Rossendale Free Press

ROSSENDALE RAMBLERS AND ROSSENDALE ROTARY CLUB

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IF you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise – but will it be a nice one?

You may find a broken and dangerous stile or an overgrown path, but you may also find a small green sign saying the path you are on has been improved by Rossendale Ramblers.

During the pandemic, many more people have discovered walking is good for physical and mental health, but this has put an extra burden on the area’s footpath network.

This year a small group of local volunteers began repairing stiles using their own money.

These volunteers have now become ‘Rossendale Ramblers Pathway Fixers,’ with their work being funded from Rossendale Ramblers’ slim resources.

So far, nine stiles have been fixed, and two overgrown footpaths cleared.

The Ramblers saw the need for extra money to do more such work, so they contacted the Rotary Club of Rossendale.

Rotary have also been helping renovate the Millennium Green at Lumb, so there seemed a natural synergy between the two community groups.

Rotary very generously donated £500 to Rossendale Ramblers’ footpath fixing fund, which will greatly increase the number of paths that can be improved in the coming 12 months. In return, the Ramblers committed to helping Rotary with some of their outdoor activities.

You can still donate money, resources, or physical assistance. Please email Ramblers’ treasurer at rogerpegum@gmail. com. You can also report a footpath problem via rossendale-ramblers.co.uk.

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