Ramblers are planning a media launch during the week of 14 – 20 November to bring attention to the report, encourage people to download the new Pathwatch app, and get people signed up to our new campaign. The launch will involve some of our path maintenance teams tackling path problems on Offa’s Dyke, showcasing the wonderful work Ramblers do to protect our path network – work we want to build on across England and Wales.
We know that our rights of way are an asset – for transport, the economy and for our health and wellbeing. We need local authorities, at all levels, to see that value and give the necessary support to the network. We will be working with them, and with you, to achieve this change in behaviour and practice. This will involve helping local authorities access different sources of funding, and showing how working across different teams within authorities can maximise the value of the network (e.g. how rights of way are a concern for health teams as well as highway teams).
We also know we need to convince the wider walking public of the value of rights of way. Although there are millions of walkers in England and Wales, we believe that interest in maintaining rights of way is comparatively low. We want to change that and encourage more people to monitor and maintain rights of way. With more public interest and support for rights of way, there will be greater political will to recognise their value and invest resources into their maintenance.
The Pathwatch campaign will therefore seek support from those who don't currently support the network, as well as from those who do. There will be activity aimed at all walkers so they can contribute to our aim of a well maintained path network across England and Wales by 2020.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or require further information.
With kind regards,
Ramblers Director of advocacy and engagement
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