Walks Around Somerton

Welcome to the Walks Around Somerton section of the Somerton Community Website

For Your Information

County Councils are responsible for maintaining and recording rights of way. In this area the South Somerset District Council perform these duties as agents of Somerton County Council.

Obstructions, dangerous animals, harassment and misleading signs on rights of way are illegal and you should report them to the right of way staff at SSDC. Somerton is in area North.

Paths across fields may be ploughed but mostly normally be reinstated within two weeks.

Landowners can require you to leave land to which you have no right of access.

Motor vehicles are normally permitted only on roads, byways and some ‘Roads Used as Public Paths’. (RUPPS)

Follow any local bylaws.

Somerton Strolls

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Walks Around Somerton Area

 

RIGHTS OF WAY

THE COUNTY COUNCIL’S RESPONSIBILITIES

The County Council (01823 358085) is the body responsible for keeping the legal record of Rights of Way up to date and to protect and assert your right to use the network.

Any faults or problems may be reported to either Council by telephone, through the County Council website www.somerset.gov.co.uk or to the Parish Paths Liaison Officer whose name and address you will find in the current issue of “Somerton News”, or from Somerton Town Council (01458 272236).

FARMERS’/LANDOWNERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

Keep rights of way clear of obstructions and overhanging vegetation Maintain stiles and gates across footpaths and bridleways (with the assistance of maintenance authorities) Restore the surface of any crossfield footpath or bridleway which has been ploughed within 14 days

Not to plough any footpath or bridleway which constitutes a headland, ie field edge Not to allow any prohibited bull in a field through which a right of way passes Not to allow barbed or electrified wire to cross through stiles, or run adjacent to rights of way Not to erect misleading signs likely to deter use of rights of way

WALKERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES – THE COUNTRY CODE

Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work

Guard against all risk of fire

Leave all gates as found

Keep your dogs under close control

Keep to public rights of way across farmland

Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls

Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone

Take your litter home

Help to keep all water clean

Protect wildlife, plants and trees

Take special care on country roads

Make no unnecessary noise