Cash on offer to improve pathways

GRANTS for the creation of new bridleways or footpaths – to attract visitors and improve local facilities - are on offer to communities, organisations and rural businesses.

Natural England’s £2 million ‘Paths for Communities’ scheme is now being highlighted by the Leicestershire Local Access Forum.

Farm shop-cafes or rural visitor venues could create walks as added-attractions; riding centres might gain more bridleways by getting footpaths upgraded; and villages could pursue new routes to make the local path network better connected and more attractive.

More details are in the attached News Release and Briefing Note being sent to local media editors, parish magazines, parish councils, farmers’ and landowners’ representatives, selected rural visitor businesses, user groups, and to the Leicestershire Rural Partnership and Rural Community Council. Our apologies if, as a result, people get this several times.

For any further information on the Paths for Communities scheme please contact the Natural England Local Grants Officer for the Midlands, Angela Smith on Mobile: 07900 608 329 or email:

Roy Denney


Leicestershire Local Access Forum