Cropped Path Success in Ramsbury
These two photos, taken from the same spot, show part of footpath Ramsbury 5 on 28 May and again on 9 June, after we had reported the crop obstruction to the landowner. Well done to Ramsbury Estates for their prompt response to our report.
Notice from Wiltshire County Council Public Rights of Way Department
If you intend to go walking on footpaths LTRE5 or 6, to the south of junction 16 of the M4, please be advised that the occupier of the cottage to the south-west of the junction of these two paths (grid reference SU 101825) is likely to give you a hostile reception, and has been added to Wiltshire Council's list of "potentially violent persons" in response to the need for the police to be present whilst the Rights of Way Wardens and Enforcement Officers carried out the work to make the paths available for use
You are therefore advised to exercise caution if you wish to use these footpaths. If you are threatened, be prepared to retrace your steps and report the incident to the police.
A map of the area can be found by clicking here
June Newsletter & Programme now published.
All the latest newletter has now been published.
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Walk about Britain - 26th May to 3rd June
Calling all Ramblers to Lydiard Park on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 10.30am for the Ramblers Walkabout Festival to which everyone is welcome,members, non-members and newcomers.
We are offering 3 walks for you to choose from starting from the main car park by the cafe. The walks on offer are a short 3 mile walk round the park taking about an hour, or a 4.2 mile walk from the Park to Shaw Village on to Shaw Ridge and back through Greendown Copse, taking about 2 hours.
If you feel more energetic then we have a 5.9 mile walk taking in Peatmoor Lagoon and Shaw Forest Park ,lasting about 3 hours. Something for everyone and we are donating all of the miles walked to the BBC Radio Step into Summer campaign. Bring a picnic to enjoy after the walk and we hope to see you there!
Track from Wroughton Overtown to the Nut Plantation on the Old Ridgeway
The first part of this track (600 metres or so) has byway status. The rest of it is not a public right of way, but is currently open to the public on a permissive basis under a Countryside Stewardship agreement which expires in July this year. We believe that the landowner is willing to continue allowing walkers to use the track but, in case this changes, we want to try and establish the status of the track as a public right of way. We think it is important to do this because it is the only route between Wroughton and Barbury Castle which does not involve a substantial amount of road walking.
Although it is a very old track we have failed to find any historical evidence that it was ever designated as a public right of way. Apart from the section which is now recorded as a byway, it was not formally closed while the airfield was in use, contrary to what some people believe (there may have been notices telling the public not to use it). The only way in which we can now establish public right of way status is if we can find enough evidence of use by the public during the period from 1984 to 2007. The significance of these dates is that they span the period between the expiry of a Ministry of Defence declaration that it was not a public right of way and the commencement of permissive access under the Countryside Stewardship agreement.
Future of Lydiard Park
The Ramblers regrets Swindon Borough Council’s decision not to proceed with the transfer of responsibility for Lydiard House and Park to the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust. Although the Council has committed to continue to look after the Park, the continuing year-on-year reductions to the Council’s overall budget, coupled with their poor track record of protecting other heritage assets (Mechanics Institute, Health Hydro) gives us great concern. The Friends of Lydiard Park (with the support of the Trust) had set out 11 “red lines” which must not be crossed, including the continuation of free public access to the Park, ongoing maintenance and repair of the House and Park and opposition to any developments within or close to the Park which would damage its essential setting. The Ramblers supports these red lines and will continue to closely monitor the Council’s actions regarding the Park.
Dogs on walks
It is our policy not to allow dogs, except assistance dogs, on any of our led walks. There are two reasons for this, which we hope dog owners will understand.
Many of our walks cross grazing land where there is or may be livestock. Although deaths and injuries to walkers caused by cattle are rare, most of the recorded incidents involve the presence of a dog.
Most dogs are well trained and cause no problems when walking with a group, but unfortunately this is not true of all dogs. Dogs which run around amongst the group, jump up at people or react noisily when meeting other dogs can cause annoyance to other walkers and detract from their enjoyment of the walk.