A SPECIAL guide has been published to help people find lost rights of way.

Tips include when out walking looking for clues which may reveal traces of historic paths in the landscape .

These could include:

A worn stile which may indicate an old entranceway and footpath,

Rows of two hedges which could show where a bridleway or carriageway may have once run.

Evidence of an old stone surface in a field which may indicate a historical road.  There are many routes being used today that still have not been recorded.

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Campaigners say that only by recording these routes ­— many which are regularly used ­— can they be safeguarded for the future.

And they add that simply by looking at the current rights of way network ­— on an Ordnance Survey map or on your local definitive map ­— it is

possible to see things that don’t quite make sense, for instance a right of way that suddenly stops .

More information can be found at https://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/dont-lose-your-way-2026.aspx and also at www.boltonramblers.org.uk/