One of the things that came out clearly out of the community consultations we held last year in the parishes of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme area was that people would like more information about possible walks in their area.
Access to circular routes: the problem identified
People are especially after circular routes which they can follow, starting from their own village. Although a lack of joined-up rights of way in many parts of the OWLP area has been identified, we have also noticed that part of the problem seems to be the lack of access to the information about existing opportunities to access the countryside. Where this information is available, people also do not always know about its existence: often, existing walking and cycling routes are only available in paper versions or are available online but people are not necessarily aware of their existence.
So, we are going to do something about this: over the next months, we aim to publish a series of blog posts advertising existing opportunities for exploring the countryside, be it for walking, cycling, horse-riding, canoeing or boating.
Mepal circular walk: the Ouse Washes, Wildlife and the Gault Hole
A very good example is the route published for a tour through and around the village of Mepal. Even though this leaflet has been available for over a year and hard copies have been distributed in Mepal, not many people know of this very good route. For instance, when I showed several Sutton residents the leaflet nobody had seen it before, even though the route passes very close to the Sutton-Mepal parish boundary.
The leaflet with the Mepal walk can be downloaded here
This leaflet, by the way, together with several other routes published for Cambridgeshire, was funded through a grant distributed through the previous LEADER programme (see previous blog post).
Do you know of any good walks in the area?
I have started this series of blog posts to showcase the existing walks and cycle rides in the area – by all means pass on any information to me about other sources of walks or rides, whether published online or not. We are keen to let more people know about the options and get you out and about in this very special landscape!
- What residents have told us
- Barriers to Access?
- Audience Engagement and Access Improvements
- Creating Cycle Networks
- The Fens Waterways Link
- Our Audience Profile