Adopt a Path

Members of Sandbach Footpath Group are encouraged to adopt a local path by walking it to ensure that it is in good order, identified by waymarks and not blocked by encroaching vegetation. Members may, with authorisation from Cheshire East Council, provide waymarks and trim back vegetation to keep the path open.

There is obviously a need for guidance for this sort of activity and the documents listed below provide it. If you intend to join this scheme, please read them carefully and follow the guidance contained in them!
Guidance Documents (click the title to see the document):
CEC 1 Volunteer waymark and veg cut registration letter
CEC 2 Cutting Back Vegetation on Public Rights of Way
CEC 3 Cutting Back Vegetation – Risk Assessment
CEC 4 Waymarking of Public Rights of Way
CEC 5 Waymarking – Risk Assessment

SFG 1 Health and Safety Guidelines

When they have read and understood the above guidance, volunteers need to be registered by Cheshire East Council.  The process for allowing Adopt-a-Path volunteers to obtain a letter of authority is described below:

  • Download the above form “Volunteer waymark and veg cut registration letter” (click the link above).
  • complete the form.
  • send it to the address at Cheshire East Council shown on the form
  • Cheshire East Council will send you a letter of authority to show in case you are questioned by a landowner or other interested person.
  • carry the letter with you whenever you do any work on a Cheshire East Right of Way.