The Ringwood and Fordingbridge Footpath Society was formed in 1974 to protect the interests of users of public paths by ensuring (a) their reasonable maintenance and freedom from obstruction and (b) their adequate signposting and waymarking. It aims to urge local authorities to discharge their responsibilities with regard to public paths and seeks to foster and maintain friendly cooperation between path users, landowners, local authorities and the community generally.
The Society's area is made up of thirteen parishes and covers about 160 square kilometres of greatly varied countryside ranging from quiet water meadows to high wind-blown common, from the edge of the New Forest to the borders of Cranborne Chase. A variety of flora and fauna including deer may be seen and within the new forest, grazing ponies, cattle, donkeys, sheep and pigs may be met.
Although we are essentially a footpath protection organisation, we believe that the best way of maintaining the network in good order is to make good and regular use of it. Newcomers to the area, prospective new members and visitors are very welcome to join us for walks in these delightfully varied parts of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.
During the months of April and October, our walks take place on the rights of way in our 13 parishes. For the other 10 months of the year, our walks are also held in an area of wonderfully contrasting scenery, from the New Forest to the rolling chalk downlands and onwards to the coastline of Dorset and the rural landscapes of Southern Wiltshire.
Welcome to the website of the Ringwood and Fordingbridge Footpath Society. Newcomers to the area, prospective new members and visitors are very welcome to join us for walks in these delightfully varied parts of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. Our walks normally take place in an area of wonderfully contrasting scenery, from the New Forest to the rolling chalk downlands and coastline of Dorset and the rural landscapes of southern Wiltshire.
"Waymark" is the quarterly newsletter of the RFFS. It is published in March, June, September and December. Download a copy here. Click here to contact the editor for more information about submitting articles and photos.
The March edition features the winter's reports and events, the programme of spring walks and Rowan Brockhurst's account of his post retirement challenge. Inspired by Nicholas Crane's "Two Degrees West" he started from the southernmost point on the Isle of Wight and walked (almost) due north to the Scottish border.
Regular copies of this newsletter are sent to Members. Would you like to join us? Just CLICK HERE to download the Application for Membership, print it out, fill it in and send it off to our Membership Secretary - the address is on the form - with your cheque for £4 for a single member or £6 for family membership
Photo on walk from Abbotswell to Dur Hill © D Knapp 2012