Help us uncover lost footpaths

Environment Rangers, Lucy Smith and Rebecca Hoyle (foreground) at the newly uncovered footpath in Bradley Mills.

We need your help to let us know about any footpaths that may be blocked or overgrown. By letting us know you will help us to improve your rights of way and access to amenities.

The call is going out across Kirklees after an overgrown footpath that lay hidden for about 15 years was uncovered by two of our Environmental Rangers.

Lucy Smith was on one of her litter picking rounds around Kilner Bank, Bradley Mills, when something caught her eye.

“I was on my normal rounds one day and spotted what looked like the entrance to something hidden among the brambles, shrubs and undergrowth.

I asked some of the locals about it, and they told me that there was a path underneath it all, but it had not seen the light of day for years.

As Rangers, we can self-refer a job that we notice on our rounds, rather than waiting for a member of public to bring it to our attention or it come up on schedule. I reported it and got approval for my fellow Ranger Rebecca to help me to clear it. I’m personally delighted with the outcome. We had no idea just what lay under it all and to have it back in use is just great. It’s like bringing a bit of Huddersfield’s history back to life as it’s clearly a very old footpath”, said Lucy.

Where is the footpath? 

The footpath runs between Bradley Mills Road and Kilner Bank. It took Lucy and Rebecca two full days to cut back the brambles, shrubs and undergrowth. Lucy and Rebecca then removed about half a ton of mud to grub out the concrete steps on the 250-foot-long path.

Who maintains the Public Rights of Way?

Our team of Environment Rangers have over 1,000 miles of recorded Public Rights of Way (PRoW) to maintain. The areas include footpaths, bridleways, and byways.

Colin Parr, Strategic Director for Environment and Climate Change at Kirklees Council was full of praise for the initiative and hard work the two had shown in uncovering the footpath.

“Lucy has already had people that live near the path tell her just how much difference it is making to them, as it is now far easier for them to access amenities at the bottom of Bradley Mills Road. The open footpath also provides easier access into the green spaces along Kilner Bank. This is helping people appreciate our environment and keep fit. Our Rangers take a personal interest in the work they do, and to see this lost bit of the town uncovered and in use is testimony to Lucy, Rebecca and the other Rangers who work so hard to keep Kirklees clean and green,” said Collin Parr.

Do you want to look up footpaths, bridleways, and byways in your area? 

We recently made it possible for residents to look up footpaths, bridleways, and byways on an interactive map.  The map allows residents to put in a postcode or address and find any paths in the area.

Colin Parr, Strategic Director for Environment and Climate Change said:

“We have nearly 1,900 PRoWs in the District, which our small team monitor. When residents tell us about the PRoWs being blocked or overgrown it is a great help.

“With our interactive map residents can go online and check if a route is recorded as a PROW. The map is also useful when it comes to planning applications or if you are looking at buying property in the area. It is a great free resource, and we encourage everyone to make use of it.”

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