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Ramblers' PROW surveys - statement of objectives
Footpath surveys are an important strategy for protecting PROWs and enabling walkers to enjoy the countryside. Surveys alert responsible authorities to path conditions and problems, instigating implementation of appropriate remedial action. There is also a relevance to the 2026 cut off point for claimed public routes to be included on definitive maps.
To create a programme of footpath surveys using volunteer members.
Volunteers to agree Parishes for survey and a time frame
Group Footpaths Officer will prepare survey forms, compile results, submit returns, report to Group/Area committee and liaise with ERYC/NYCC Rights of Way Officers.
Ramblers volunteers to liaise with Rights of Way Management Officer responsible for their Parishes, when necessary
WIDTHS: - Minimum widths of PROWs are –
As designated in the Definitive Statement or Statutory Instrument. Otherwise the following apply
Across a field = 1 metre
Along a field edge = 1.5 metres
Across a field = 2 metres
Along a field edge or any carriageway = 3 metres
The survey form shows LINKS – they may assist in walking a route and identify points along the route that connect with: -
Grid Point Conversion - Click Grid Conversion to see how to convert OS grid points
To enable annual analysis of PROW's condition, a numerical value should be given to problems within a link. As a guide the below may be helpful.
1 No problems
2 Passable/Minor problems: maintenance required eg -
3 Difficult/More serious problems: path difficult to use eg –
4 Impassable/Path unusable on Definitive line eg –