The Annual Footpath Survey was undertaken over three days, Sunday 29th December,Sunday 5th January and Monday 13th January, covering a total of 20.6 miles. This was not a good time to check the paths as it followed heavy rainfalls and flooding. The walking made worse because on the first day I chose walking boots and gaiters rather than wellington boots! Wellington boots have been used since!
As mentioned last month the signs for the temporary path HO1 through Hereford Point have all either faded or disappeared.
We will need to maintain contact with Welsh Water/Balfour Beatty to find out what is holding up reinstatement of the path along its correct line.
This Holmer & Shelwick footpath has the widest range of views. It starts from Coldwells Road near Highfield House and runs roughly north to a top stileat SO 509 433where it links with Pipe and Lyde footpaths PL1 and PL2. Most of the path is through grassy pastures but the top field is arable and can be muddy at present.
This is atarmacked footpath that runs west to east through The Furlongs from Attwood Lane to Munstone Road. It was walked on Monday 13th January at which time the most notable and disturbing point was the disgusting sight of a litter bin overflowing with dog poo bags right by the children’s play area.
Runs south from Attwood Lane down to the Roman Road. It gets overgrown very quickly in the warmer months and is often muddy and running with water.
H08A is in two parts. First from Attwood Lane (by Holmer Court Care Home) east to The Furlongs estate and then north up to the Secret Garden pub. On the day of the survey the first and last parts of the path were extremely muddy.
Is from the C1127 road (extension of Munstone Road) by White House Farm across Patch Hill lane down to the bottom of Patch Hill lane at Shelwick Lane. Some bramble clearing was required on the stile nearest to White House Farm (at SO 516 431)