PATH NEWS

The Rights of Way connecting Sandleheath at
Old Brickyards Road to Fordingbridge at Puddleslosh Lane remain closed at the time of writing this article, but when the work is completed there should be a good surface suitable for year round use.
Members should continue to avoid using Ringwood Footpath 38 from the western end of Forest Lane to Vales Moor on the open forest, as the landowner is in dispute with HCC over the line of the path.
I have at long last completed the summary of
last year's rolling review, covering the parishes of Breamore, Damerham, Martin, Rockbourne &
Whitsbury, a total of 170 Rights of Way

2013
2016
RoW that would fail BVPI
81
73
RoW with problems for walkers
78
74
RoW with serious problems
43
38
Problems encountered
Signposting/Waymarking
113
96
Stiles
25
23
Obstructions
21
22
Overgrowth
20
17
Map anomalies
17
17
Surface
13
13
Electric Fences
10
11
RoW that don't exist on the ground
8
8
Unauthorized diversions 
7
4
Barbed wire 
6
2
Sight disks 
2
2
Bridges 
2
2
Ditches
0
1
Total problems
244
218


There is an improvement from the last survey of
these parishes in 2013 with a drop of about 10% in the total number of problems. Signposting and
waymarking continue to be the biggest problem
encountered, despite our eorts to correct waymarks and the large number of signposts replaced by HCC.
We encountered many instances of vandalism
on signposts, with fingers broken off. The large
number of RoW that would fail a BVPI (HCC ease of use survey) is due in part to paths that are unsigned, but do not really need signing and to errors on the definitive map, a total of 21 in Breamore and Martin alone.

HCC have repaired or replaced a number of the signposts and we will attempt to rectify as many of the waymarking problems as possible. It is not always possible for us to do this as there may not be a structure or post to which we can legally affix a waymark.
We all owe a vote of thanks to the team of dedicated volunteers who help on these surveys as it is thanks to them that we are able to report / rectify the problems encountered, thus keeping the paths in a better state for all users. New volunteers for the surveys and other work are always required (see elsewhere in Waymark).
This year's Rolling Review will be surveying the parishes of Fordingbridge, Godshill, Hale, Hyde, Sandleheath & Woodgreen.
             
               Kelvin Winch - Footpath Secretary

FUTURE EVENTS PROGRAMME

Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Greyfriars @ 7.30p

Monday 6th March.            A Trek on the Appalachian Trail.
Jane Burridge and Marilyn Hands. Jane and her travelling companion Marilyn, walked part of the
trail and will be telling us about their experience. It should be interesting. You may have seen the film
and been amused by Bill Bryson's trek on this Trail.

Monday 20th March.          Annual General Meeting.
Do come along the and hear about our achievements in the year. After the formal business Sam
Jones the Senior Countryside Manager of Hampshire County Council Countryside Service who is
responsible for our area will be our speaker.




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