Footpath Report November 2019

PL9 Point at which path is obstructed by fence SO 499 427
PL9 Point at which path is obstructed by fence SO 499 427

1) Friday 5th November 5.6 miles walking parish paths HO4, HO8, HO1 (Temporary path) and the link to Pipe & Lyde path PL9 to check a circuit for a parishioner planning to use these paths. Due to extremely muddy conditions on the link to PL9 the advice was not to attempt the planned walk until the ground had dried out more.

The signs for the temporary path HO1 have all either faded or disappeared.

The Parish Clerk checked with Balfour Beatty to find out when it expected the paths to be reinstated and was advised that the PL9 path closure notice had been extended until the end of March 2020.

This is a bit of a mystery because Welsh Water have filled in all the holes and trenches that were created for pipe renewal (see picture)

HO4 stile cleared at SO 509 433 and cross step firmed up
HO4 stile cleared at SO 509 433 and cross step firmed up
HO8 Attwood Lane to Roman Road - with stream running down it
HO8 Attwood Lane to Roman Road – with stream running down it

The stile at the top of path HO4 (which goes north from Highfield House) was cleared and the cross step firmed up.
Path HO8 (from Roman Road to Attwood Lane) had a stream running down most of its length again – so only suitable for walkers with waterproof boots! Overhanging vegetation was cut back but the leaning fence near Roman Road still poses a danger to the public due to the risk of collapse.

2) Sunday 24th November walked just 0.5 miles doing clearance work on path HO10 near Ivydene and at the Shelwick Lane end. Much of the vegetation on the path alongside the ditch down to Shelwick Lane had been cleared by someone – thank you for that.

HO10 trimmed near Ivydene 24.11.19
HO10 trimmed near Ivydene 24.11.19
HO10 light trimming of growth down to Shelwick Lane 24.11.19
HO10 light trimming of growth down to Shelwick Lane 24.11.19
HO10 Metal Gate Stile near Shelwick Lane cleared of vegetation 24.11.19 (sorry – can’t do anything about the mud!)
HO10 Metal Gate Stile near Shelwick Lane cleared of vegetation 24.11.19 (sorry – can’t do anything about the mud!)
HO10 at SO 51865 43133 stile bottom parallel step broken off
HO10 at SO 51865 43133 stile bottom parallel step broken off
HO10 stile at SO 52007 43328 in need of repair or replacement or diverting through gateway
HO10 stile at SO 52007 43328 in need of repair or replacement or diverting through gateway

Duncan Smart (DGS),
Holmer & Shelwick Parish Footpath Officer
08/12/2019

1 thought on “Footpath Report November 2019”

  1. Thanks for everything you do such a fabulous job! H08 is a concern to me. The stream is ? A natural spring? Are there plans to channel the water at all? What could we do to restore the path? Regarding the collapsing fence has anyone contacted the owner? Kind regards.

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