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Don't Lose Your Way

The Charitable Trust has supported Britain’s leading walking charity, the Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. They have achieved so much over very many years of campaigning for walkers’ access rights and we’re proud to have stood alongside them in this work and given many millions of pounds to assist with their valuable achievements.

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Don't lose your way

We have provided £400,000 of support to the Ramblers 'Don't Lose Your Way' campaign - which has found 49,138 miles of rights of way missing from the definitive map in England and Wales.

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During 2021, thousands of volunteers came together to search the whole of England and Wales looking for potential lost rights of way. A staggering amount of unrecorded paths and rights of way are now blocked, overgrown and unusable, and are a vital part of our heritage, yet if they are not claimed for inclusion on the definitive map which legally records rights of way by January 2026, we risk losing them forever.

How are the paths found?

Thousands of volunteers joined forces and checked the current Ordnance Survey map against two historical maps from circa 1900, looking for missing paths. This mapping project has for the first time given us all a true picture of the extent of these lost rights of way, to be able to make applications to the relevant local authority to add them back into the map, to restore them for future generations.

This identification of lost rights of way digital tool was only made possible because of the generous support of the Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust. We helped pay for an online mapping tool, which split England and Wales into 154,000 1km squares, each of which was searched by two separate users.

The identification of these potential lost rights of way is the first stage of this process – click here to see how you can help support the next few stages.

Now we are all exploring and using our local network of paths more than ever, we recognise the importance of being able to easily access green space and to connect with nature, it’s vital that we create better walking routes to enable everyone to explore our local areas on foot.

Once these paths have been legally recorded as rights of way, they are protected, and future generations will be able to enjoy them forever. If all missing paths are successfully claimed, there is potential to increase the path network in England and Wales by up to a third. However time is running out to find the remaining paths, with only five years left to collect the evidence! There is a lot of work to do to make the most of this opportunity before 2026.

What's next?

Having a comprehensive map of lost rights of way across the country is a significant milestone. However there’s still a lot more to do! The Ramblers will be working with their volunteers to prioritise the paths they have found, so that they can focus on those that bring real value to the rights of way network. This will include resolving dead-ends, creating better circular routes and enabling access on foot from where people live to green spaces. The Ramblers will be developing tools, training and resources which will enable volunteers to claim these important lost rights of way (again, only possible because of the support of the Trust).

Once legally recorded as rights of way, and added to the definitive map, they are protected under the law for people to use indefinitely.

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If your project or initiative aims to support outdoor-related activities for people from all communities, you may qualify for a grant. Simply click the link below and submit the online application form.

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