walking in north hampshire

Ramblers Charity

England & Wales No: 1093577

Scotland No: SC039799

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Helping out on the Footpath Network


Our footpaths

Without our great local network of public footpaths we would be very restricted in where we could enjoy walking.  These paths need to be maintained but with such a large network, and restricted council budgets, volunteer help is essential to ensure that the paths remain open. Hampshire County Council is responsible for our public paths, but their staff are spread very thinly, and they cannot be aware of path problems unless they are reported by walkers.


Ramblers Parish Footpath Reps

Most Ramblers Groups have members who help to keep an eye on the paths in their area. In the North Hampshire Downs Group we have a team of Footpath Reps who carry out this role. We cover paths from Newnham in the east to St Mary Bourne in the west. Currently there are 16 people who help us in this way but that is not a sufficient number to check all the paths in such an extensive area.  


If you feel that you can help out, please get in touch with us. The Rep’s role is very simple. It just involves walking your allocated paths, once or twice a year, and reporting any problems. Full guidance is available on what to look out for, together with maps and path descriptions If you are interested, please contact Stuart Shurlock by email: stushurlock@hotmail.com


Path Patrol Volunteering

To help Hampshire County Council maintain our public footpaths, we are seeking volunteers to join our Path Patrol Volunteer party. In these challenging economic times it is important that we endeavour to help our local authorities to maintain our footpath network.


To this end, we are seeking volunteers to join our Path Patrol Volunteer party. We aim to have a core of helpers who can be called on from time to time when this valuable work needs doing. You may already be a footpath rep or simply feel that you would like to contribute.


The actual work is not heavy and can be as varied as checking waymarking and replacing waymarking discs, minor clearing or even repairing stiles and gates.


If you would like to help us to maintain our footpath network please click here to email us or use the “Contact Us” form.



Progress of Work in Hand


In 2016 - 2017




Click here to view the Hampshire Rights of Way web page for information on footpaths. This page also has a link to report any problems that may be encountered when walking.


© North Hampshire Downs Group of the Ramblers - 2008