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Vale Path Volunteers


The Vale Path Volunteers are the footpath maintenance team of the Vale Of White Horse Ramblers  Group. 

We carry out maintenance of footpaths in the Vale of White Horse Group’s Area. This stretches from Kennington, Abingdon, Kingston Bagpuize and Faringdon in the north and west to Wantage, the Hendreds, Grove and the villages as far south as the Ridgeway.

Three of us are LANTRA-trained to use our two Stihl brushcutters while the rest use manual secaturs, loppers, rakes, etc, or just bag up the cuttings. 

Since its formation in 2012 until the end of 2016 the VPV team has undertaken 39 path clearance sessions, and it is estimated that it has cleared nearly 8 kilometres of path and spent a total of 540 person hours in doing so.

If any member is interested in joining such a team could they contact Jim Parke, who has agreed to act as co-ordinator. Contact him by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 01865 730664 if you have any queries.


VPV - Summer 2014

During the summer months 2014 the Vale Path Volunteer team worked on clearing a footpath in Faringdon (FP 210/17).

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Read more: VPV - Summer 2014

VPV Work 2016

During the year 2016 the Vale Path Volunteers path maintenance team of the Vale of White Horse Rambler Group undertook 13 path clearance projects throughout the Vale. It has cleared just over 2 kilometres of hedgerow or woodland, and spent 140 person work hours doing it.

Read more: VPV Work 2016

VPV - Autumn 2015

This Autumn the Vale Path Volunteers have undertaken two path clearance projects using their newly acquired Stihl Brushcutter/Strimmer. This powerful machine easily chops and chews its way through any dense growth of nettles, brambles/briars and young blackthorn. At Baulking the nettles were at chin height but the brushcutter made short work of them.

Read more: VPV - Autumn 2015

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Sir J. A. Muir Gray, CBE, FRCPSGlas,
FCLIP is the President of Oxfordshire
Ramblers. Find out more under the
‘walking’ tab, then ‘health walks’.

Walking Partnership

Our group has joined The Walking Partnership. This partnership, supported by Ramblers Walking Holidays, provides financial contributions to local walking groups. When you book a holiday quote the name of our group, and we will receive £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding can really help us! You look at their website on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or call on 01707 33113 for more details or to order a brochure.

Cotswold Outdoor

As a Ramblers Member, there's now a 15% discount available at Cotswold Outdoor. They have stores in Bicester and Reading.

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And a 20% for your first purchase with the voucher which comes in the membership pack.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018