Paths for People

Family Walking Trails

The Paths for People project aimed to restore and enhance often unknown or forgotten paths by helping communities reclaim them.

This community led initiative in partnership with town and community councils is being delivered to help safeguard a unique part of our heritage – the network of public footpaths, bridleways and byways (more than 20,750 miles in total) which reach into every corner of Wales.

Although the statutory duty to protect these paths rests with the highway authority but Parliament has given important rights and powers to local councils concerning rights of way. We believe that no other authority can know the local paths as well as a local council can, and the voice of the local council can command the attention of the authority when action is called for.

A key part of the project was to support individuals and council officials to:

  • learn about their powers and rights
  • make the most of their public rights of way network 
  • create and support a group of volunteers carrying out path maintenance activities
  • create circular walks to promote the paths in their area
  • publish leaflets on the best walks around the area to publicise them to the community and any visitors to the area

The project was run in communities in the following areas:

This project was delivered thanks to funding from the People's Postcode Lottery.