone can still get involved by downloading materials from the Ramblers website. To find out more, or to take part in the Big Pathwatch, Visit our Website.