In 2020, thousands of people joined the search for lost paths, and together we mapped all of England and Wales in just six weeks. In total we found over 49,000 miles of potentially lost paths.
Watch the video below to see how the search happened.
We completed this first stage of the process thanks to the support of thousands of volunteers who compared current maps of England and Wales with two historic maps from 120 years ago. The search was carried out through the Don’t Lose Your Way online mapping tool which split England and Wales into 154,000 1km squares, each of which was searched by two separate users. Using this criteria.
Identifying potential lost rights of way is just the start of a long process to put them back on the map. There are four more steps to saving them:
We are working hard to develop resources, tools and training to support volunteers in starting to put these vital paths on the map. Our plans for 2021/22 are as follows:
Donate today to help us save these paths before they’re lost forever.
If you would like to become a Don’t Lose Your Way volunteer, and get involved with these next steps, then email DLYW@ramblers.zendesk.com
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