Ramblers recruits ‘Mystery Walkers’
The Ramblers are recruiting ‘Mystery Walkers’ from across the country to help test the state of footpaths in England and Wales.
Similar to a mystery shopper. The “Mystery Walker” scheme is looking for people to carry out a 3-5 mile walk from an assigned grid square and carry out a “light touch” survey of the paths that they walk.
Reports by ‘mystery walkers’ have the potential to benefit the walking environment in various ways. The act of merely walking the paths by itself helps to keep them open; and reports about the state of the network provide evidence that the public are using it, or trying to. They also help to focus the highway authority’s attention on localities in which paths have become neglected; and ‘good’ reports can be a morale-booster to hard-pressed council rights-of-way staff, very many of whom are dedicated and committed enthusiasts constrained by depleting resources and, sometimes, councillors who have not yet seen the economy-promoting, health-enhancing and environment-improving qualities that a well-funded and carefully-managed footpath network brings with it.
The data that is then fed back to us can help to create a map of where the best and the worst places to walk are. It will also give us an opportunity to help prove that there is a link between how good a path is and how much you enjoy your walk.
The survey is very easy to carry out and is a great way to spend an afternoon!
For more information or to register for the Mystery Walker