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Guildford Ramblers’ Volunteers Help Maintain Footpaths for All to Enjoy

Published on: 25 Dec, 2023
Updated on: 30 Dec, 2023

Guildford Ramblers volunteer footpath maintenance team has completed an impressive list of projects in the past year in the Surrey countryside.

These include installing 18 finger posts and way markers, repairing three bridges, improving three flights of steps, installing two kissing gates and two sets of handrails, as well as regularly clearing vegetation and cutting back brush.  

The team from Guildford Ramblers usually goes out every month to a particular path or problem, which has previously been agreed with Surrey County Council, who provide the tools for any major work.

Guildford Ramblers’ volunteers ready for action.

In 2023 the team were out 11 times; with only November being called off because of bad weather.

The monthly working party makes a major contribution to maintaining and improving the footpaths in our part of Surrey

Lynne Davies, who chairs Guildford Ramblers, said: “The public usually think of the Ramblers as people who go walking for their own enjoyment, but a major issue for us is to help keep public rights of way in our area open for all to enjoy.

“The county council no longer has the funds to look after all our footpaths as they would wish to, so volunteer groups like the Ramblers are making a major contribution to the upkeep of footpaths for the benefit of all walkers in our county.”

Installing a new finger post by Guildford Ramblers’ volunteers.

Guildford Ramblers says that all are welcome on its walks.

There is an eight- to 10-mile walk every weekend (usually Saturday) and a five- to six-mile walk on a Wednesday morning.

There is a shorter ‘taster’ walk on the first Monday morning of the month.

For further information go to and click on the walks programme tab.

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Responses to Guildford Ramblers’ Volunteers Help Maintain Footpaths for All to Enjoy

  1. Roland Dunster Reply

    December 25, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you very much Guildford Ramblers, really appreciated. Merry Christmas and happy and healthy rambling in 2024.

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