The Path Checkers initiative was launched in early 2020. Its aim is to encourage a wide range of people to report possible footpath issues to the society as easily as possible.
The recommend method of reporting is via the mobile phone app, OS Locate. The app is free and runs on both Android and iPhones. Full details of the app can be viewed by clicking HERE.
The apps default display is shown below.
At the top of the screen is a compass which shows the direction the user is facing. Next is the users current 6 figure Grid Reference and below this is the 'Share my location' option. Path Checkers are encouraged to use this option to generate the 'issue reporting' email as this automatically includes in the email both the grid reference and a weblink to the Ordnance Survey's website which can be used to show the location on an outline map. An example would be 'I am here SK 123 852 sent by OS Locate app. https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/53.36424,-1.81537,12
The Path Checker should enter a brief description of the issue after the preformatted information and attach one or more photographs of the issue. The email should be sent to email@example.com.
Issues can also be reported via the issue reporting form.
All Path Checker reports will be logged and acknowledged within 7 days. A reported issue will be assessed and any necessary steps to resolve them will be initiated. The Path Checker will be kept up to date with what is being done to resolve the issue.
Issues which should be reported include Obstructions, Stiles, Bridges, Animals, Surface Condition, and Signs.
Obstructions of the way constitute the most serious faults, such as:
A stile or bridge which is is difficult and/or dangerous to use should be reported. Walkers vary immensely in agility and head for heights, so a stile which an athletic rock climber will enjoy scrambling over in fifteen seconds may be so defective that most other walkers will take several frightening minutes to get over it. Please apply the test ‘Can this right of way be used safely and easily by everyone who is likely to walk it?' Every stile should have a stepboard and a secure handhold – without these it is merely a fence.
Where the path surface is boggy, covered by water, mud, dung, overgrown vegetation, or ruts, and these faults cannot easily be bypassed, so that walking over the way is much more arduous than users should reasonably expect in such a location having regard to prevailing weather, then these should be reported.
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