Volunteers hard at work
Our heavy and light gangs work closely with a dedicated Council Footpath team to do what they can to protect and maintain where we walk, in extremely difficult financial circumstances. Not just in words, but hard work, each month getting out there to clear, repair and maintain and improve. See the lastest photos of the Heavy Gang taken in February at Farley and March between Ansty and Swallowcliffe. (A very wet and windy day.) Big thanks to everyone.
Footpath Committee Minutes July
The latest minutes can be read here.
Carry on Light Gang
Please click here to see the light gang's latest challenge.
Vital path clearing work carried out in August near Durnford on path 13 expertly led by Patricia.
If you come across a path that needs some attention contact Patricia and she may be able to schelule some clearance.
What we do
The footpath secretaries have one main function that is to represent Ramblers interests on all matters regarding Rights of Way. This is achieved in several ways:
- By maintaining a good relationship with the Rights of Way Warden for South Wiltshire
- Two groups of volunteers who do practical work, known as heavy gang and light gang
- Through the footpath committee
- Parish Reps
- Attending public inquiries to represent Ramblers interests
Carrying out Footpath surveys in conjunction with Wiltshire Council. The results of these feed into the council's maintenance programme.
The Heavy Gang works at least one day each month helping Wiltshire Council repair and upgrade paths in the network. The work as the name suggests involves use of heavy hand tools such as spades and sledge hammers and movement of materials. Some examples of the work carried out can be seen on this site by clicking on the Footpath Work Photos links.