Footpath Report – 7th March 2021

Issued by Duncan Smart, Holmer & Shelwick Footpath Officer, 7th March 2021

25th February a quick check on footpath HO8 from Attwood Lane to the Roman Road – still had a stream running down it. Other paths, especially at pinch points such as stiles and gateways together with fields that had been ploughed and re-sown were extremely muddy. HO8A footpath mud between Attwood Lane and the Furlongs is not helped by horses still being taken through on this footpath.

Flooding on path HO8 near Attwood Lane 25.02.21
Path HO8A mud below the Secret Garden pub on 25.02.21
My favourite ‘photo’ tree on path HO4 25.02.21

28th February 5.3 mile circuit walked from Holmer to include Pipe & Lyde, Elton’s Marsh, Hereford Point and Ayles Brook. Only about half of that within Holmer & Shelwick parish including path HO4 from Highfield House and HO1 from north of Hereford Point – using the HO1 temporary route through The Point to the Roman Road.

View from path HO1 from stile north of Hereford Point on 28.02.21. Path not yet accessible from here through the development.
Path HO1 access to Ayles Brook bridge from Hereford Point still blocked off on 28.02.21

6th March 10.5 mile circuit from home to Shelwick via paths HO8A, HO6 and HO13. Then to Shelwick Green and paths HO16 and HO17 to the River Lugg, over the Lugg Bridge and up bridleway HO18, continuing to Sutton St Nicholas on ST15 and then using Sutton, Marden and Pipe & Lyde paths to visit Sutton Walls hillfort, returning to our parish via Lyde Cross and then down path HO4 to Highfield House.

Most of the fields had dried out well with mud and water limited to certain stiles, gates and tractor tracks.

Path HO13 near Munstone Rd on 03.03.21
HO13/HO14 junction stile mud on 28.02.21
HO13 Stile with broken gatepost, near Shelwick Lane on 06.03.21
River Lugg back to normal levels on 06.03.21
HO17 stile on 06.03.21, now drying out after the floods
HO18 Bridleway walkable again on 06.03.21 after the floods
HO18 Bridleway much wetter north of the rail crossing on 06.03.21
View down towards Shelwick on 06.03.21
HO4 Path drying out on 06.03.21

Hedge Cutter

The parish has now acquired a Stihl HSA86 battery powered hedge cutter. This, together with the strimmer will make path vegetation clearing much quicker. The cutter was very kindly delivered to me by Parish Councillor Andy Coultas.

Timing for testing it out may not good for me at present because hedge cutting restrictions apply between March and August to protect nesting birds under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981. However, so long as I do not put birds at risk I should be fine – especially as the new cutter is very quiet compared to a petrol one.

Stihl HSA86 battery powered hedge cutter


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