Call to young people of Sussex to survey country’s footpaths

Volunteers are needed to help maintain footpaths PNL-151105-153851001
Volunteers are needed to help maintain footpaths PNL-151105-153851001

The Ramblers is calling on young people in Sussex to head off the beaten track to explore footpaths in their area, in the very first project to gather a complete picture of the state of footpaths throughout England and Wales.

The Big Pathwatch is the Ramblers’ biggest and most ambitious project ever to survey every right of way in England and Wales in order to build a national picture of the state of the paths – the first time this has ever been done.

A spokesperson from the Ramblers said that it is the perfect chance for adventurous young people to discover new places and paths, and this opportunity can now be done by those aged 14-24 for three months to count for the Volunteering section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

Ramblers’ chief executive Benedict Southworth said: “Over the years the DofE has become immensely important in recognising those who learn key life skills and give back to their community. We’re thrilled that the Big Pathwatch is now part of such a great programme.

“The South East is spoiled with beautiful countryside that is both historic and important to local people, but this could easily be lost to us if we don’t preserve and protect these areas. To do that, we need everyone’s help to walk our rights of way and tell us what they find.

“If you’re keen to get involved, why not download the free app and head out to explore with your friends and let us know what you find. Not only will you be able to discover secret places in the South East, but more importantly, you will be offering a valuable service to your community by helping to protect and improve our paths for years to come.”

The Big Pathwatch is the Ramblers’ ground-breaking project to gather the full picture of the state of the path network in England and Wales in order to come up with creative solutions to keep them open and well-maintained.

People can get involved by downloading the free smartphone app, walking their favourite paths and reporting back on what they find – whether that’s a wonky bridge or locked gate, a beautiful view or interesting wildlife.

Those who do not have a smartphone can still take part via the Ramblers website.

For more information about the Big Pathwatch, visit www.Ramblers.org.uk/bigpathwatch. To sign up for the Big Pathwatch as part of DofE, visit www.Ramblers.org.uk/bigpathwatchdofe.

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