Footpaths around Morchard Bishop and ...
With over 40 footpaths, Morchard Bishop
has one the highest number of public footpaths of any Parish in Devon. The walks
available are very varied in length, difficulty and vistas.
Parish Paths Partnerships Scheme (P3 for short)
is an initiative to ensure that the entire rights of way network is legally defined,
properly maintained and well publicised. It has the support of the National Association
of Local Councils and is government funded. The Devon County Council was one of
the first fifteen Highway Authorities to participate in this scheme, which encourages
community involvement and enjoyment of public rights of way. Devon County Council
is working in partnership with Parish/Town Councils, landowners and local voluntary
groups. The main aim is to improve the condition of the local rights of way and
keep them open and used properly.Parish/Town Councils in the scheme receive a
grant to undertake rights of way work.
The grant, paid by
Devon County Council, covers three elements -
i) The mileage, based on the
length of rights of way in theParish
ii) Special projects, and
Path condition survey and inspection
Each year before the Parish/Town Council receives its annual grant it organises
a survey -
This is an assessment of the condition of the rights of way, in
order to find out what work needs to be done.
The survey provides the information
necessary for calculation of the grant payment.
Developments and improvements
- upgrading and re-opening paths by undertaking practical work such as vegetation
clearance, repairing stiles and waymarking, in consultation with farmers and landowners;
Events - helping people to feel confident about using the network by organising,
for example, guided walks and rights of way days;
Publicity and promotion
- letting people know about the availability of the rights of way network through,
for example, leaflets or map boards. This is a final stage, reflecting the improved
condition of the path network.
Paths Liaison Officer operates the scheme - and for the Morchard Bishop
Parish our P3 Officer is Julie Rudge. (see also the Local Artists section on this
Julie regularly organises walks in the Parish,
usually taking about 2 - 3 hours. The walks are leisurely and for all ability
levels. They are a fantasitic way of getting know your local areas, the beauty
that is the Devon countryside - and also your walking companions. The walks are
publicised regularly in the Morchard Messenger and the accompanying hand drawn
maps are available from Julie (tel 01363 877528) or can be downloaded from this
To go to the walks maps click
The Devon County Council web section on Public
Rights of Way can be accessed by clicking
An excellent interactive footpaths GIS (Geographic
Information System) map for Devon can be accessed clicking
here You can zoom into any area of Devon to see the local footpaths and bridleways