Issued by Duncan Smart, Holmer & Shelwick Footpath Officer, 4th November 2020
5.8 miles walked on 7th and 20th October, checking and light trimming Holmer & Shelwick paths HO4, HO6, HO8A, HO9, HO10 and HO13 plus 1.7 miles checking path HO1 on 30th October
The following walk was carried out to inspect the current state of footpath HO1 as requested by Mr Manny Smith, Locality Steward, Balfour Beatty
Map showing the original route of Holmer & Shelwick footpath HO1 (in green) with an alternative temporary path (in red) through Holmer Point from the traffic lights and up Avocet Road.
From the Roman Road (A4103) at SO 502 421 to the footbridge across Ayles Brook at SO 502 422. As can be seen from the photographs parts of the path have become quite overgrown while closed off.
From the current build boundary fence at SO 501 424 to work being carried out on the path from SO 502 423 down to the Ayles Brook bridge.
HO1 Hereford Point Current build boundary fence at SO 501 424
From Pipe & Lyde footpath PL9 Stile at SO 498 429 to the Holmer footpath HO1 stile at SO 500 425.
Two temporary stiles at SO 499 424 on alternative HO1 route through Hereford Point down Avocet Road to the Roman Road.
- the original HO1 path from the Roman Road is currently in a poor state of maintenance to the Ayles Brook bridge but that can be easily rectified if the bridge is opened. The bridge is currently blocked on both sides. The path down to the bridge through Hereford Point is close to completion but at the northern end stops at the grey fence that is the current boundary of the development. Extension of HO1 through to the stile at SO 500 425 would require access through the grey fence and agreement that a safe route could be allowed across the currently undeveloped land.
- The temporary path shown in red is walkable but varies slightly from the track issued by Balfour Beatty when HO1 was originally closed.
Footpath HO4 – from Coldwells Road up to the boundary with Pipe & Lyde Parish
Footpath HO6 – from Attwood Lane to Munstone Road through the Furlongs. Nothing specific to report apart from the missing dog poo bin.
Footpath HO8A – from Attwood Lane through to the Furlongs (which needs some strimming) and up to the Secret Garden pub.
Footpath HO9 – from Munstone Road to Patch Hill lane only. Carried out some manual cutting back of nettles and brambles
Footpath HO10 – from Ivydene through to Shelwick Lane
Footpath HO13 – from Shelwick Lane through to Munstone Road