Survey finds borough's public footpath network in good condition

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Emma Billingham

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‘Make the most of the borough’s extensive footpaths’ is the message following a positive survey by the East Berkshire Ramblers.

More than 85 per cent of the paths within the Royal Borough were surveyed by the charity as part of its Big Pathwatch. It found 80 per cent of the paths were judged to be well kept, and none of them reported as badly kept.

David Bailey, chairman of the East Berkshire Ramblers, said: “We were delighted with the results. We are very proud of the extensive network of public rights of way in the borough. It is an important part of our local heritage and a valuable recreational resource. We will continue to work closely with the council’s Rights of Way team to ensure the network is preserved and well maintained.

“This survey shows that footpaths matter to local people, and it is important that people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to use them.”

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