Bolton Ramblers has a small team of members that monitor Public Rights of Way in the Bolton and surrounding area. The team review planning applications to ensure that there is no infringement on PROW and comment or object where necessary. Reported footpath problems are inspected and we have a team of volunteers that will carry out maintenance, as and when required. We would like to add to our list of footpath inspectors and maintenance team. Should you be interested in joining the team please contact us by email at

Bolton Ramblers have a good relationship with Bolton Council and we liaise with the council on all PROW matters. We work with them on small maintenance jobs and some major projects. Over the last few years, we have secured external funding for two projects at Walker Fold and Wilson Fold to improve and repair damaged footpaths, costing between £5,000 and £10,000 each. Funds are still available for footpath improvements and we are open to investigating the viability of new projects.

The photos below show the improvements we can make when working on our local footpaths.


The group is organised by - Sue Gough and Jonathan Lilliott. Footpath Maintenance Work is carried out, usually once a month, on a Tuesday morning and lasts between 1 to 2 hours. We also, carry out ad-hoc work where there is an urgent problem on a path. Details of the dates for our regular maintenance work will be displayed on the website and in the monthly newsletter.

Sue and Jonathan would warmly welcome your help by joining our list of volunteers or by identifying footpaths that require attention. Anyone interested in being part of this team should contact Sue or Jonathan at

Footpath Maintenance Dates : members will be notified by email