Bolton Ramblers have identified a number of paths around the new Woodland Trust car park at Walker Fold that need to be repaired and improved and also replacement stiles installed. Bolton Council have provided estimates for the work and we have approached Manchester Area Ramblers for a grant to cover the cost of this work. We are pleased to announce that Manchester Area has approved our request and funding of around £5,000 has been awarded. There is another project, near Wilson's Fold, we would like Manchester Area to help fund and they will consider this subject to funds being available.

Bolton Ramblers volunteers will continue with footpath maintenance on public rights of way that are the responsibility of Bolton Council. In the past we have worked on paths around the Borough including Blackrod, Horwich and Harwood.

An example ot the work we do is shown in the photos below, working on Westhoughton 86.

Finding suitable paths to work on is a very time-consuming task because there are only a few people who report paths needing attention. Please report paths to When reporting a path, it is essential to be able to describe clearly which path needs attention. Showing it on a map is one way. Alternatively, you could find the official Council name for the path from the Bolton Council definitive map. Instructions to find and use the definitive map on the Council website can be found here

Footpath maintenance work will resume in May, we will meet on the morning of 2nd Tuesday in the month at 10am for a couple of hours work on the following dates:

May 11th, June 8th, July 13th, August 10th & September 14th.

Why not sign up and join us, even if you can only help on a couple of occasions If you are interested in joining the team and being put on the mailing list please contact the Bolton Ramblers at