HARD work by volunteers is helping walkers in the Huddersfield area.
Voluntary workers have spent months placing markers on public rights of way in the Denby Dale area.
The volunteers, trained and supported by Kirklees Council's Public Rights of Way Unit, have been placing waymarker discs to help guide walkers on routes that may be unclear.
The council must signpost rights of way where they leave a road. The Rights of Way Unit has an ongoing programme to do this. However, this is the first time that such a large area has been targeted for waymarking.
The volunteers have walked nearly 140 miles on more than 130 footpaths and bridleways to attach the waymarkers to stiles, gates and posts in the wider Denby Dale area. This includes Emley, Shepley, Clayton West, Birdsedge and Denby Dale itself.
The 3.5in discs indicate the route to be followed and its status. Blue arrows mark bridleways which can be used by horse-riders, cyclists and pedestrians. Yellow arrows indicate pedestrian-only footpaths.
Before extending the scheme to other areas the Rights of Way Unit want feedback from path-users to find out if the waymarking has made it easier to use the footpaths and bridleways.
To comment on the scheme, please contact Sam Hollingworth at the Kirklees Public Rights of Way Unit, on 01484 225573.