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 has been ploughed leaving no headland to walk. Please take care. SCC are aware of the ploughing.
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 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. I have asked again.


Y16-7 From Pound Lane (By the church) To The Old Post Office (Coat Road) One of the fields to the N end of this path has been ploughed leaving little or no headland to walk. SCC have been advised. Please take care when you walk here.


Y16-8 From Coat House To join Path 0Y16-7 at Grey Stone Drove
Nothing reported


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 but action is unlikely.
The field just N of the bridge over the Mill Brook, has recently been ploughed right up to the edge and there is no footpath left. The SCC Ranger has discussed it with the landowner and it has been assessed as "Fine". Be prepared for a rough walk in that ploughed part.


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.


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 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 virtually no headland to walk.


Y16-13 From Ash recreation ground To Foldhill Lane (Taepper Court)
The fingerpost at the Foldhill Lane end is loose and wobbly. SCC says it is OK and will do nothing about it.


Y16-14 From Steppes Crescent To Triways
This path is now on SCC's list to be cleared each summer.
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.


Y16-15 From Triways To East Street Drove
Nothing reported


Y16-15A From Foldhill Lane (Site of Bearley Bridge) To North end of Venn Lane (Venn Bridge Farm)
There were three wobbly stiles on this path. There are now 2 as the one to the west has been demolished and is lying in the undergrowth. What was the western stile is just a stump that the walker should be careful not to trip over. The one to the east (the one remaining) is still wobbly. Then the next one to the east, which has a significant drop down into a grazed field, also has wobbly posts. All these have been reported to SCC but they will not do anything.


Y16-16 From Foldhill Lane (Foldhill Farm To A303) (Venn Bridge Farm)
The last field before the 303 has a crop right up to the edge and there is no footpath left. The SCC Ranger has been informed and has talked to the landowner - but don't hold your breath for it to be improved. In the mean time be prepared for a rough walk in the ploughed part.


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 road, has recently been ploughed right up to the edge. On the west and south sides of the field there is no footpath left and you have to walk in field. The SCC Ranger has been informed but nothing will be done. Be prepared for a rough walk in those ploughed parts.
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
There is a field on the northern end of this that had a crop across the path and has now been filled with sheep. There are electric fences at both the N and S sides of the field with no access for walkers. This is likely to be there for only a short time but do take care when crossing them - they are live.


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


Y16-21PP 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.


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 mud 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)
There is a caravan parked on the N stretch of this path. The council and the police have been informed.

Y16-25 From Ringwell Hill (Bower Hinton) To Target Lane (Bower Hinton Farm)
Nothing reported

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

Y16-25PP 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 tree that was blocking the path around the middle of the length of this path is now cleared away and the path is clear.

Y16-27 From Hallett's Lane (Bower Hinton Farm) To Target Lane (Bower Hinton Farm)
Nothing reported

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 From Hill's Lane (RUPP) To Y16-34
Nothing reported

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)
Nothing reported

Y16-34 From Hills Farm To Y16-7 (Pound Lane to Coat Road)
Nothing reported

Y16-35 From Bower Hinton (Talbot's Yard) To Y16-20
Two of the fields on the E end of this path have been ploughed up to the edge and there is little if any headland to walk. SCC have been informed but change is unlikely.

Y16-36 From East Street Drove To Venn Lane
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