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Preserving Our Paths

August 29, 2014

Very sad to see that the Ramblers Association’s group footpath officers are agreeing 93% of rights of way diversions. Here’s one good reason on why they should rein back on collaborating with this back-door rationalisation of our quirky and charming network of footpaths and bridleways.

Over The Hills

The original lines of our ancient pathways should be preserved, not only that we might find access to the heart of our countryside, but so that we might do so in the footsteps of our ancestors.Britain’s network of public footpaths and bridleways might be eccentric to the bureaucratic eye, but it does serve a good purpose as a way of accessing the land without trespassing.

We are fortunate that there are so many footpaths and bridleways – the first the domain of walkers only, the latter that of walkers, cyclists and horse riders. These are now marked on the Ordnance Survey maps and on the Definitive Maps of rights of way kept by local authorities. They are, in law, part of the Queen’s Highway, just the same as a country lane, urban road or motorway. But our rights of way network is probably the most undervalued, certainly the most…

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  1. richardsonlilian permalink
    August 29, 2014 2:52 pm

    I have identified two further paths at Snettisham Beach that should be awarded the status of PROW. Hope the Ramblers will help add these two to the definitive map this time.

  2. August 29, 2014 2:54 pm

    Worth putting it to them and to the local highway authority.

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