FOOTPATHS OLD AND RENEWED

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We are grateful to Harry Wilson, of the Bowsden Bugle for publishing this – which we reproduce here as relevant to all walkers in the area.

Colin Wakeling writes :

Since the onset of the Pandemic, more people have been using, and hopefully enjoying, the rights of way in this area. The paths are generally well-defined where they cross arable land although at present new ploughing and cropping may obscure them for a while. However where they run through wooded areas they are very much more difficult to follow because of undergrowth and there are some missing footbridges where they cross streams.

Kyloe Parish (which includes Berrington) has had some useful contact with the Area Countryside Team to enlist their help in ensuring these walks are accessible as possible to local residents. Whilst the ATC has limited resources, they will give what help they can.

A number of these paths link Bowsden with Berrington (the Lough, the Law as well as Berrington itself). They may not be classed as iconic rights of way but they can form useful and relatively level recreational routes offering glimpses of a range of flora and fauna changing with the seasons, provided access does not become an obstacle course. As the undergrowth dies back, Colin is hoping to walk the paths and list issues which need attention. He would welcome Bugle readers help, particularly in identifying places where obstacles have made access difficult. Colin can be contacted on 01289 387 366 or colin@itswakeling.com

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