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Concerns over state of county’s footpaths

12:43 14 August 2014

More of Norfolk’s public footpaths are becoming blocked and ramblers say the situation is getting worse.

The EDP reported last week how Norfolk’s long-distance trails the Weavers’ Way and Paston Way–are to get a half-million pound boost.

Work has started this month on improving signage along the two pathways in north Norfolk in a triangular area which stretches from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and up to Cromer, to make them easier to navigate for walkers and cyclists.

The project, funded by the EU’s COOL Tourism project, will also work with tourism businesses in a corridor five miles each side of the trails, helping them to improve their marketing and use of social media.

But concerns have been raised that money is being targeted in only one place when other public rights of way across the county which many say are being left to become overgrown and unusable.

Ian Witham, Open Spaces Society Local Correspondent for Norfolk, said there was a “huge disparity” between the quality of those Norfolk public paths which form part of the Norfolk Trails Network, and those which do not.

A response from Norfolk County Council is expected later today.

Have you come across a badly maintained path? What is your reaction to the story? Leave a comment or email tracey.gray@archant.co.uk

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