Footpaths

Cranmore is blessed to have many lovely footpaths.  For a more detailed map which includes the footpath numbers, please see further down the page.

CAN YOU HELP WITH THE PARISH PATH CONSULTATION?

From now until the end of January 2019 Somerset County Council Rights of Way will be engaging in a consultation with Parish & Town Councils. To ensure we can continue to secure the best value in service delivery, Somerset County Council’s Rights of Way team are inviting their view in reviewing:

  • Path categories,
  • Vegetation clearance schedule.In 2006/7 we undertook a similar consultation. 12 years on, many communities will have grown and the nature and use of certain paths may have changed, hence it is timely that we undertake a review of this information.

The path classification plays an important part in how our Area Wardens prioritise their workload, and with current resource pressures it’s important they use their time efficiently, directing resources to paths that are most important to the community.

Parishes have been asked to categorise paths into one of four categorises, these categories have been summarised in table 1.

Table 1: Description of Path Categories

Category

Description

1*

These paths are for regionally promoted routes such as the England Coast Path and River Parrett Trail

1

These may be paths used by local dog walkers and riders or local utility paths that provide access to local shops, schools and services. They are likely to be used on a daily or frequent basis. They can also include promoted paths that are included in a local walking or riding guide.

2

Those used by your local community occasionally. E.g. they may not be main dog walking or riding routes and are not promoted locally.

3

These are paths that are rarely used and are considered to be of low value by your local community. Paths that fall within this category are likely to be off the beaten track or cul-de-sac paths that don’t lead anywhere.

At present paths that are on the Vegetation Cutting Schedule are cut once, twice or three times per year.  The provisional cutting windows for each of these can be seen in table 2. Vegetation clearance is one of the Service’s biggest expenditures and it is important that the resources are being directed to the right place and at the right time of year.

Table 2: Vegetation Clearance Schedule Windows

Category

Description

1*

These paths are for regionally promoted routes such as the England Coast Path and River Parrett Trail

1

These may be paths used by local dog walkers and riders or local utility paths that provide access to local shops, schools and services. They are likely to be used on a daily or frequent basis. They can also include promoted paths that are included in a local walking or riding guide.

2

Those used by your local community occasionally. E.g. they may not be main dog walking or riding routes and are not promoted locally.

3

These are paths that are rarely used and are considered to be of low value by your local community. Paths that fall within this category are likely to be off the beaten track or cul-de-sac paths that don’t lead anywhere.

Parish Councils will have until the 31st January 2019 to respond to the consultation and have been asked to engage and consult with their community whilst considering different types of rights of way user.

As a member of the parish we would like to make sure that you had the opportunity to comment on the consultation and you can do this by getting in touch with the Parish Councils, using email cranmoreparishclerk@hotmail.co.uk and offering your assistance with the consultation where you are able to.

Paths that fall in parishes wholly in the Exmoor National Park boundary will not be reviewed in this consultation as Exmoor National Park have their own category system and vegetation clearance schedule. Parishes on the boundary will be asked to consult on only those paths that are outside the boundary of the Park.

If you have a query or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Jake Taylor
Volunteer and Trails Officer
Jtaylor@somerset.gov.uk
( 07917 837542
( 01823 358250
Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY

For further information about Rights of Way please visit our website www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway

FOOTPATHS OF CRANMORE PARISH

Map

The red dotted lines show the footpaths.

TO SEE THE DETAILED FOOTPATH MAP OF CRANMORE PLEASE CLICK HERE

(This page last updated 11/12/2018)