Would you keep an eye on the paths in your parish or a neighbouring one?
A way to do that involves something that you love doing: walking. You could do it alone or with one or more friends.
When you come across a path problem e.g. overgrowth, difficult stile, locked gate, collapsing footbridge, path not made good after ploughing, you report it.
Reporting is easy, you can choose how you do it.
Jim Parke, our parish path warden (PPW) network coordinator, has written helpful guidance notes and is always there to give additional help if required.
Parishes without path wardens
There are PPWs in 80% of our parishes. We would love this to be 100%.
You can see from the list below which parishes don’t have a PPW. You do not have to live in a parish to be the PPW for it. Indeed, you do not have to be a member of Ramblers.
How to be a PPW
It would be good if you would walk all the paths in your chosen parish at least once a year. Doing it in both summer and winter would be even better. If you can’t walk all of the paths, do what you can. Do it alone or with one or more friends.
We’ll give you a large scale (1:10,000) map of your chosen parish, kindly provided by Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) Countryside Access Team (CAT), with whom we have an excellent working relationship. The map contains details of all the Public Rights of Way, including their reference numbers.
In addition to this map we suggest that you carry some means of noting the problems you find. This could be our report form (link to this is below) plus a camera or smart phone to take close-up shots.
If you have a GPS this will immediately give you the grid reference for the issue. If you are not familiar with grid references, don’t worry; describe the position as best you can.
If you report a problem via OCC’s website (using their CAMS Web map) then the map shows the position of stiles, gates and footbridges with easily recognisable icons.
You can send your photos by email to OCC’s Field Officer for your area. Indeed, you can use email to report the whole problem if you do not wish to use OCC’s website.
It is also helpful to have secateurs to carry out light trimming of any vegetation that is in your way.
If a problem is urgent, like a fallen tree, or a dangerous stile or footbridge, you should report it immediately by email or phone to CAT. Contact details are here .
Less-serious problems can be reported by using OCC’s on-line CAMS Web service or by email. Either way start with the link immediately above.
* Guidelines (April 2016).
* Supplementary Information (April 2016)
* Report Form (Word version ) (February 2015).
Parishes with PPW vacancies
|Banbury & North Oxfordshire|
|Bicester & Kidlington|
|Shipton-on-Cherwell & Thrupp|
|Didcot & Wallingford|
|Thame & Wheatley|
|Beckley & Stowood|
|Cuddesford & Denton|
|Stanton St. John|
|Vale of White Horse|
|Fyfield & Tubney|
|Saint Helen Without|
|Aston Cote & Shifford|
|Grafton & Radcot|
|Hardwick with Yelford|
|Kiddington with Asterleigh|