Footpaths


There are a many lovely walks around Martock, giving visitors and residents the chance to enjoy the historic village and the beautiful surrounding countryside. If you would like to download or consult maps about the footpaths please click here, where you will find a list of all our paths - where they go from and to, the length of the path and a few words on what is like, a map that shows all the 38 footpaths in the parish, and then detailed maps and descriptions of each path. Also, for dog walkers, there is a map that shows where all the dog poo bins in the parish are positioned.

The Market House Information Centre offers guides to 8 walking routes and a guide to a tour of the historic houses of Martock.

Martock is also on the 48 mile River Parrett Trail from the Dorset Hills right through to the Bristol Channel See http://www.somerset.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=41821

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GENERAL

Somerset County Council, who look after our footpaths have reduced the support that we get as a parish. As a result less will be done to repair and replace our stiles, gates, bridges etc. Also, we can expect what repairs we do get authorised to take longer – clearance of overgrown paths will take longer to arrange and are likely to be done less frequently. So anything you can do to keep our paths clear is even more appreciated.

So a great big Thank You to all the people who have been out with clippers, strimmers and shears - and in one case a ride on mower - helping to keep our paths open. .Your help is much appreciated. Also to those farmers who have helped buy topping the headlands where some of the paths run – wish that all would do the same

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 FOOTPATHS LATEST

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Y16-2 From Manor Farm (Stapleton) on the Long Load road To Milton Lane (Stapleton)
The field that this path skirts was ploughed and planted, leaving no headland to walk. Please take care. SCC are aware.
The stile at the E end of the path, where it comes out on to Milton Lane, has been vandalised. It has been sawn in half so passage is possible through the stile (rather than over it). SCC will not repair it as they say it is "redundant" and you can walk around it. If you attempt to climb through it, please take care.

Y16-3 From Long Load Road to Coat
The path just to the north of the stile past the cottages at West Street/Eweleaze was overgrown with maize that has been planted right up to the edge. Passage was impossible without a machete. SCC has been informed but nothing will be done before the maize is harvested – which should have happened or be about to be done.
Just south of the bridge at the west side of West Street/Eweleaze by Stapleton has a loose and wobbly handrail. Please take care as you cross. I asked SCC to fix in it March 2018 but they said in March this year that it is OK.

Y16-7 From Pound Lane (By the church) To The Old Post Office (Coat Road). Some fields along this path have been planted across the path. After an approach by SCC, an attempt has been made to clear the track of the path. Please let us know if this gets overgrown as the headlands are not easy walking. This may have been harvested by now – please let us know if it has.

Y16-8 From Coat House To join Path 0Y16-7 at Grey Stone Drove
A field at the S end of this path has been planted across the path, with an attempt made to clear the track of the path. Please let us know if this gets overgrown as the headlands are not easy walking. This may have been harvested by now – please let us know if it has.

Y16-10 From Elm Lane (Coat) To Pound Lane/Martock Church
The stile at the west side of the first field to the west of the road to Hills Farm is broken. It isn't usually used as the adjacent gate is normally open. However, recently the gate has been shut. SCC won't fix it so please let me know if you find the gate shut/locked.
Two stiles between the fields to the W of the road to Hills Farm are wobbly and hard to climb. Both are close to the stream. Please take care when climbing them as a drenching is not nice. Both have been reported to SCC in March 2019, but action is unlikely.
The field just N of the bridge over the Mill Brook, has been planted with maize. Very close to the edge and there is little or no footpath left. SCC has told the landowner to clear the path. Please let us know if it is obstructed again. This maize may have been harvested by now – please let us know if it has.

Y16-11 From Gawbridge Bow (Jenny's Bridge) To Hurst Bow (Yandles Timber)
The fingerpost at the north end of the path, where it comes out onto the road at Gawbridge, has lost its finger. SCC will not currently replace it - so it has to remain forlorn.
The path behind the sewage works is overgrown.
The kissing gate at the E end of the stretch behind Castle Reclamation is getting overgrown again, but is currently passable.

Y16-12 From Stapleton Road Allotments To Highway Farm Ash (Vickery's) There have been all sorts of issues with the gate at the E side of the allotments but - at present all is believed to be well. Also, on the extension of our part of the path on the way up to Highway (by Vickerys), past the last kissing gate, which is an Ash path, there is now virtually no headland to walk.

Y16-13 From Ash recreation ground To Foldhill Lane (Taepper Court)
Nothing reported.

Y16-14 From Steppes Crescent To Triways
The fingerpost at Triways, at the east end of the footpath was smashed down. It appeared to have been hit by a car. SCC will not replace it.

Y16-15 From Triways To East Street Drove
The north end of this is reported is a bit overgrown – but passable. Let us know if you know better.

Y16-15A From Foldhill Lane (Site of Bearley Bridge) To North end of Venn Lane (Venn Bridge Farm)
The 3 wobbly stiles that were on this path are now all OK.

16-16 From Foldhill Lane (Foldhill Farm To A303) (Venn Bridge Farm)
The last field before the A303 which had a crop right up to the edge, is now passable through the stubble

Y16-17 From Church/Water Street To Stoke Road
Nothing reported

Y16-17A From East Street (Madey Mill Cottage) To Stoke Road
Nothing reported

Y16-18 From Madey Mill To A303 (Venn Bridge)
The last field before the A303, was planted right up to the edge so that, on the west and south sides of the field, there is no footpath left. Once harvested it should be OK walking
The W stile post on the stile at the S end of the path from Madey Mill - where it leaves the field to go onto the A303, running east, to the A303 near Cartgate (Y16-18) is still quite wobbly. It has been reported but there seems to be no intention of improving it.

Y16-19 From Path 17 between WP 03 & 04 To East Street (East of the Post Office)
Nothing reported.

Y16-20 From Stoke Road (Was Day's Yard) To A303
Towards the north end of the path, but south of the new industrial units, two fields have recently had their potatoes harvested and the fields are in a poor condition for walking. There is no apparent track along the line of the path and it is very muddy and claggy underfoot.

Y16-21 From Water Street via Hoop Lane To Lovers Grove (Hurst)
Nothing reported.

Y16-21 (Permissive Path) From Recreation Ground To Dimmock's Lane
Nothing reported

Y16-22 From Bower Hinton To Stoke Road
The kissing gate at the west side of Mr Talbot's horse field still has a broken top rail. There is a loose end of the top rail that could catch the unwary as they go through the gate. It has been reported to SCC who have agreed that the landowner will fix it (but there is no idea when it will be done).

Y16-23 From Dimmock's Lane (Bower Hinton) To Sparrow Works (Bower Hinton)
The ancient kissing gate at the south end of this path drags in the ground inside the gate and can thus be stiff to move.

Y16-24 From Gaston's Lane (Bower Hinton) To Parrett Works
Nothing reported.

Y16-24A From South Petherton Road (By Hills Farm entrance) To Bower Hinton Shop (Broad Lane)
Nothing reported.

Y16-25 From Ringwell Hill (Bower Hinton) To Target Lane (Bower Hinton Farm)
The last part of the official path (to the W of the hedge) is quite overgrown. However the field itself is grassy and good walking and is a sensible alternative.

Y16-25A From Gaston's Lane (Bower Hinton) To Target Lane (Bower Hinton Farm)
Nothing reported.

Y16-25 (Permissive Path) From Gaston's Lane (Bower Hinton) To Cripple Hill (Bower Hinton Farm)
Nothing reported.

Y16-26 From Bulsom Bridge via Target Lane To A303
The stile at the south end, where the path ends at the A303, is damaged. The wooden stile steps here are rotten and broken and the stile itself is in a bad way. SCC currently will not fix it as there is a gate there that one could climb over - although I have asked them again to improve it.
The stretch from the end of Y16-27 to the A303 has been cleared and is a pleasant walk.

Y16-27 From Hallett's Lane (Bower Hinton Farm) To Target Lane (Bower Hinton Farm)
This is currently (10 Oct) muddy after the vehicles associated with the maize and potato harvests.

Y16-28 From Gawbridge Bow To Kingsbury Episcopi
Nothing reported.

Y16-29 From Parrett Works/Carey's Mill Bridge, westward To Y24-66
Nothing reported.

Y16-30 From Old Cricket Ground To Mill Brook
Nothing reported.

Y16-31 Hill's Lane
The stile at the W end of the passable part of the Lane has one wobbly step. It has been reported but please take care when crossing it. At times the adjacent gate is open across the path. As it has barbed wire along the top, please take care here.

Y16-32 From Dimmock's Lane (Bower Hinton) To Lane's end (Bower Hinton)
Nothing reported.

Y16-33 From Parrett Works To Broad Lane (Bower Hinton)
The maize has been planted close to the edge in the middle of the three fields along this path. Passage is possible but care is needed. The two fields either side of this have now been harvested and are good walking.

Y16-34 From Hills Farm To Y16-7 (Pound Lane to Coat Road)
Some of the fields have been planted close to the edge. If they haven’t been harvested and you must, please walk in the tractor tracks across the field. It has been reported.

Y16-35 From Bower Hinton (Talbot's Yard) To Y16-20
Two of the fields on the E end of this path have recently had their potatoes harvested and the fields are in a poor condition for walking. There is no apparent track along the line of the path and it is very muddy and claggy underfoot.

Y16-36 East Street Drove
Nothing reported

Y16-37 From Y16-14 - along Gildings Drove To Y16-12
Nothing reported

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We need your help!
When you use any of the 38 public footpaths around Martock please help us keep our parish paths in good order by letting us know about problems so that we can try to get things done - what we don't know about we can't improve.
So if you notice:
•   damaged stiles or fingerposts,
•   heavy overgrowth (brambles, nettles, grass etc)
•   trees fallen across the path
•   missing waymarkers,
•   other places where there are problems,
•   any corrections needed to the information here on the website
•   or if you have any suggestions that will help improve things.
Just email martockfootpaths@gmail.com  (or use the 'contacts' page of this website selecting 'footpaths' in the subject box or call me at 07887540179. Please state what you have seen, where it is (in as much detail as you can) and your contact details, so that we can get back to you and tell you what has happened. Compliments on SCC or other work done are also welcome and will be passed on to those responsible.

Happy walking!
Richard Deubert - Martock PPLO (The footpath guy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


&nbsp;Do you use the public footpaths around Martock?<p>To help us all improve the footpaths through our parish, we have set up an email for walkers to pass on information about the paths.<br />So if you see:<br />&bull;&nbsp; damaged stiles or fingerposts,<br />&bull;&nbsp; missing waymarkers,<br />&bull;&nbsp; other places where there are problems,<br />&bull;&nbsp; any other suggestions that will help improve things,<br /> then please email&nbsp;us (via the &#39;contacts&#39; page of this website selecting&nbsp;&#39;footpaths&#39; in the subject box), Please state what you have seen,where it is (in as much detail as you can) and your contact details, so that we can get back to you and tell you what has happened.</p><p>Also, it would help all those who walk the paths if we all helped to keep the paths clear. A few minutes knocking back nettles and clipping the odd bramble would help us all to enjoy our walks even more.</p><p>&nbsp;Happy walking! </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

Footpaths around Martock

 Do you use the public footpaths around Martock?

To help us all improve the footpaths through our parish, we have set up an email for walkers to pass on information about the paths.
So if you see:
•  damaged stiles or fingerposts,
•  missing waymarkers,
•  other places where there are problems,
•  any other suggestions that will help improve things,
then please email us (via the 'contacts' page of this website selecting 'footpaths' in the subject box), Please state what you have seen,where it is (in as much detail as you can) and your contact details, so that we can get back to you and tell you what has happened.

Also, it would help all those who walk the paths if we all helped to keep the paths clear. A few minutes knocking back nettles and clipping the odd bramble would help us all to enjoy our walks even more.

 Happy walking!

 

 


Contact: Richard Deubert