Footpaths


 There are lovely walks in and around Martock. IF you would like to download  or consult maps about the footpaths please click here.

 

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Please be careful if you walk any of these listed below, as the County Council (SCC) are unable/unwilling to make the necessary repairs:

The stile to the south of the single sleeper bridge over the ditch, 1 field to the S of Parrett Works (on the path from Parrett Works to Gaston’s Lane – Y16-24) has both posts rotten, meaning the stile is loose and wobbly on both sides. I am still trying to get the farmer to fix it as SCC has decided it is not their problem.

The stile at the south end of Y16-26 (Target Lane), where the Lane ends at the A303, is damaged. The wooden stile steps here are rotten and wobbly. SCC currently will not fix it as there is a gate there that one could climb over.

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Stop Press - 20th April 2017 

On the path that runs from Water Street, around the recreation ground, to Bower Hinton (Y16-21) there is stretch on the rec - behind the rugby club containers and alongside the new building site at Mertock Leat, running west to where the new wooden fencing has been put in - where an old wire fence has collapsed. As a result there is a length of the path that has barbed wire waving about. We are getting the worst bits cut off and removed but the complete clearance of all this wire is a bigger problem and we are trying to decide how to get remove it. In the meantime, please be careful when walking this part of the path - especially if you have small children and/or dogs with you.

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Stop Press - 12 April 2017

On the path that runs from Pound Lane to Elm Lane, on the Coat to Gawbridge Road (Y16-10) there is a problem with the foot bridge. This is 6 fields to the west of the road to Hills Farm, where the path crosses the Brook from the north side to the south side. There is a long 2 sleeper bridge with a wooden handrail and horizontal wooden bars at each end to stop stock crossing. The handrail supports are leaning into the bridge - particularly on the south end - so that the effective width of the bridge is reduced, making it hard to cross it while walking upright. It also means that the gap between the horizontals at the south end is reduced, making it difficult for all but small dogs to squeeze through. Please take great care when crossing - it is long drop into the Brook. As an alternative, if you don't mind a short trespass, there is a tractor bridge a few 10s of yards to the east followed by a short walk west, along a ploughed field back to the footbridge. SCC are aware and are still considering the problem.

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Stop Press - 7 April 2017

The path that runs south, down from Coat (by the old post office) towards Hills farm (Y16-08) is currently blocked, just south of Coat. Where there used to be a stile (that collapsed a while back) and just to the north of the relatively new wooden bridge, there is currently a lash up of an old metal gate and some wooden posts, with a single rocky step. Presumably it was put there to stop animals getting onto the road, as the fence between the path and the adjoining field is broken down in several places. It is possible for the agile of us to scramble through but that is not easy. SCC has visited the site and agreed to replace it all with a gate - but it may take some time. Until then please take care if climbing through.

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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 this website,
•    or if you have any suggestions that will help improve things,
email the information to martockfootpaths@gmail.com  (or 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. Compliments on SCC or other work done are also welcome and will be passed on to those responsible.

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! 

To contact the footpaths ranger please use the Contacts page and choose 'Footpaths' from the drop down menu or call 07887 540179 or email martockfootpaths@gmail.com

 

 


&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