The Alde Valley Footpath Working Party Group operates in the same territory as the main walking group and meets about twice a month in the evening during the Summer months and about once a month on a morning during Winter. Click on the panel on the left to see our upcoming venues and what we have done recently.
Our practical work is all done with the blessing of the Suffolk County Council Rights of Way Office and is not all heavy by any means. Many of our meetings consist of surveying routes in order to note and report problems. We might routinely carry out light repairs on these outings, for example, trimming back vegetation, placing waymarker discs and litter-picking. When the ground is softer, we may tackle sleeper bridge building/repairs, step building and installing waymarker posts.
The sessions last for 2 to 21/2 hours and we refresh ourselves afterwards in a nearby pub.
The members of the working party form the Groups' Footpaths sub-committee. As such, they decide, in conjunction with the Local Footpaths Secretary, the Local Access Officer or the Local Countryside Officer what the Ramblers' will say as a statutory consultee in relation to proposals for changes to the rights of way network, to open access land and matters affecting the countryside.
We have a planning meeting twice a year to formulate our programme. The Group walks programme is also discussed.
All Group members are welcome to our meetings.
Suggestions for surveys or work to be done are always welcome