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 Introduction
15 different walks which will each take 2½ hours or so.
- Short Walks from the Half Moon Car Park
10 different walks from 4.3K to 6.3K.
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).
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