Monmouthshire’s Countryside Service and Adventa – the body responsible for delivering the council’s rural development programme – have launched a new website designed to lend a helping hand to rights of way volunteers as well as walking enthusiasts. The council’s walking toolkit is a specially developed online walking and rights of way manual bringing together a wealth of information.
Nearly 50 people packed into Usk’s Centenary Hall to hear from the council’s Principal Countryside Access Officer Ruth Rourke and tourism specialist Ruth Taylor Davies how the website provides invaluable advice for footpath volunteers. In addition, serious hikers, walking groups and casual ramblers will find the contents more than useful.
An engaging, comprehensive and straightforward guide, the council’s walking toolkit includes vital information about rights of way and walking, from path assessment and clearing, to creating a new leafleted walk, potential legal issues, marketing, walking festivals and sources of funding. It also holds a calendar of local events and news page tailored for walking devotees.
County Councillor Giles Howard, cabinet member with responsibility for environment and countryside said: “We have created the online toolkit to support all rights of way and walking volunteers in the county, including those involved in the county’s four Walkers are Welcome towns – Abergavenny, Chepstow, Monmouth and Tintern. All volunteers provide an important service for the benefit of residents and visitors and the online resource is designed to help them by consolidating walk-related information and providing support and guidance. It will also be a central hub for volunteers with a similar interest and will be useful for anyone who wants to find out more about volunteering or supporting their local walking group in addition to community groups with any sort of walking interest.”
For information about adding community groups to the directory or submitting news and events contact Shaun Pritchard – firstname.lastname@example.org – or call 01633 644676. The council’s walking toolkit can be viewed online at: www.monmouthshirewalking.com