West Lancashire Footpath Group (WLFG) was founded in 1977. It had and still does have three main objectives:
- To enjoy rambles
- To defend public footpaths in West Lancashire
- To extend the local footpath network
The founders of the footpath group, the late Peter and Margaret Smith worked tirelessly, for many years with other members of WLFG, to collect statements and evidence of footpaths walked. This evidence was used to add footpaths, regularly walked, to the definitive map of public paths. In addition to this, Peter and Margaret were instrumental in claiming new paths such as the Cheshire Lines, the footpath along, part of, the disused railway line from Ormskirk to Skelmersdale and many more.
The group has grown in numbers, since it was first established and currently there are approximately 200 members, many of whom no longer join the walks, but keep up their membership to enable the work of the group to continue.
Over the years footpath inspectors from the group have campaigned long and hard to keep paths clear of obstructions, well signposted and in a suitable condition to be enjoyed by the public. They do this by informing the authorities, responsible for the upkeep of the footpaths, when there are problems.
WLFG monitors and reports on problems with rights of way. If you have concerns about local paths you can report them directly to Lancashire County Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or through WLFG email@example.com.