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Norfolk – A path ploughed out and not restored

September 23, 2012

What could be a very pleasant public footpath runs from Mill Lane in the Norfolk village of Banningham, northwards towards the Felmingham Road and towards Banningham itself. ( Banningham FP Map reference TG 228 293)

Last week we tried to walk it.

The first part, a track up beside some cottages is fine.

The second part, as it approaches the Felmingham Road is a disaster area, the path has been ploughed out, planted across and not restored as required by law. The fingerpost at its northern end is broken, robbing walkers of the knowledge that this is a public right of way!

Footprints show people have at least tried to use the path. They have clearly struggled over the bumps and humps.

A quick drive around Norfolk shows a number of paths in a similar predicament.

As a good little rambler, I have reported this on the path problem page of the Ramblers website.

Will anything be done to reclaim this path? I’ll let you know.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2012 8:41 am

    I wish you good luck with NCC, lets us know how it goes

    • September 23, 2012 2:08 pm

      I’m waiting to see if the Ramblers will deal with it. Cheers JB


  2. September 24, 2012 7:35 am

    We always just walk around the rough grass left round the edges of the field if we come across a ploughed field with a right of way across it. I have to admit, I’m not really aware of the legal situation though – it’s just what we’ve always done…

  3. September 24, 2012 8:57 am

    In point of fact, walking off the designated line is technically trespassing. In Norfolk the fields are so huge you can almost do a day’s ramble round the edges of one!

  4. September 25, 2012 4:14 pm

    Luckily, our fields are still a sensible size around here – but we’re not really ‘arable-ised’ as we’re just a hill-farming area. I’m sure our farmers would prefer us to walk round rather than across and I’ve certainly never been ‘shouted at’ for it (and I’ve been shouted at by farmers before!)

  5. September 26, 2012 7:09 am

    You might be lucky with your farmers. In other parts of the country landowners have argued that the path is never used and had it closed, then promptly barred gates and stiles so you can’t walk around the field either. Landowners have a legal obligation to keep the actual line of the path clear and walkable, so that walkers and riders can obey the Country Code which states that you should keep to the line of the path when walking in the country.

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