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Seek out those Lost Paths!

December 18, 2010

Did you know that many old country paths, some very well used but not recorded on the Definitive Map, will be lost for ever after 2026 unless they are claimed now?

This was decreed in the worst clause of the 2000 Countryside and Rights of Way Act.

A Devon Hollow Way


After 2026, all of these old paths will be extinguished, become private property with walkers and riders banned. Once this happens, there will be no chance of getting any of them back.

Now, 2026 might seem a long way away, but it is nothing in the scale of time it takes to get these paths recorded as either footpaths or bridleways on local Definitive Maps.

So now is the time to take action. Please think of your own immediate neighbourhood, look at paths and tracks which are not currently on the map, but which are clearly used. These may be field paths, green lanes, walks through woodlands and across open countryside. Dig out your Ordnance Survey maps and look for paths and tracks that are not marked as public rights of way. Seek out these lost paths in your favourite walking areas.

Send all information, including photocopies of maps if possible, to the secretary or footpaths officer of your local group of the Ramblers (addresses on their websites) or to the Ramblers head office (address below).

Please do everything you can to help today, to save these lovely old tracks from annihilation.  Recording and saving these old paths before they become lost paths is a project crying out for volunteers.

The Ramblers 2nd Floor Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TW, UK
Tel +44 (0)20 7339 8500
Fax +44 (0)20 7339 8501


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