The Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authorities have teamed up to invite members of the public to take part in a Public Rights of Way network questionnaire, to help them review and assess the network's value and effectiveness. This joint review will enhance the current work that is being undertaken by both National Parks on their Rights of Way Improvement Plans, they say.
In particular, the questionnaire seeks to review the current network of footpaths and bridleways which walkers, wheelchair users, horse riders and cyclists use to access and enjoy the countryside. This joint review will provide the National Park Authorities with valuable information on the current management, resources and delivery of the Public Rights of Way network, if these meet the needs of the people using them (or not) and what priorities need to be addressed in the future.
The National Parks of Wales are committed to promoting access for all and they play a major role in managing a large network of Public Rights of Way.
Julie James, Chairman of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said:
'We are committed to strengthening the links of access to the countryside landscapes and fostering diversity in the network so whether you storm up Pen y Fan, walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path or just take your dog for a walk on one of our footpaths or canal paths we want you to put forward your views on the current network. The Public Rights of Way network has the potential to impact on people's enjoyment of the special landscapes, local business opportunities, and tourism so it's not just about individual users either. We are also asking organisations like the Brecon Beacons Park Society, the Ramblers Association and Graziers' Associations to give us feedback on the network. Once all the information has been gathered, we plan to scrutinise it and use it as a framework to set our priorities.'
The questionnaire can be downloaded from the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority website and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority website.