New conservation group to fight for Norfolk’s footpaths

A new conservation group has been set up to fight for improvements to a busy footpath and to link it to other footpaths in Norfolk.

The main aim of the Friends of Angles Way group is to preserve the footpath, which runs from Great Yarmouth to Knettishall and roughly follows the path of the River Waveney.

However, the group, which so far has 12 members and is looking for more, is also hoping to link the footpath with other prominent tourist paths around the county, including Boudicca's Way between Diss and Norwich, and Peddars Way between Knettishall and Holme-next-the-sea, which links up with coastal footpaths.

Norfolk county councillor Jenny Chamberlin, who represents Diss and Roydon division, has helped to set up the group to try to put the paths on the map by joining them up with other paths and tourist attractions in Norfolk.

She said: 'At the moment, each footpath is stuck on its own. The aim is to try to link up with the tourist offer.'

She added, for example, if a tourist was walking along the footpath from Bungay they would not know there was a separate footpath taking them to Scole and Eye, so a sign could be erected directing them there.

Similarly, other new signs could point out places of interest, such as historic churches or houses and conveniences, including restaurants and toilets.

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Mrs Chamberlin said the group's members were acting as the 'eyes and ears' of the council, including keeping watch for any maintenance problems that needed fixing along the footpath. She added: 'Hopefully, more people will join the group. The more the merrier.'

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