14 July 1995

Footpaths better

MORE footpaths and bridleways in England are open to the public, according to a Countryside Commission survey.

The survey was undertaken by volunteers and the full findings will be published shortly.

The last survey, in 1988, revealed that walkers had a one-in-three chance of completing a two-mile walk without meeting an obstacle. The commission said the improvement since 1988 left it confident it could get all public rights of way fully open, legally defined and waymarked by the turn of the century.