Ramblers fix problems along Offa’s Dyke Path following Big Pathwatch

Following the results of the Big Pathwatch, our biggest ever footpath survey, we’ve embarked on an ambitious week-long path maintenance project to fix problems along the popular national trail Offa’s Dyke.

Powys Pathwatch path maintenance

The Big Pathwatch report revealed November to be the worst month for paths, so we’re setting out to solve the problems found, starting with those along the 177-mile Offa’s Dyke Path. 

Our path maintenance teams are heading out to help clear bracken, brambles and undergrowth from the path, improve drainage to ensure the path surface remains firm underfoot and install boardwalks where the path is currently difficult to navigate.

Sedbury Pathwatch path maintenance 

Nicky Philpott, the Ramblers’ director of advocacy and engagement, said: “The results of the Big Pathwatch show that while many paths are well-kept, a significant number are in serious need of improvement, with many of these completely blocked or very difficult to use. 

“There are even some problems along our much treasured and well-kept national trails, like the Offa’s Dyke Path. 

“We’d like to thank all our volunteers involved for rolling up their sleeves and heading out to help with this ambitious path maintenance project, and improving the trail for everyone who walks it.”

Find out how you can get involved in protecting the nation’s paths.