On Wednesday 12 November, Camel Ramblers were joined by their local MP and Minister for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Dan Rogerson for a five mile walk on the inland footpaths near Wadebridge.
The weather remained kind although wet underfoot as the group of twenty set off from the Quarryman pub, expertly led by Libby, a keen rambler with a wealth of knowledge about the paths in the area. As he walked Dan heard about some of the successes the group had in getting footpaths clear for all the public to enjoy as well as experiencing first had some of the places where passing was still very difficult and were waiting repair. With wonderful views of Bodmin moor and down to the Camel estuary Dan heard the group talk about the importance of walking for peoples health and wellbeing and how our extensive path network enable people walk for pleasure and purpose.
Dan was interested to hear more about the contribution ramblers in Cornwall make to footpaths with their county wide path maintenance team coordinated by the area chair Graham Ronan. By helping the council clear paths, install kissing gates, steps and bridges they have saved the local tax payer thousands of pounds. The Ramblers also thanked Dan for his support of the One Coast for All campaign, and his role in ensuring the whole of England will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of a coast path.
Dan said ‘it was great to meet up with my local Ramblers and join them for a walk in our outstanding countryside. As their local MP and in my Ministerial role I am keen to do all I can to help people to get out and get walking, both for their health and wellbeing and because walking is so important for our local economy.’