An estimated 10,000 miles of paths across England and Wales could soon be lost forever, unless we come together to save them. That’s why we’re excited to be supporting the Ramblers’ new campaign ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ to help map them before it’s too late. Whether you are passionate about hiking or you’re just a casual wanderer, you can get involved.
Our paths are one of our most precious assets and are often taken for granted. They allow everyone to enjoy the countryside, both on our doorstep and across Britain’s iconic landscapes. Our path network tells the stories of our history and our heritage and connects us to the landscape. But many paths are not recorded on the definitive map of rights of way, and if they’re not found and added by the cut-off date of 2026 when the final map must be completed, they could be lost forever.
To meet the deadline, thousands of people need to help. That’s why we’re joining the search for all lost paths across England and Wales. The Ramblers has launched an exciting new tool that splits the country into 150,000 1km squares and makes it easy to compare current and historic maps side by side. You can start using it now. Join the search: ramblers.org.uk/dontloseyourway