Chiltern Society helps The Ridegway

  |  Published: Apr 8th 2015
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Chiltern Society volunteers among those improving The Ridgeway National Trail

Volunteers from the Chiltern Society will play a key role in maintaining  and improving The Ridgeway National Trail, the 87 mile footpath which runs from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Bucks and which from this month is managed by a new organisation.


The Society is one of a number of groups in The Ridgeway Trail Partnership which has taken over from Natural England, the Government agency, in managing, developing the promoting Britain’s oldest path. Natural England will continue to provide some of the finance to maintain the trail.


Society chairman David Harris said: “The Ridgeway is one of the most popular and well used trails in the country and more than half of it travels through the glorious Chilterns countryside from Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon.


“We will be working with organisations like the Ramblers to improve the facilities for walkers, cyclists, joggers and horse riders. We want to introduce its glories to more young people and improve accessibility for disabled people and those who are less mobile.


‘In addition our volunteers will be involved in improving some of the approach paths to the Ridgeway”.


The Society, with 7,000 members, already has more than 500 active volunteers helping maintain and improve public paths and bridleways throughout the Chilterns, including its own 134 mile circular walking route, the Chiltern Way.


“Maintaining the Chilterns paths is a wonderful way of making new friends, enjoying the great outdoors and keeping fit,” said Mr Harris. “If anyone would like to learn more or consider joining our volunteers you would be very welcome. Simply check out our website, or call 01494 771250.”

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