A new online mapping system to help people find their way around Somerset’s extensive rights of way network has been launched by Somerset County Council.
Explore Somerset is now available at www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway and allows users to plan their route across all 9,000 public rights of way in Somerset.
The interactive system can also be used to simply report any issues you find on a right of way – such as a broken stile or blocked path. You can log the issue on the map and also upload photos to help wardens easily locate the problem. You can also leave an email address to receive updates when the issue is resolved or closed.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Rights of Way, said: “We’re very lucky to live in Somerset and have such easy access to a fantastic rights of way network covering 3,800 miles and ranging from coastal path to moorland trail.
“This new online mapping system is much improved and works on all platforms, meaning it’s never been easier to plan your walk, ride or cycle, or report a problem when you’re out and about.”
Explore Somerset is still being improved and developed and one of the next phases is to develop a volunteer module for the many individuals and groups who give up their time to help the County Council look after the network.
If you have any queries about Explore Somerset please email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you’re interested in volunteering opportunities on the path network then please visit www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway or email email@example.com.