Local Footpaths and Rights of Way

There is an extensive network of public footpaths and bridleways in the parish of Staunton-on-Wye.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the rights of way and the access to the countryside that they provide.

Everyone has the right to use footpaths and bridleways, please remember there are restrictions on what is allowed and all users should follow The Countryside Code. Landowners generally welcome responsible visitors but serious problems can be caused to crops and livestock or other path users through irresponsible or thoughtless behaviour.

In particular please ensure that you leave gates as you find them, keep dogs under close control (worrying sheep, chasing, or worse is a criminal offence and may result in serious health effects or death of livestock and dogs may be destroyed if they are worrying livestock) and try to leave only footprints and take only memories of your visit.

Most footpaths are hundreds of years old and have been used for generations. The public has a right to travel on foot on a footpath. Please stick to the footpaths which should be marked and have easy access. If there are problems with a footpath please report it to Herefordshire council. The council is responsible for ensuring that paths are kept clear and well maintained and will help landowners meet their responsibilities for gates/access.

A public bridleway may be used to travel on foot and to ride or lead a horse. Riding a bike is permitted. Cyclists should give way to walkers and all users should treat all others with respect – everyone including small children, older people and dogs can be startled by fast moving bikes (or horses!).

Public rights of way are shown on Ordnance Survey maps and also on the on-line map. The council has a page on rights and responsibilities for landowners and users of public rights of way.

In addition to the rights of way there are also “permissive paths”. These are paths (footpaths and bridleways) that a landowner has allowed public access over (sometimes with restrictions). These are not shown on the definitive map and not always on the Ordnance Survey maps. There are permissive paths south of Staunton-on-Wye.

Other public access land includes “access land”, some common land and where a landowner has given access. In our parish there is only one area of access land – near the river Wye north of Brobury.

Bulmers frequently allow public access to their orchards. Please do not assume you have a right of access and respect any signs and restrictions from landowners who allow this voluntary access.

This map of Staunton Parish from our local Plan shows the Rights of Way

Neighbourhood plan map Staunton_on_Wye_Group_CP (2)