The Wheels of God

The wheels of God grind slow, they say, but they grind exceeding small. The image is that of a mill-stone, but it seems to apply equally well to rights of way officers. I recently received the following letter from the Enforcement and Access Officer of North Somerset Council, dated 28/05/2008:

Public footpath LA7/46

In 2006 you reported being chased along the restricted byway between Hill Farm and Oxlease Lane in Dundry.

I apologise for the length of time it has taken to address your complaint, however, I have only just joined North Somerset Council as their enforcement officer. I have discussed the problem of the doberman pincher with our Dog Warden and have carried out a site visit to assess the problem. The dog does not appear to be able to access the right of way any more, but if you do encounter any problems with the dog again, please do let me know.

With regards to the obstruction of the right of way by vegetation and locked gates, I am currently in the process of having them removed. Once this has been done, I will write again to let you know, however, if you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Graeme Stark

Enforcement and Access Officer

It is nice to know that these things are taken seriosly, but I would not be surprised to learn that the dog has died, or become too old to chase walkers by now!

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2: B-tuf: 16: A Bird in the Hand

(Or Plop the Owl who was afraid of the Dark)

Two problems have been encountered with the early part of this route.

1) “Penshurst Gardens” should read “Fenshurst Gardens”.

2) The instruction “In the field, turn right and follow the line of a hedge to a stile into a tree-tunnel track.” has proved confusing, due to an unfortunate page break and the insertion of the comment about Ridings Wood and the Wild Country “over to the right.” This led my informant to go through a gap in the hedge – which to be fair is more like a line of bushes – and led him into an unfortunate confrontation with a security guard in the old hospital site.

To avoid this – When you get over the stile into the field, mentioned at the bottom of page 153, turn right immedately and follow the line of what used to be a hedge to the stile into the tree tunnel. (My informant thought this was more like straight on.) The important thing is not to cross the line of the old hedge.

 

 

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