Type of Walk: Footpath Association

*Abbots Bromley Footpath Society
Overview

'Formed in 1971, the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society exists to promote the use of Rights of Way in Abbots Bromley and the surrounding parishes. Since then the Society has been responsible for the re-opening of many paths in the area by clearing undergrowth and erecting stiles and bridges.'

*Alderley Edge Wilmslow & District Footpath Preservation Society
Overview

'Founded in 1913 we have a current membership of more than fifty.'

*Bishop's Stortford & District Footpaths Association
Overview

'We have published several booklets recommending walks on circular and linear routes, and are currently working on a project to produce more of these walks in a widening circle of up to an 8-mile radius around town.  We also publish monthly walks on our website.'

*Braughing Parish Paths Group
Overview

'Formed in 2004 with the encouragement of the Parish Council Committee to promote the enjoyment of the Public Rights of Way in the Parish and to monitor their maintenance. There are 37 Rights of Way in the Parish totalling over 21 miles ... In 2007, using a grant from the Parish Paths Partnership and a donation from Glaxo Smith Kline, the Paths Group produced a map leaflet showing the public rights of way in the parish and four suggested walks.'

*Bushey and District Footpaths Association
Overview

'With the incorporation of the Watford Fieldpath Association, the BADFA area greatly increased. It now is roughly bounded by Borehamwood, Harrow, Rickmansworth, Chenies, Chesham, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Radlett; but focuses mainly on Bushey, Aldenham, Watford, and Watford Rural "parishes".'

*Calstock Footpath Society
Overview

'Calstock Parish stretches from Gunnislake in the east to the bounds of Kit Hill. There are 40 Public Rights of Way identified by standards set by Cornwall Council who classify county paths as Gold, Silver and Bronze. It is significant that all parish paths are Gold with only one classified as Silver. Many of the paths are rich in industrial heritage, provide magnificent views of countryside and the Tamar with links to woodland and quiet lanes and roads.'

*Cleobury Mortimer Footpath Association
Overview

'Formed in 1990. The Association was a founding member (1993) of Shropshire’s Parish Paths Partnerships (P3) programme - now one of a large number of volunteer groups that provide a vital contribution to the maintenance of public rights of way for County Council on a voluntary basis.'

*Community Rights of Way Service [CROWS]
Overview

'Aims to maintain and repair Rights of Way and permissive paths in the Upper Calder and Ryburn valleys and to report to the local council on the condition of the Rights of Way network.'

*Dedham Footpath Group
Overview

'This guide is designed to allow visitors and residents to enjoy the large number of footpaths that exist in and around the historic village of Dedham, in north-east Essex. Many of the views that you will see have been immortalised in the pictures of John Constable RA, who lived in the neighbouring village of East Bergholt, and attended school in Dedham ... '

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Dedham Parish Council

*Ditchling Footpaths Conservation Society
Overview

'The Society brings together those who are interested in the local public footpaths and bridleways of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston.'

Exploring Ditchling by Footpaths Conservation Society  'Ten family walks, between three and six miles long, in and around the picturesque villages of Ditchling, Streat, and Westmeston, including Ditchling Common and Ditchling Beacon.'

*Dover and Thanet Rights of Way Society
Overview

'Our walks take place all year round on public rights of way, in the districts of Dover, Thanet and sometimes Canterbury ... Members work with other local walking groups to help keep rights of way in good order and accessible to all.'

*Dronfield Footpaths and Bridleways Society
Overview

'Formed in 1989 to save and improve local paths. We now have 140 members and run a series of regular, all year round, guided walks.'

*Earlston Paths Group
Overview

Paths For All Community Path Group of The Year 2015 ! 'The successful Earlston Paths Group was formed in 2005 with a broad aim to develop & maintain a sustainable and accessible path network around the Earlston and Redpath areas.  We also care for and maintain paths that we've created all year round ...'

*East Herts Footpath Society
Overview

'An independent walking and campaigning group with a membership of 300+ households, mostly living in East Hertfordshire.'

*Findern Footpaths and Conservation Group
Overview

'Formed as a Findern Parish Council Working party in 1998, initially with four members. Since those early days, we have grown to a Group of about twelve members, some of whom are Parish Councillors. We are a diverse group, we range in ages up to our oldest members who are in their seventies! Some of us have disabilities. We are proud to have a group of youngsters who help us with our projects. Everyone is valued for the skills they bring to the Group.'

*Forres Footpaths Trust
Overview

'Dedicated to establishing a network of walks in and around Forres. Few Scottish towns can boast the same kind of beauty and history that surrounds this Royal Burgh. In order to enjoy all that is on offer, the Trust has developed a number of walks around the town. Choose to look at the many historic artefacts still on show, marvel at the glorious floral displays or simply stroll around and get a feel for this beautiful town.'

*Goostrey Footpaths Group
Overview

'An informal group of volunteers who work in co-operation with Goostrey Parish Council and Cheshire County Council Public Rights of Way Unit to maintain and improve rural footpaths around the village, making them more enjoyable and accessible to all, and to encourage the use of these footpaths ...'

*Great Yeldham Walking Group
Overview

'An informal group who meet once a month to walk the local footpaths. The walks vary in length but usually last about two hours. We have footpaths on all sides of the village and different routes are chosen from month to month to give as much variety as possible. This is a good way to get to know your local countryside without having to be super-fit.'

*Kenilworth Footpath Preservation Group
Overview

'Our main aim is to clear and waymark a hundred plus rights of way - footpaths and bridleways in Kenilworth and the surrounding parishes, to make sure that all the paths in our latest booklet Kenilworth and Beyond are always open, accessible and clearly marked. This involves building stiles, gates and bridges, path clearance and waymarking with blue and yellow arrows. In addition we hold two social events each year in August and December.'

*Lewes Footpaths Group
Overview

'We are a friendly walking group that arranges a regular programme of walks, social events, coach outings, and holidays for members. We also maintain rights of way in the area, provide courses for members on map reading and becoming walk leaders. We have produced books of walks in our local region.'

*Longdendale and Glossopdale Footpath Preservation Society
Overview

'Established in 1975 with the aim of preserving our local footpaths by walking them, we are forty years old and have a membership of around 150 people ... Glossop Walkers are a local group of friends with a common interest in enjoying the beautiful countryside that surrounds us.'

*Malvern Hills District Footpath Society
Overview

'Welcome to the home of dedicated Malvern Hills District walkers, who enjoy everything to do with walking over, around, and across the Malvern Hills and surrounding countryside and bordering Counties ... '

*Manx Footpaths Conservation Group
Overview

Have published four books of walks in conjunction with Lily Publications: 'Each book contains various walks with corresponding maps and map references, directions and photographs pertaining to each individual walk. The books are designed specifically to fit inside a map case, which can be worn whilst walking. The route of each walk is superimposed onto these maps, therefore making it easier to follow the written text'.

*Medway Towns Footpath Group
Overview

'We are a walking group based in the Medway Towns. Our current membership is around 150 although it is unusual to have more than 40 members on a walk. We walk mainly on Sunday mornings with some longer Saturday walks and in summer occasional evening walks. We walk all year.'

*Meopham and District Footpaths Group
Overview

'A very active organisation. There is a regular walks programme both within the parish of Meopham and further afield. Walks are held on Sundays and mid week throughout the year, with evening walks during the summer months ... The Group has now been in existence for 50 years and has over 250 members. It was formed out of adversity in 1962 when our Founder and President Mrs. Pat Wilson found a footpath, close to her home at Harvel, was closed by a major obstruction ...'

*Mid-Cheshire Footpath Society
Overview

'The Society was founded in 1961 to associate all those who are interested in keeping open and well-marked the public rights of way in Cheshire. Our area of operation covers the majority of the county and is bounded by Runcorn, Warrington South of the Mersey, Lymm, the M6 motorway, Crewe, Audlem, Malpas and Chester.'

*Morpeth Footpaths Society
Overview

'If you would like to join us on a walk to experience what it is all about, have a look at the Walking Programme and choose from one of the many walks you would like to accompany us on ... A maximum of 2 walks can be taken as a guest and full membership would be expected thereafter ... After the walk, you will undoubtedly have had a marvellous time, and will want to join the Society ... The Society celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014!'

*Nottinghamshire Footpaths Preservation Society
Overview

'Our main activity now ... is taking part in a programme of medium-length walks, mainly around Nottinghamshire, on every other Tuesday throughout the year. During the summer months we also do some shorter walks, also on Tuesdays'

*Oxford Fieldpaths Society
Overview

'Perhaps the best known activity of the Oxford Fieldpaths Society is the organisation of a programme of walks ... Formed in 1926, the Oxford Fieldpaths Society (OFS) is one of the UK's oldest walking groups. The society was formed to protect the footpaths, bridlepaths and commons in the neighbourhood of Oxford, ensuring that they do not fall out of use and be forgotten.'

*Peak & Northern Footpaths Society
Overview

'Has been active for well over 100 years, promoting the interests of public footpath users in the North Midlands and North West of England. We monitor, protect, and improve the footpath network for the benefit of all.'

*Ringwood & Fordingbridge Footpath Society
Overview

'Newcomers to the area, prospective new members and visitors are very welcome to join us for walks in these delightfully varied parts of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. Our walks normally take place in an area of wonderfully contrasting scenery , from the New Forest to the rolling chalk downlands and coastline of Dorset and the rural landscapes of southern Wiltshire.'

*Ruddington Footpaths Preservation Group
Overview

'This informal Group is supported by Ruddington Parish Council. Its general remit is to regularly walk footpaths in and around the Parish – and slightly further afield.'

*St Albans and District Footpaths Society
Overview

'We are a friendly group of people who enjoy exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding us, led by our own members over their favourite walks ...'

*St Dogmaels Footpath Association
Overview

'St Dogmaels (Welsh: Llandudoch) is a village in North Pembrokeshire, Wales, on the estuary of the River Teifi. It was the winner of the Wales Calor Village of the year in 2006. The village contains the remains of a 12th century abbey and one of 2 working watermills in Wales.'

*Swale Footpaths Group
Overview

'Walking group based in North East Kent with a membership of around 200, many of whom live in and around the town of Sittingbourne.'

*Valeways
Overview

Walking in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales: 'Valeways is a volunteer based project for the maintenance, protection, preservation and promotion of public rights of way in the Vale of Glamorgan.'

*Wadhurst Footpaths Society
Overview

'The Society leads monthly walks around the parish, and nearby, to enable people to become familiar with the local paths and to give an opportunity for a sociable occasion for those who enjoy a walk.'

*West Cornwall Footpaths Preservation Society
Overview

The Society 'came into being over 60 years ago. At present there are some 350 members spread around western Cornwall and further afield. The objects of the WCFPS are to preserve public footpaths and bridleways, which is done mainly by ensuring they are walked regularly. The original membership lived and walked in West Penwith but now the membership walks throughout western Cornwall and occasionally elsewhere'.

*West Lancashire Footpath Group
Overview

'Founded over 30 years ago with the objectives to enjoy rambles, defend the public footpaths in West Lancashire and to extend the local footpath network. To help ensure all footpaths in West Lancashire are walked regularly, walks are arranged twice monthly, in the winter, and more frequently in the summer ... '

*Wirral Footpaths and Open Spaces Preservation Society
Overview

'The Society was formed in 1888 and works to preserve our footpath and open space heritage by ...'

*Wolsingham Wayfarers
Overview

'Founded in 1993 under the Parish Path Partnership to look after and promote the 140 miles of designated footpaths in the Wolsingham Parish.'

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