Waymarking and Path Maintenance - updated February 2022

Paths don't look after themselves.  They need people to keep them accessible and easily followed.                              

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.

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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-stick treads needed here...  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, Allendale and Haltwhistle.  In early 2022, we completed a major restoration project on steps which form part of a major circular route near Haltwhistle.  See the pictures below.

 

   

Haltwhistle steps - before                  Haltwhistle steps - after

Other examples of the group's important work -

   

The important job of renewing waymarkers to make the route clearer for walkers