Footpaths


MARCH 2017

Footpath and wood report for 2016/17 to Clayhidon Annual Parish Meeting

Clayhidon has 37 footpaths, 4 bridleways and a Restricted Byway. These are walked and their condition recorded at least three times a year. I would like to thank the walkers who send me reports of paths they have walked and any problems which they have found. This enables me to plan my walking to ensure that the remaining paths are checked. More reports would be very helpful so please email clayhidonparishcouncil@gmail.com short report when you have been out and about enjoying our lovely countryside.
The annual survey report was sent to the County Footpath Officer in February. We have no large projects planned for the coming year. Last year we completed the boardwalk through Wiltown Turbary on footpath 14. This boardwalk couldn’t be built in the normal way owing to the depth of the bog. Instead it was floated on sections of tree trunk sourced from the Turbary and has transformed this path.

The County have continued to work on our paths, replacing gateposts and providing new  gates.  
The Definitive map review has continued. The decision this year has been to make Nick  Reed’s Lane a Restricted Byway. There is one outstanding decision for the Review - the  proposal to downgrade bridleway 38 to a footpath.  
Work has continued in our woods. I would like to thank Chris Houghton and Pete Clarke for all their efforts. During the winter they have undertaken further clearing work in Hidon Wood and Wiltown Green. Both woods are recovering well and it is good to see the 
woodland plants returning. Our third wood, Grays Quarry continues to be enjoyed by the Scouts on a regular basis. -Sue Hay, Parish Councillor.

>Back to annual parish meeting. 

AUGUST 2014
Four bridleways being considered
for Clayhidon
Four new bridleways could be created in Clayhidon under proposals being considered by Devon County Council. 
Two proposals are for routes along Routy Lane, near Newcot Cross, and Nick Read’s Lane.
The other two would involve upgrading footpaths to bridleways – number 31, part of Ridgewood Lane, together with number 40 Hemyock Lemons Hill, plus another route southwards from near Kingsmead Caravan Site via Ringdown Cottage and Garlandhayes. 
A fifth proposal is to downgrade bridleway number 38 at Gotleigh Moor to a footpath.
The council is also considering the creation of a new footpath as a continuation to join Bakers Farm footpath in Somerset. 
These suggestions are open for public consultation until 10 September. 
>Find out more about the precise locations of the paths by clicking on this link.

JUNE 2013:
Your chance to change footpaths map
If you would like to see any public rights of way in Clayhidon changed you have until early September to submit supporting evidence  – either through the parish Council or through the Devon County Council website.
Public Rights of Way Officer Emily Spurway explained to the parish council that the definitive map of rights of way is being reviewed. Changes can be made through the review process by, for example, adding an unrecorded route or upgrading or downgrading an existing right of way.
In addition, permission to divert a right of way can be applied for but in this instance the process is usually funded by the landowner.
These changes can only be made where there is good evidence and after following a rigorous consultation process.

MAY 2013:  CLAYHIDON FOOTPATHS REPORT 
Paths re-open following major renovations

Footpath 11 is now open following replacement of the bridge and stabilisation of the river bank.
The work on Footpath 15 is now complete. Boardwalk has been laid across the wet area below Bellet’s Farm. 
The Definitive Map Review - Possible changes/amendments that are being considered are:
  • Fp28. The section from Shackles Cross south is described in the definitive statement but is not on the map. 
  • Fp31. At Ridgewood Farm. The northern section is described in the statement but is missing from the map. 
  • Bakers Farm in Somerset west to the county road in Clayhidon. The Devon portion is not on the map or statement. 
  • There is an application to downgrade the public bridleway to a public footpath from Bloomers Farm via Gotleigh Moor and valentines Farm to Middleton Barton. 
  • The possible extension of Footpath 7 across the Turbary to Hidon Wood. 
  • The Status of Nick Reed’s lane. This is not recorded.
SUE HAY

Rights of way map review

The Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way for Clayhidon is due to be reviewed this year. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 required Devon County Council to do this. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Big improvements made to Clayhidon footpaths
Major improvements have been made to Clayhidon footpaths by Devon County Council. Gates and stiles have been replaced and new signs put up. 
“It is now much easier to follow our paths and there is further work planned,” says parish councillor Sue Hay. 
The next project, which was identified by last year’s survey, is to improve the footpath from Bellets to Lillycombe. It is extremely wet on the north side of the river and the plan is to place boardwalks here to raise the path above the water level.
It is now time for another annual footpath survey. If anyone is able to help by walking a few paths or can give feedback on paths that they have recently walked please contact Sue Hay on 07909 970833. 

Volunteers needed to help survey parish footpaths 
It is time for the annual footpath survey. If anyone is able to help by walking a few paths or can give feedback on paths that they have recently walked please contact Sue Hay on 07909 970833
This survey really helps our County Footpath Warden keep track of work that is needed to maintain our paths in good condition. Over last winter the County did a large amount of work in Clayhidon. They have replaced gates and stiles and improved signage. It is now much easier to follow our paths and there is further work planned. 
The next project, which was identified by last year’s survey, is to improve the footpath from Bellets to Lillycombe. For those who are not familiar with this path, it is extremely wet on the north side of the river and the plan is to place boardwalks here to raise the path above the water level.
If you would like to print a map before you walk go to http://gis.devon.gov.uk/basedata/viewer.asp?DCCService=footpath. Here you can zoom in on the paths that you want to explore and print a map of your planned route.

ONLINE MAP
For an accurate, up-to-date map of 
local footpaths and bridleways 
and zoom in on Clayhidon

Walking, Riding and Cycling routes in the Blackdown Hills

PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY IN DEVON



JANUARY 2014
12-mile route for walkers

These little way markers suddenly appeared all over Clayhidon. They mark a new 12-mile walking route from Hemyock to Staple Hill, the highest point of the Blackdowns. >Read more.
Clayhidon walking route features in The Times
MARCH 2013: The footpaths and lanes of Clayhidon featured in The Times on 9 March when the newspaper devoted nearly a page to “A Good Walk: Clayhidon and Culm Valley, Devon.”
Christopher Somerville and his companion dressed “like lifeboatmen” when they braved rainy winter weather to explore “this beautiful green corner of the mist-shrouded East Devon countryside”. 
Their four-mile walk began and ended at the Half Moon Inn – an “excellent village pub” concluded the writer as he peeled off his muddy clothes and steaming boots.


A 4.5 mile walk around Ashculme and Clayhidon 
To download route from Blackdown Hills AONB click here


Footpaths (and a few walkers) in need of improvement

JULY 2011: CLAYHIDON FOOTPATHS REPORT 
Clayhidon has 36 footpaths and three bridleways. A group of volunteers has recently completed a survey of all these routes as part of ‘The Parish Paths Partnership’ scheme. Of these paths 13 were found to be in good condition and easy to follow. 
A few paths just require new waymarkers but there are others which need more work and we are in the process of looking at this. One of the stiles between Heazle and the Church is showing its age; a replacement is on its way.
The County Rights of Way team have recently done a lot of work on the Bridleway from Jennings Farm to Simonsburrow, giving it a new surface and making it safe. They will also be carrying out some strimming of overgrown areas in the next few weeks and the County Footpath Officer is also planning to walk all our paths this summer.
Specific problems which have been reported recently are paths which are crossed by electric fence with no insulated handles or warning signs and on one occasion a group of cows were spooked and driven out of their field by walkers. 
The success of our extensive footpath network depends on having good cooperation between landowners and walkers.  
If footpaths are well marked and easy to follow then walkers have no need to stray from them but in return walkers should be considerate, shutting gates behind them and not disturbing stock.
If anyone identifies a problem with or has a query about any of the Rights of Way in the Parish please contact me on 07909 970833 or sue.hay@ashfields.plus.com
SUE HAY 
 


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