The group is always looking for new volunteers to lead walks. Assistance and support by experienced walk leaders is always available for any member willing to consider leading a walk.
Any member interested in volunteering should contact Diana Fitzpatrick, the Walks Coordinator, for further details.
This is the first year the Vegetation Clearance Group has been in existence and has already been in action clearing paths.
The group led by joint coordinators Arthur Russ and Dennis Doran aims to spend a morning or afternoon once or twice a month clearing overgrown footpaths with tools such as secateurs, loppers etc. supplied by KCC. Work requiring chain saws or other specialist equipment which will continue to be done by KCC contactors.
Volunteers are not expected to participate on each occasion but it is hoped we can get enough volunteers to form a working party for each event. Any member interested in joining the group should contact Arthur Russ or Dennis Doran, the Vegetation Clearance Coordinators.
This will also be the first full year we have Parish Footpath Wardens in place. The role of the warden is to walk all the footpaths in their allocated area at least once a year and identify and report any problems. The area that each warden covered consists of the administrative area covered by a parish council as identified on an ordinance survey map. (The role has no connection with any activity undertaken by local parish councils).
We have volunteer wardens in place covering most of the 27 parishes we are responsible for but still have vacancies in the following parishes:-
Halstead, Knockholt, Sundridge with Ide Hill, West Kingsdown, Westerham
Members interested in becoming a Ramblers Parish Footpath Warden should contact the Parish Footpath Warden Coordinator Terry Coen for further information.
Examples of problems identified and reported to KCC:-
A tree across the footpath.
Wednesday 19 December 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Wednesday 2 January 2019Starting at 09:45A moderate 11 mile / 17.7 km walk
Sunday 6 January 2019Starting at 10:00A leisurely 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Wednesday 9 January 2019Starting at 10:45A leisurely 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Sunday 13 January 2019Starting at 09:30A moderate 10 mile / 16.1 km walk
Sunday 13 January 2019Starting at 10:00A leisurely 4.5 mile / 7.2 km walk