Ramblers are launching a search for signposts in Torfaen and Monmouthshire and are looking for volunteers to help find them.
One of the biggest barriers for people who want to get outdoors is knowing exactly where walking routes are and where the paths will lead. Signposts make it easier for people to overcome their concerns about getting lost, to get out, explore and connect with nature.
But not all signposts are where they should be and Ramblers Cymru are looking for keen walkers and outdoor enthusiasts to help check the condition of footpath signs in their local area.
Paula Renzel, Campaigns and Policy Officer at Ramblers Cymru said: “We believe that it should not only be your right to explore the countryside surrounding you, it should also be your right to know how to access it.
“Our Mark My Paths project will train and equip volunteers with the skills needed to check signage in Torfaen and Monmouthshire.”
Although signage on paths is a responsibility of the local authority, overstretched budgets and their diverse responsibilities mean that marking paths clearly often falls to the bottom of the list. Other issues like the safety of a path typically take precedent, which means that signage of paths has often never been completed. More than half the path network is still to be marked.
Ramblers Cymru want to be part of the solution and to raise awareness about signage, its benefits and what volunteers can do together with the local authorities to solve some of the problems on the county’s paths.
The project will run over the Spring and Summer. If you want to get involved, please get in touch with Paula.