There was nothing quite like tackling a path overgrown with brambles and bushes and in two hours of cheerful activity, on a beautiful day, making it possible for the path to be used again. It's satisfying, fun and good exercise! Get involved if you can!

The footpath maintenance team has recently cleared paths in Blackrod, Harwood, and Westhoughton. Whilst clearing dense vegetation on the Westhoughton path we uncovered a bridge over a small stream and steps leading to a track both completely obscured before our work. Remedial work on signage was also done but new waymarked posts will be needed. 2018's first project saw the team in Turton area where we successfully alleviated flooding problems on this path.


During the winter months our work on overgrown paths is limited. However, work on improving signage and repairing stiles is invaluable. We intend to acquire tools for these tasks, if the Council is happy for us to do it and we are able to source the materials we need. If all goes well, we shall be looking for volunteers to help with this later in the year.

Volunteers are all members of the Ramblers Association, and are insured by the RA. We meet once a month for 2 hours on Tuesday mornings and aim to make a difference to our wonderful footpath network.

2018 Maintenance Dates - All Tuesday dates - April 10th, May 8th, June 12th, July 10th, August 7th, September 11th, October 9th and November 13th.

You must be a member of the RA in order to participate.