We have until January 2026 to save our historic rights of way

Well over 140,000 miles of public paths criss-cross England and Wales. This network has evolved over centuries with many paths dating back to medieval times - or earlier! These paths link villages, hamlets, roads and towns – they describe how generations before us travelled to the pub, field or shops and reflect the changing patterns of human interaction with the landscape. To this day, millions of people across our towns, cities and countryside, use this fantastic network. However, miles and miles of our public paths are will be lost simply because they are unrecorded on the definitive map –the official record of public rights of way in an area. If they are not put on recorded on the map by 1 January 2026, they will be lost for ever.

Gillingham Walkers are Welcome Group are joining in with this important and urgent Ramblers project.  To get started we are looking for volunteers to explore old maps, look for clues in the field or to study the current network in and around Gillingham for missing links.

If you are interested, contact Sheila Messer, messersheila@hotmail.com to find out more.