West Alvington Parish Council

Public Rights of Way in the Parish

 


Roads.....  Footpaths... Unsurfaced roads ....  Byways....

As well as main roads we have a network of narrow lanes maintained by DCC and a number of public footpaths and non surfaced roads running across private land.

Many are across fields in the Area of Outstanding Beauty that we are fortunate enough to have within our Parish and have delightful country and estuary views.

Devon CC maintain a definitive map showing the location and extent of all these rights within our Parish.

The Map

Owing to copyright laws we are prohibited from reproducing the DCC map here. The Parish Council display their copy of the DCC map in the Village Hall.

Click here for our own diagrammatic map

We have produced our own diagram to help illustrate the rights of way that exist within our parish. Black lines are roads. Red are PUBLIC footpaths or byways. Green are unmetalled roads. Purple shows some ways that exist BUT these are private and NOT available for public use.

Numbered Footpaths in the Parish.

1.   Between Nordern and Redford Lane (partly through woodland). 610 metres
2.   Between Wood Lane and Redford Lane. (partly through woodland) 540 metres
3.   Between Town Park entrance and Kingsbridge (surfaced but has low steps) 330 metres
4,   Between Phoenix Place (beside Homefield) and Woodhouse Lane. 210 metres
5.   From Woodhouse Lane to part way up Easton Hill. 300 metres
6.   Between top of Easton Hiil (along green lane) and gate to field 330 metres
7.   Continuation of FP6 across fields to join the Kb-Collapit Road 550 metres
8.   Continuation of FP6 across fields towards Tacketwood. 570 metres
9.   Continuation of FP6 across land to public road at Easton.  270 metres
10.  End of Preston Farm lane towards S. Milton 400 metres
11.  Between Youngcombe and Woolston. 840 metres
12.  Between Collapit-Blanksmill Road and Woolston 870 metres
13   Beside Hawk House drive leading between sawmill lane and S. Milton  670 metres
14.  Between Tacketwood Bridge to Private Road (leads beside Estuary)  180 metres
15.  Continuation of FP14 along private road to join foreshore. 220 metres

Other public rights of way in the Parish

Byway 17.             Between road near Blanksmill and creek foreshore. 80 metres
Unmetalled road   Between Longbrook and public lane near the communication tower
Unmetalled road   Between Sockwell Cott and public lane near Cholwells
Unmetalled road   Between lane at Woolston and FPs 11 and 12
Unmetalled road   Between Main A381 near Preston Cotts and lane to Easton
Unmetalled road   Between Preston Farm lane end and S. Milton
Unmetalled road   Between lane near Sawmill and S.Milton

Some legal information

Ownership

Paths are generally across privately owned land. Landowners have no legal responsibility for any loss or injury to those using same. Where hedges and banks lie alongside these usually belong to the farmer or landowner who owns the adjoining field or land. The farmer or landowner is responsible for cutting back and keeping their hedge maintained so it does not obstruct rights of passage along the road or path. The surface of public footpaths is often the responsibility of DCC but if across agricultural land farmers and landowners have a right to use their land as they wish (as long as they do not make the way impassable or obstruct rights).    

Problems

Problems can be caused by a footpath or byway that has been inadvertently or deliberately closed off,  or rendered unusable, or a gate or stile is broken or a path has become overgrown or the signs have been broken off or signs are otherwise missing or unreadable. Or sometimes the surface becomes very muddy or rutted or impassable.  

Wildlife conservation

It is a criminal offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) for anyone to do anything that disturbs or injures wildlife or birds or their nests. Therefore it is most unwise for anyone to cut or trim a hedgerow between 1 March and 31st July. The only exception is when a hedge overhangs a public right of way and is causing an actual and real danger or obstruction, or after a full inspection and survey has revealed that no nest is physically present and that no bird or animal will be harmed. Maybe wise therefore to leave well alone unless remedial action is totally essential.

The role of the Parish Council

We are responsible for notifying any obstruction or issues we become aware of to the landowner requesting suitable remedial action. In our experience landowners will usually be pleased to help. However in the very unlikely event that no satisfactory resolution can be reached we have a duty to notify Devon C.C. so they can pursue the matter further.

There is nearly always a situation of mutual give and take and landowners are perfectly within their rights to plough or reseed land and the footpath may then be temporarily unavailable. Landowners have a 14 day period to reinstate a public footpath across their land to 1 metre in width.

If you become aware of any serious issue with any of the rights of way set out above the Parish Council would appreciate your notifying our Clerk with brief details - or please come to a meeting and let us know. We will be most grateful.

PLEASE sample the rights of way in our parish. But please also respect the countryside and the existence of private land . Respect any animals or crops on farmers land. Keep your dog on a lead and do not let it worry sheep or animals. If your dog does a poo please take it away in a bag. DON'T hang it up in a tree or a hedge!! Try to take home any litter - even if you didn't create it. If we all pick up one item of litter a day, especially plastic, it will do wonders for helping the environment which we all benefit from.