Ramblers unveil ‘Big Pathwatch’ app for survey campaign
The Ramblers has launched its ‘Big Pathwatch’ campaign and accompanying app to survey the nation’s footpaths and target action to stop them falling into disrepair.
The Ramblers has launched its ‘Big Pathwatch’ campaign to survey the nation’s footpaths and target action to stop them falling into disrepair. To accompany the campaign, the charity has launched a new smartphone app so that walkers can survey their local pathways.
The charity says that over 86,000 problems, including overgrown areas, fallen trees and erosion, were reported last year across England’s paths, but it estimates that the problem is much larger than this.
The Big Pathwatch campaign is hoped to build a full national picture of the path network in England and Wales.
Users of the app will be encouraged to ‘adopt’ a local area of pathway and record what they find with possible actions.
The Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth said: “We know that there are currently problems on our paths that stop people in their tracks.
“We need to find the true extent of the problem and explore how this affects anyone who uses our paths, whether that’s on their shortcut to the shops or while they’re out enjoying our glorious countryside.
“That’s why we’ve launched the Big Pathwatch. Together, we will walk every right of way in England and Wales to help build a national picture of the state of our path network – the first time this has ever been done.”
The results from the survey will be compiled into a full report once it closes at the end of the year, with the findings set for release in early 2016.