Adventurers needed in the North West to explore local paths
Ramblers is calling on young people in the North West to head off the beaten
track to explore footpaths in their area, in the very 1st 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 1st time this has ever been done!
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 to 24, for 3 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 North West 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 North West, 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:-
Ramblers.Org.UK/BigPathWatch. To sign up for
the Big Pathwatch as part of DofE, visit:-