asked Her Majesty's Government:
What steps they have taken to ensure that the Discovering Lost Ways project delivers a joined-up network of routes which encourage walking and cycling and routes that have been identified in any local rights-of-way improvement plans; and whether this has been achieved in a cost-effective manner compared to the making of public path orders. [HL1871]
The Discovering Lost Ways project is about establishing what ways already exist, not creating new ones. However, in recognition of this, Natural England will be looking actively at the role that rights-of-way improvement plans and local access forums could play in the process of translating “lost ways” research into useful and enjoyable walking, cycling and riding routes on the ground.
As part of this appraisal, Natural England will also look at the value for money of different approaches, including comparison with existing ways of improving the rights of way network.