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Bolton Ramblers featured on BBC TV - Later this year The Ramblers Association is going to launch the Don't Lose Your Way campaign.

This is an initiative to find as many "lost paths" as possible in the next 6-7 years because any paths that are not shown on the local authority maps of Definitive Paths by 1st Janaury 2026 may be lost forever. There is no single definition of what a lost path is, but generally it is a path that has been shown on a local authority or Ordnance Survey map in the past but is no longer shown.

In the lead up to the campaign, the Ramblers wanted to get some TV publicity through our president, Stuart Maconie and the BBC agreed to have a feature on the Breakfast programme. Stuart presents a radio programme in Manchester so it made sense to try and find a lost footpath which could be filmed, in this area. Jack Cornish, who is the Don't Lose Your Way leader searched local maps and found a path crossing just south of Rumworth Lodge Reservoir from Beaumont Road to Seddon Fold, which is shown on 1907 and 1961 OS maps but is not shown on the current one. How he found it is anyone's guess!

So, on 17th March, six members of Bolton Ramblers, met up with Jack, Sophia Khan from the media and publicity team and the BBC film crew at Lostock station. We then went to the Beaumont Road end of the path and were filmed walking the route of the path after which both Stuart and Jack were interviewed about the relevance of restoring these Lost Ways.

The film was shown on both BBC Breakfast and North West Tonight on Thursday 21st March. Whilst we did not have much input, I think all of us enjoyed the experience and were happy to support the Ramblers in this important campaign. And Rumworth looked good on the TV.

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BOLTON RAMBLERS is part of The Walking Partnership.

This partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups to help with organising group walks, encouraging people to get out walking, helping to clear and improve footpaths, providing equipment to help walkers etc. Now our group can benefit directly. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays operate group walking holidays in the UK and all around the world. Holidays are graded in terms of difficulty, and there is a full range from sightseeing right up to hut-to-hut mountain treks. Take a look at their website on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or give them a call on 01707 331133 for more details or to order a brochure. Remember when you book to quote the name of our group, and we will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding could really make a difference to us! For more details, visit The Walking Partnership website at www.thewalkingpartnership.org.uk.