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, 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