Footpaths & Bridleways

through North & Middle Littleton

There are forty nine footpaths in the parish with a total length of 10.5 miles and seven bridleways with a total length of 1.75 miles.

The overall responsibility to ensure public rights of way are available for the use and enjoyment of the public rests with the County Council as Highway Authority, responsibilities are divided between the Council and landowners and occupiers.

The County Council is responsible for:

  • Signposting paths where they leave a metalled road
  • Waymarking along the route of paths
  • Clearance of undergrowth i.e. natural vegetation growing through the path surface
  • Maintenance of most bridges and ditch crossings
  • Ensuring landowners and occupiers comply with their responsibilities.

Landowners and occupiers are responsible for:

  • Maintenance of stiles and gates
  • Clearance of overgrowth i.e. vegetation growing from the sides or above
  • Re-instatement of paths after ploughing
  • Keeping paths clear of crops
  • Making sure they don't obstruct paths in other ways

To carry out these duties WCC appoints a Parish Paths Warden who works on a voluntary basis.  Our local warden is Alan Saunders and he can be contacted through the Parish Council ( clerk@northandmiddlelittleton-pc.gov.uk ). He is always grateful for help with his endeavours, so please contact him if you are interested.

The Worcester County Council web site gives much information about the footpaths and shows an interactive map which flags up certain projects.

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countrysidemapping

History:

The Definitive Map and Associated Statements were introduced under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. This is the act that resulted in the first detailed maps of footpaths and bridleways in the country being produced.

Useful information about foot paths:

A defined footpath may be used for walking. A footpath should be 1.8 metres wide and allow 2.5  metres clearance in height. Paths reinstated by landowners through growing crops should a minimum of 1 metre wide.or 1.5 metres around a field boundary.

A defined bridleway may be used for riding or leading a horse, as well as for walking. Cycling is permitted providing the cyclist gives way to riders and walkers. There are seven bridleways in the parish, 1.75 miles in total length. A bridleway should be a minimum of 3 metres wide and allow clearance of 3.5 metres in height. Bridleways reinstated by landowners through growing crops should be a minimum of 2 metres wide or 3 metres around a field boundary.