At Hexham Ramblers, we have a team dedicated to maintaining footpaths in our area. We are also responsible for maintenance of a 12-mile stretch of Isaac's Tea Trail near Allendale.
Throughout the year - including the winter months - we meet regularly to replace worn or missing footpath signs, and cut back overgrowth and weeds.
We work closely with Northumberland County Council, reporting to their rights of way officers any damaged gates, fences and bridges that we find.
Non-slip treads needed here
Much of our maintainence work centres on individual parishes in our part of Northumberland. In recent years, we have done important work in several parishes, replacing signs and checking access in areas such as Birtley, Chollerford, Haydon Bridge, Matfen, Riding Mill and Slaley. We are currently - December 2018 - working in and around Allendale.
In 2016, while working on Isaac's Tea Trail, we were joined by the local journalist, Anne Leuchars, who wrote about her day with us in her wonderful blog about the trail. If you'd like to read an independent view of our footpath maintenance work, take a look at Anne's article here.
Honouring Isaac's memory with a cup of tea at the end of a day's work
If you'd like to help us with our footpath maintenance, get in touch and we'll add your name to our mailing-list. Maintenance sessions are held on weekdays. You can come along as often, or as little, as you like. We work in small groups and aim to cover about 3 miles of paths in every session.
Ramblers is the only walking charity to make this contribution to our national network of footpaths which so many people enjoy. Help us to prevent the loss of footpaths and keep the beautiful Northumberland countryside open to all. Join us!