Footpaths

pic5xFootpaths & Bridleways

Cleeve Ramblers walk mainly in the famous Cotswolds designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The wide network of public footpaths and bridleways is maintained by Gloucestershire County Council Highways Authority. A ground breaking survey of the Rights of Way network in which every sign, stile, gate, bridge or other aspect of each path is digitally recorded has been completed.

Cleeve Ramblers works closely with the County Council Public Rights of Way Office to ensure that the network of paths is well maintained and that any problems such as obstructions, overgrowth, ploughing up of paths, damaged stiles, missing signs etc are reported, monitored and returned to serviceable condition.

Some 50 years ago a definitive map was created to show rights of way (the County Council holds the local record). However the work is still not complete as a glance at any OS map will show footpaths terminating at Parish Boundaries. Others will be known locally but not yet shown on the map. Even today, despite paths being there for hundreds of years, there are pressures to move the paths away from new and existing development or close them completely within urban areas. The footpath network is part of our heritage and respected around the world. We need your help to keep it.

If you wish to report any problem that you may have encountered during a walk you can do so either via the Ramblers website using a Path Problem Report form at ramblers@ramblers.org.uk or contact the Gloucestershire County Council Rights of Way office at prow@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can report any problems to our Cleeve Ramblers Footpaths Officer, footpaths@cleeveramblers.org.uk

Grid references are a good way of identifying the exact location of any problem and we have a simple guide on how to work it out.

National and local contacts

The Ramblers Central Office, 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW Tel: +44 (0) 207 339 8500
John Lane, Gloucestershire County Council, PROW Department, County Hall, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL1 2TG Tel: +44 (0) 1452 425649

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