In the next few months a group of volunteers from Whittington will be walking all the rights of way in Whittington under the co-ordination of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors. The aim is to look at the Rights of way with a view to checking maintenance, way marking routes and access. From this a list of priority work can be made; support to help rectify any problems found will be provided to our band of volunteers from Shropshire’s great Outdoors.
Key issues for landowners:
- Barbed wire should not be erected across a public right of way without adequate means of crossing it
- Bulls over 10 months old should not be at large on land crossed by a public right of way.
- Users of footpaths should be able to pass through or over an electrified fence safely and without difficulty and must not be exposed to the risk of receiving shocks
- Boundary hedges and trees are the responsibility of the owner/occupier and should not be allowed to obstruct the paths.
- Where a crop other than grass has been sown it is the duty of the owner /occupier to ensure that a growing crop does not encroach onto the line of the path during the growing season.
- It is the duty of the landowner to ensure that any gate or stile is kept in good repair and in safe condition.
Key issues for walkers- follow the country code:
Respect other people:
- Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
- Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment:
- Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
- Keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors:
- Plan ahead and be prepared
- Follow advice and local signs
We welcome volunteers to come and help, to report issues with paths and to help with any maintenance work. If you feel that you would like to be part of this group please contact Sue Tuerena 01691 657300/ 07803560455 or Phil James 07917024891 for more information.