Do you have an idea to improve access to the countryside or to create new links between settlements in your area?

Castle Combe Village Link - Before

Castle Combe Village Link - Before

The Paths Improvement Grants Scheme aims to help local people make innovative improvements to countryside access in their area. In 2012 around £60,000 will be available for community led projects. We can also help with bids to external organisations, so additional funding may also be available.

Examples of schemes that have been funded in previous years are:

  • Surfacing on a footpath which links the two parts of Castle Combe village, so residents can use the route more easily all year round
  • A permissive path along an attractive section of the river Avon at Great Somerford
  • A permissive path in Tisbury which improves safety for users. Where the official footpath comes out there is a steep bank leading down onto a narrow stretch of road. The permissive path comes out almost on the level where the road is wider
  • Schemes to replace stiles with kissing gates on routes around and between villages, and surface improvements to certain important routes
Castle Combe Village Link - After

Castle Combe Village Link - After

If you have an idea for a scheme please contact Wiltshire Council’s Rights of Way and Countryside Team:
01225 713349

Further details of the scheme are on the Countryside Access Forum website:

The closing date for applications to be fully complete and submitted is Friday 13th July 2012.

Wiltshire & Swindon Countryside Access Forumin partnership withWiltshire Council