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Path patrols

The group has launched a survey of rights of way in its area.

Volunteers will check the condition of paths and report problems to North Yorkshire CC or North York Moors National Park.

Our chairman, Phil Trafford, said: "Completing this survey would be a great contribution to safeguarding and improving the right of way network for future generations to enjoy."

Volunteers for a parish should email Phil .

The most common practice elsewhere is to walk each path every 18 months, so that in addition to spotting major problems, its condition can be monitored over time. 

Completed surveys will be archived on this page, for the information of our members and the general public.

The format of this page is being amended to improve its presentation of the reports.

Number completed to date (since 25.1.14): 25

Download forms: Problem sheet    Summary    Read Me Scarborough district paths

Key: 1= No problems  2= Passable  3=Difficult 4= Impassable


Filey Town






Staintondale* NYMNP (R Clutson)


Gristhorpe & Lebberston

Newby & Scalby



Harwood Dale Group*


West Ayton* - NYCC  (G&J Malcolm) NYMNP (G&J Malcolm)

East Ayton* NYCC (J&P Trafford, C Bibby) NYMNP  (J&P Trafford)





Hutton Buscel*


* indicates that part of the parish is in the NYMNP

As a group, we are offering practical help to both NYCC and NYMNPA, with work parties to carry out maintenance tasks, and when appropriate, limited financial contributions towards specific projects.

The move comes at a time when a Ramblers survey has discovered that North Yorkshire has more than 9,000 paths with problems awaiting resolution - the second-worst backlog in the country.

When the council receives a report, it assesses the urgency of dealing with it.  Recent experience has shown that blocked paths and dangerous stiles can be given a "low" priority. (As landowners are responsible for stiles and gates, this could expose them to claims for damages from injured walkers or riders.)

An up-to-date map of rights of way can be viewed online at .  Clicking on the individual right of way will reveal its reference number. (This is indicative, and not the definitive map, which in case of doubt should be checked at council offices.)

Chris Beney of the Open Spaces Society says: "Please remember, when doing a rights of way survey, to include non-definitive public rights of way."

The Ramblers' survey report says the country's network of paths is one of our biggest assets, and the envy of walkers around the world.

"These paths, our rights of way, are used by thousands of people every day, from the useful little cut-through that saves you time on your walk to work, to the mighty South West Coast Path which attracts millions of tourists from Britain and all over the world."

It says physical inactivity is one of the nation’s biggest killers.

"The easiest way to get active is to get walking – if everyone walked more, it could prevent 37,000 deaths every year.

"Walkers depend on our rights of way network to help stay healthy."

The Ramblers say the simple act of walking paths helps to keep them open, as regularly walked paths are less likely to become overgrown and fall into bad condition.

The Ramblers organises 45,000 walks for people to enjoy every year, helping to keep the brambles at bay and encourage more people to take up walking.

*East Yorkshire and Derwent Area policy statement