Find. Map. Save: join the search to save thousands of miles of lost historic paths.
Our paths are one of our most precious assets, hidden in plain sight, and often taken for granted. They are part of our history and our route to everyday adventures in nature, both on our doorstep and across Britain’s iconic landscapes.
But an estimated 10,000 miles of paths – the equivalent of the distance from London to Sydney – are not recorded on the definitive map of rights of way, and if they’re not found and added by the cut-off date of 2026 when the final map must be completed, they could be lost forever.
To meet the deadline is a huge undertaking and we need thousands of people to help.
That’s why the Ramblers is launching ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’, a campaign to build a growing movement across the country to uncover and save generations of lost paths and hidden ways before it’s too late. Join the search to map all of England and Wales.
The Don’t Lose Your Way online mapping site splits the country into 154,000 1km squares and makes it easy to compare current and historic maps side by side. Simply select a square, do a quick ‘spot the difference’, mark on any missing paths and click submit. It takes just a minute to check a square.
Join the search here in your lunchbreak or on your commute, see how many squares you can map and become part of the movement of people helping to put lost paths back on the map for generations to come.
You can get mapping here, before these paths are lost forever: http://dontloseyourway.ramblers.org.uk