Narey a Carey

Funny old car and bike scrapyard tucked away on Hillside close by Alan’s little B&W cottage which must run to different time standards as we saw nothing of its occupants in spite of as much noise as we could make.  Whilst a small group set off doing a tree surgeon’s round on Penny and Rodge Hills, the ranks set to to remove the old rotten style, dig out holes then put JP’s hand made job back in, and very good it looked too (it IS upright, honest, Ian’s iPhone proved it).  Simon’s bang with a large hammer on the southern upright made it more so after we thought we had it very firmly fixed in place.  Three or four steps, job done.  Jan’s welcome coffee in the Pudford Lane lay bye then early doors to unload at JP’s.


For the record, problems on nearby MT570–bars across the path and a rotten stile reported to County in June 15 with no result–have re-reminded them as of today and asked what we should do–thanks Ian for raising this.



That Old Field Corner

21st Feb 2016
Well, this little ole corner of, yes, Wichenford has seen life, it really has.  Plenty.

If it were not recorded here its history would go unremembered but this little corner was on the edge of a long running fight for the protection of our rights of way against enclosures by those who thought they could ride rough shod over laws governing our highways.

The hedge line we worked on today forms the boundary between the parishes of Martley and Wichenford. For much of the length of this boundary there are rights of way on both sides.  Silly really but that is how it is.  Ross Green is not called Ross Green for nothing. It was well, a green–a common open area within a village or other settlement. Traditionally, a village green was often common grassland at the centre of an agricultural or other rural settlement, and was used for grazing. Some also have a pond, often originally for watering stock such as cattle (WikiP).

Behind the five houses on the Wichenford (East) side of the boundary hedge, there used to run a street width access way, long forgotten but until about 15 years ago, still extant i.e. in existence in law.

One particular senior rights of way officer at County Hall decided that this route (among many others he focussed on), must be opened up.  This was to prove very difficult indeed, as the house owners had taken the area into their gardens. Protests reached John Major.  Many antagonistic meetings were held, counter arguments put forward but in the end it was imposed that the wide right of way could be extinguished if the local farmer would allow the route to be transferred to the other side i.e. the Martley side of the hedge line. Cash changed hands, quite a bit actually, and the old Wichenford route for the length behind the five houses, was placed on the Martley side, on top of, those who have been following the story so far will realize, a footpath that already existed –in those days numbered Martley 40. Peculiarly the footpath on the Martley side crossed the hedge line into Wichenford more or less where we worked today and followed only the Wichenford side of the hedge as Wichenford 1, until the road was reached. It crossed the road, ran on the Wichenford side for some way then, at the next lane (near Ben’s house) changed into a bridleway on the west of the hedge line in Bulmers’ orchards, the old Stocks Lane, with a footpath on the eastern (Wichenford) side.  Another bit of peculiar is that the parish boundary crosses the hedge line where a cross field path joins the main route on the way back to the road (are you following this or just tired?)

So what does this have to do with where we worked today?  Well in fact for a few yards  just at this corner, the route on the definitive map, being the legal document, is not as it was laid out on the ground.  Even though as I understand it, County was very much involved with the change in route, it will not therefore at this point, sanction anything we do to make the route safer or provide any materials that we might need as they could be seen to be accepting an illegal routing.  Here is a map:

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Surely it is here that local common sense takes over from the ass of the law? A bit of live and let live with no harm to anyone.



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Balance and Ballet

From the furthest South to the furthest North, beautifully organised with no wasted driving around the parish for hours.





Those posts are not upright (or is it the bloody idiots in yellow?)

IMG_1259John N, Ben C, John C, Ian P, Jon P, Rob D, Simon H, Andy P, Mike I, Tom P rarely as large a group as this, must be nearing the time of funny milk.

Where were we then?, First the South, two new signposts:

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The North, replaced very heavy gate post, cleared scrub, installed and signed new waymark post; routes 812, 813 and 814 split here with this little postage stamp sized bit of Martley North of Ockeridge Lane

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No, that way, blimey you live locally, don’t you know the paths round ‘ere?


Darth Vader put in a guest appearance too.  Spot the new post


Something like the Russian Army on manoeuvres arrived, terrified the locals and swept off  not to be seen hereabouts for another 20 years


Sunday 18th Oct 15–Bulmers

Bulmers yes, but before that a route on the popular Walk No.10 that Ian had spotted last month needed full length clearance, hedge trimming and attention to the stile.  Route 539 on map below:

Route 639 from Pudford Farm to B4204

Route 639 from Pudford Farm to B4204

Some sort of altercation over parking, with a ‘got out of the bed on the wrong side’ Kevin Wickens left us wondering about valley folk.  After the above, off to Bulmers.  Ben (and Simon) painted hundreds of trees after the style of Monet, i.e. somewhat blurred and smudged (routes 604, 605, 608, 595). Waymark posts were re-discovered in the undergrowth and several re-installed.  The bridge on 595 showed signs of collapse so JP and gang erected a quality support leg under the defective longeron.  Dozens of trees were cleared of overhanging branches on route 595.  All in all a good day and Bulmers, an area not visited for a couple of years was left in good state.  Later Tim (thanks Tim) cleared a wide swathe on route 595 across to B4197.

In addition the team completed clearance of overgrowth on causeway 602 and resigning of route 600 with additional waymark post.

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Bridge that needs replacing

Bridge that needs replacing


August Clearence

A record of several journeys into the jungles of our local paths during the month.

Most exciting thing that happened was the phone call received after clearing paths along Mike Nott’s garden panelling.  We cut back a very overhanging barrier of honeysuckle (I think) that severely impeded progress along the right of way.  Mike, in good humour to be fair, but harried from behind I was made to understand, wanted to know why we had cut it back, it not being the end of the month of August n’all.  After this date it seems, vegetation can be tackled with vengeance and no fear of retribution and imprisonment from jobsworths at DEFRA.   I suggested that the 16th August wasn’t too distant from the end of the month so maybe punishment would be withheld.  I asked him if it was his spaniel that had rushed out and bitten us and what did he think about that (it was and it didn’t). Anyway he praised the PONS for the work they do.

Mike Nott's Area

Mike Nott’s Area FP740 cleared

Apart from that little task, good progress was made around Quarry Farm , near Mel Farmers and the path off Pudford Lane between Hollins Lane and B4297

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Mel Farmer's Area

Mel Farmer’s Area, FP704 and 705 cleared













Tuesday 18th Ian, Simon and self cleared paths around Aldens and David Harrisons–those not done a month ago then Ben went out on 20th and 21st to clear off some stiles–thanks Ben.  He worked his way down Pudford Lane, also along the road towards the Masons (not sure how long that took) and up Easinghope Lane area too , excellent thanks.  Thanks too to Alan Gosling who checked out a couple of machines this month.

Aldens and David Harrisons Area

Aldens and David Harrisons Area FP 640 and 641 parts cleared and 620

July 19th, a Very Warm Day

Given that many could not be with us today there was a good turn out of eight on a mission to deal a fatal blow to the massive growth on paths between Ross’s Lane and Brook Court. So massive that the route through the ‘new’ spinney on Trevor Sanders land was scarcely traceable. With teams operating in three places excellent progress was made on all of the routes in this quarter of the parish, indeed all routes were cleared and hopefully this will last to the end of the season. Thanks to Ben, Tom, Tim, Charlotte, Colin, John C, Mike and of course to Jan with coffee and wow, cake. The walk behinds tho are showing signs of all the very hard work so some in depth maintenance is needed, immediately in the case of one of them. A good day to be out, warm but what wonderful weather. WORK MAP 19JUL15
Routes cleared:622, 628, 638, 640, 631, 637, 632, 634, 646, 633

Off for coffee

Off for coffee

5 Men Went to Mow 28th June 15

28th June is late in the year to start clearance of Martley’s paths, very late; a few turned out and were soon lost in a welter of nettles, brambles and burdock. At least we made a start and a difference too–the up river path from Ham Bridge–hadn’t been cleared in around 100 years,Simon says he remembers doing it, is now open; many styles too.

Riverside Path Before

Riverside Path Before

River Side Path After, Simon

River Side Path After, Simon


One of Ben's at Trevor Sanders Farm

One of Ben’s at Trevor Sanders Farm






The Nub of It

Mothering Sunday, 15th March 15 or Mothers’ Day is it these modern days? Good turn out and much done including The Nubbins, a job that has been on the list for years probably near a decade, so big sense of achievement when completed. We cleaned up the steps at the bottom, moved the path on to its correct line and replaced steps at base of steep hill, installed a stubby waymark post at the top of the hill to provide a sight line for those coming from the field above and cut steps in the rock/earth from the top down on the steepest part. They will be eroded but we made the effort. Later, replaced a broken signpost on Ankerdine and strengthened a stile and replaced its step right down in the South of the parish near Wants Green. Good stuff–thanks all who attended.


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15th Feb 2015 The Times of the Signposts

Pics from Sundays work party when we installed, renewed, fixed up around 10 signposts plus some waymarking. Map reading courses available to needy people (if you write this then you will get a chance to say how history happened).  Must be a lol somewhere.  Thanks to all who came along, only about 3 SPs left in stock to do.  Ben and I will check out other reported problems this week hopefully.  Next meet 15th March

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