We believe is should not only be your right to access the countryside surrounding you, it should also be your right to know where to access it!
Our Big Pathwatch research in 2017 showed over 650 reports of missing or broken signs at the entrance of paths and around 150 reports of somebody not finding their way due to lack of signage. In one county alone, there are over 1000 fingerposts/signage issues outstanding.
Signing paths is a responsibility of the council. The problem is that with tight budgets and overstretched responsibilities, signage often falls to the bottom of the list, as other issues like the security of a path understandably take precedent. What this means on the ground is that signage of paths has never been completed, with more than half the network still awaiting to be marked.
Ramblers Cymru want to be part of the solution by running a campaign on the matter. We want to raise awareness about signage, its benefits and what we can do together to solve some of the problems on the network.
To pilot the project, we will be working with two neighbouring local authorities in South Wales - Torfaen and Monmouthshire.
We will start by collecting information on what state signposts are in in both those counties. That data will then be used to make the case for better support for signposting and access more generally.
We want to see authorities and the general public showing greater recognition for the incredible asset that is our path network, rather than taking it for granted.