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Footpaths & Rights of Way

Public rights of way are open to everyone at any time and give you the right to walk, ride a horse or cycle along certain routes. Some rights of way are open to vehicles. If you have a problem using a right of way, such as an obstruction, poor maintenance or a misleading sign, please report it to the Parish Footpaths Warden. The definitive map and statement is a legal record of the public rights of way and shows the routes of each public footpath, bridleway, restricted byway and byway open to all traffic in the county. The original map can be viewed at Gloucestershire County Council Shire Hall during office hours (no need to book an appointment) or online at Gloucestershire Rights of Way (click to go to site).

News from the Footpaths Wardens

The wardens are Chris Snellock and Caroline Marshall who would like to thank Charlie and Jude Oakhill for their support.  We have tried to cover as many footpaths as possible, checking that they are passable and have signposts where they meet roads.  We have now managed to cover almost 90% of the footpaths in Stinchcombe and have generally found them to be passable, reasonably well marked and with stiles and signposts in good order.  Exceptions to this are in the most recent report (click for link to document).

Not covered in the report is a very large tree that is partially blocking Oldhill Lane Track (CST12), a restricted byway that joins Taits Hill Road and Clingre Lane (the lane also has other local names).  This has been reported to Gloucestershire County Council.

Tree partially blocking Oldhill Track
Tree partially blocking Oldhill Lane Track

Given the inevitable overgrowth of many stiles through spring and summer some walking routes can be diverted by only a small distance or by a slight angle to take advantage of nearby field gates. For example, use the first gate on the right down Standle Lane to replace the bramble-blocked path from Echo Lane.