Blocked paths crossing the City Boundary

I have recently received the following e-mail from the Bristol City rights of way department about a blocked footpath between Whitchurch and Maes Knoll that I complained about some time ago.

Dear Mr Bloor

The current situation is that Bath & North East Somerset need to obtain committee authorisation to permit Bristol City Council to process an order on their behalf. The diversion for them is at the top end of the path, so that it follows the field boundary and exits at the existing kissing gate. Their next committee is  in the first week of July. At that stage I can get the dedication agreement signed and a diversion order advertised.

The result will be a public footpath connecting Tannorth Rd up to East Dundry Rd and onwards to Maes Knoll.

 Thank you for your interest,

Mary Knight

This looks like good news, because the blocked section is part of a route that I left out of the first Crossing Boundaries book because of the blockage.  You can find the route, which is nicknamed “The Caterpillar”, amongst the CTTC free routes on www.closertothecountryside.co.uk

The e-mail reminded me of other blocked paths, so I sent the following back:

Dear Mary Knight,

Your e-mail about the path at Dundry Hill Farm, Whitchurch, reminded me of a couple of other places where I have had problems in the past, both on paths that cross the boundary of the Bristol unitary authority.

The first of these is the path from North Hill Farm, East Dundry, to Bishport Avenue. This path is useful as part of of a circular route, which links the countryside around Dundry with Wilmotte Park, Crox’s Bottom and the Malago open space to Bishopsworth Library. Unfortunately the path from the city boundary to Bishport Avenue passes through land, which is, I believe, owned by the council, and is usually very nearly unpassable.

I have not visited this path lately for that reason, but I would be delighted to hear that the path is now properly maintained and marked so that it would be worth visiting again.

Similar problems exist on the path from Hallen across Lawrence Weston Moor to Atwood Drive. There are two pinch points. The first is where the path goes alongside the motorway under the railway line from Filton to Avonmouth. I suspect that the section that is usually severely overgrown and impassable is in South Gloucestershire, but it is hard to be certain as the railway forms the boundary at this point. If it is a South Gloucestershire problem, perhaps you could bring it up in an appropriate forum.

The second pinch point is around Bank Leaze School where the path has been confined to an enclosure that is usually choked by brambles etc. This is almost certainly council owned land.

I hope that you can assure me that these problems have already been dealt with. Otherwise, I would be interested to hear what you propose doing about them.

Yours sincerely

Chris Bloor

Watch this space for further developments

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