We have begun a project of replacing stiles with alternative structures, as traditional stiles are more difficult for the less mobile and children to manage. With the approval of the landowner, kissing gates, wicket gates and A-frames have been installed, and the stiles have been removed.
We have also carried out land drainage programmes on some of our roiutes to ensure that they are less muddy in wet weather and during the winter months. One routes offers a wooden boardwalk.
We are continuing to improve as many rights of way as we can so that as many people as possible can enjoy them.
Over the last few years, we have begun installation of benches and seats along our routes. Riders and walkers have told us that they appreciate the opportunity to linger and enjoy the countryside. They enable less mobile people to access the paths. British Waterways have placed large stones beside some seats, so people can enjoy a picnic or a barbecue.
Existing seats have been donated by Archway Motors, Findern Parish Council, Toyota UK, Biffaward, National Lottery and East Midlands Airport. More seating will be installed as funds permit.
We have given all our defined rights of way a name based on historical evidence. This may be an old field name or a place which existed historically. These names appear on the fingerposts which denote each route. Additionally, there is a small information board which explains historical and wildlife interest on the route together with informatiuon about the route and length of the route and the terrain. We hope this improves the experience of all of our visitors.
Look out for our village map on the village Green. This clearly shows the location of our rights of way together with historical and wildlife information aboiut the village and the routes. We hope this will help everyone to enjoy the wide diversity of rights of way that we have here in Findern.