Our paths are one of our most precious assets, hidden in plain sight, and often taken for granted.
Shaped by our ancestors over centuries, they tell the stories of our landscape, our history and our heritage, they describe how generations before us travelled to the pub, field or shops, and they allow everyone to enjoy the countryside, both on our doorstep and across Britain’s iconic landscapes.
But an estimated 10,000 miles of paths across England and Wales are at risk of being lost forever, unless we come together to save them.
Thousands of people have joined the search for lost paths, and together we have mapped all of England and Wales in just six weeks, an amazing achievement. We’re now checking through all the data and soon we’ll be able to announce how many lost paths are missing from the definitive map, and our plans to save them for future generations.
Watch the video below to see how we mapped all of England and Wales!
Sign up below to be the first to find out how many paths we’ve found, and to get involved with the next steps for saving these paths before it’s too late
Got any questions about Don’t Lose Your Way? We’ve tried to answer them all here. If you still have a question, you can find our contact details on this page.
Archaeologist and TV presenter Mary-Ann Ochota met with Jack Cornish from the Ramblers to search for lost paths.
Micro-adventurer, Alastair Humphreys tells why its so important to unearth and save lost paths.
Bob Fraser is a Ramblers footpath secretary who has been searching for lost paths, and applying for them to be added to the map, for six years.
We need thousands of people to come together to uncover and save generations of lost paths and hidden ways before its too late.
We need to protect all the paths not yet on the definitive map before it's too late. We can only do this with your support. Please give a donation today.
Don't Lose Your Way is generously supported by Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Cotswold Outdoor.