Surrey ramblers join forces with council to clear paths

Image caption Ramblers in Surrey have teamed up with the council in the past to clear pathways

Ramblers are to team up with Surrey County Council in a campaign to keep public paths in good condition.

A team from the Surrey Ramblers will patrol the county's 2,000 miles (3,218km) of footpaths, bridleways and byways to keep them clear.

The volunteers will clear overgrowth and fix signs.

Councillor Ian Lake, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said ramblers acted as the "eyes and ears" of the countryside.

Rambler Brian Reader said: "These are major steps forward in deploying our members to help the county council to monitor and improve Surrey's fine network of footpaths and bridleways."

The council said ramblers had already teamed up with the authority to help clear the Greensand Way, which had fallen into disrepair.

The 100-mile (161km) trail, which stretches from Haslemere, in Surrey, to Hamstreet, in Kent, was also re-routed along some sections.

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