Monitoring and Maintenance
The Ramblers are significantly different from other walking groups. The national organisation was established about 80 years ago. It's aim then, as now, was to provide walks for its members as well as to help to maintain and improve the rights of way network.
Doncaster Ramblers are very active in these areas. The Rights of Way network is the responsibility of Doncaster MBC. We have a Rights of Way committee which organises the monitoring of the network in conjunction with the Rights of Way Department in DMBC. About 25 of our members accept responsibility for a 5 kilometre square of the Ordnance Survey map covered by DMBC. These members ensure that they walk every right of way in their square at least once a year, reporting any problems such as broken stiles, missing waymarks, overgrown paths, etc to the Rights of Way Department. There are nearly 590 rights of way involved - the number changes by a small number every year as paths are created or exringuished - which can be viewed on the DMBC footpaths map in this section.
We also have about 30 members who volunteer to carry out maintenance on the rights of way network in conjunction with the Rights of Way Department. The normal routine is for a volunteer team to spend a morning doing a few jobs in a specific area. The photos below show a team installing a new kissing gate in Tickhill and then celebrating its completion:
a team at work clearing part of the Trans Pennine Way near Askern,
and a triumphant team of path-clearers near Cadeby.