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Better access to Salisbury Plain
MORE people will be able to explore the beauty of Salisbury Plain following a project to improve signs and access to 280 miles of public rights of way.
The Ministry of Defence, working in partnership with Wiltshire Council, Tread Lightly, and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, are making the routes for walkers and vehicles clearer so the plain can be used responsibly by all.
Tread Lightly has provided 40 volunteers to help with the project and more than 350 signposts have already been installed.
Dale Wyatt, from the group, said: “This project is key to keeping recreational vehicular users on the legal public rights of way. Salisbury Plain is a great resource, we’ve been signing not only byways open to all traffic, which can be used by all types of user, but also bridleways and footpaths as well, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”
At the same time, the MoD has been working with the council to improve the public rights of way network.
New routes have been created and some routes have been diverted, with many having a hard surface for vehicles and cyclists and an adjacent green surface for walkers and horse riders.
The work has so far been focused on the Larkhill Ranges, which covers the middle part of the Salisbury Plain Training Area.