Ramblers call for walkers’ champion

Kinder 80 celebrations, Stuart Maconie and Mike Harding
Kinder 80 celebrations, Stuart Maconie and Mike Harding

Radio DJ and author Stuart Maconie is calling for a national champion to safeguard trails such as the Pennine Way – which he believes are under threat from new Governemnt proposals.

Financially hard-pressed local councils and volunatry groups are to be asked to take over the trails’ management from English Heritage, a Government quango.

“It will leave the Trails without an organisation to champion them nationally, posing an enormous risk to their quality,” said Mr Maconie, a leading members of The Ramblers, who are launching an appeal in order to step up their campaign against these plans. The charity is calling on government to ensure that this national asset, which attracts 12 million visitors a year from around the world, pouring millions of pounds into the economy, has a national body to properly champion, support and protect them.

“These are precious assets hard won and we should cherish them.”

To find out more about the Ramblers Campaign for National Trails see: www.ramblers.org.uk/nationaltrails