Cirencester Ramblers


The Cirencester Group looks after 360 miles of footpaths in the forty five parishes in the south east of Gloucestershire. This includes part of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As well as numerous local paths, our area includes the start of a National Trail, the Thames Path and a number of promoted routes including the Macmillan Way, Monarch's Way and the Cotswold Canal Walk.

 Public Footpath Sign at Box

Cirencester Group has an active Footpath Committee. This meets every three months and our work includes:

  • Keeping up to date on all rights of way issues in our Area.
  • Reporting footpath problems to Gloucestershire County Council and monitoring any action taken
  • Assessing and responding to proposals to change the path network.
  • Collecting evidence for the addition of paths to the definitive map and defending the status of existing recorded paths

The Footpath Committee also oversees

  • PATH MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEERS. This group works with the GCC Public Rights of Way Team and local landowners to clear overgrown footpaths to ensure the network kept open. Please see separate pages on the work of the PMVs.
  • FOOTPATH VOLUNTEERS. These are individual members who are surveying all the rights of way our area. This is being done by systematically by listing all the paths in a specific parish and then surveying each path yard by yard. Problems are then passed to the Path Maintenance Volunteers or to the Public Rights of Way Team.

If you have any queries regarding the work of the Committee or would like to become involved in aspect of footpath work please contact Richard Holmes Footpath Secretary - see the Contacts page for details

This Footpaths Section also includes Information Pages on various aspects of the care of footpaths.  Hover the mouse over the Footpaths Title at the top, to see the full list.

Seven of the Path Maintenance Volunteers attended a training day at the Westwood Centre in Northleach in May 2015. The trainers were John Lane, Glos County Council Pathway Officer, Mike Barton, Amey PROW (Public Rights of Way) Network Manager, Glos and Ian Soule, a member of the Amey PROW team.