The way the Welsh outdoors is enjoyed by walkers, horse riders, cyclists and others could be about to change. We need to unite, and speak up for all walkers.
Welsh Government is consulting on various ways in which everyone uses and manages natural resources in Wales. Whether you live in Wales, or enjoy visiting our beautiful and varied landscapes, we need your help.
Potential changes include the entire public rights of way network being opened up en masse for cyclists and horse riders – a move which we feel would be deeply inappropriate. The full proposal from Welsh Government is available here.
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to enjoy the outdoors, not just those walking. But any changes to paths should be guided by local knowledge and path suitability, on a case by case situation.
There is good news. The proposal includes some long awaited changes for the better that we have been campaigning for along with our volunteers, members and partner organisations. We welcome Welsh Government extending access to coast and cliffs; a Welsh statutory code for responsible access; an all-Wales digitised definitive map; removing some restrictions on the use of open access land; and the removal of the 2026 cut-off date for historical paths to be recorded. We welcome these proposals whole heartedly.
Welsh Government is consulting on all proposals until 30th September 2017. We want as many people as possible to join us in encouraging the many good changes, but challenging the one-size-fits-all approach to allowing other users on footpaths.
We need your voice to help our campaign. Whether you live in Wales or enjoy visiting Wales regularly, help us influence our future as a truly world-class walking country.