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Mystery Walking

March 16, 2011

The Ramblers are looking for “Mystery Walkers” in England and Wales to carry out a “light touch” survey on a 2 mile walk from an assigned grid square near wherkitchener 341e they live.

Reports by ‘mystery walkers’ have the potential to benefit the walking environment in various ways. The act of merely walking the paths by itself helps to keep them open; and reports about the state of the network provide evidence that the public are using it, or trying to. They also help to focus the highway authority’s attention on localities in which paths have become neglected; and ‘good’ reports can be a morale-booster to hard-pressed council rights-of-way staff, very many of whom are dedicated and committed enthusiasts constrained by depleting resources and, sometimes, councillors who have not yet seen the economy-promoting, health-enhancing and environment-improving qualities that a well-funded and carefully-managed footpath network brings with it.

The data that is then fed back to us can help to create a map of where the best and the worst places to walk are. It will also give us an opportunity to put to the test anecdotal evidence that there is a link between how good a path is and how much you enjoy your walk.

The survey is very easy to carry out and is a great way to spend an afternoon!

For more information or to register for the Mystery Walker scheme go to:


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  1. March 17, 2011 10:11 am

    Hello John
    I’d be very interested in mystery walking for the Ramblers. My husband and I joined a while back however but as yet have not had a single communication from them, though the money has been paid over from our account. I’m no Einstein but 11 months membership for the price of 12 doesn’t seem like a good bargain!


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