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Fighting through a hedgerow near Wellbrook

Photo of overgrown hedge preventing easy access to a stileYou can just about see the stile behind the hedge in the picture. It was a real fight to get through the hedge and into the field beyond last Sunday (17th April 2016). But I rarely let anything stop me,  so I tried to pin back the brambles and pushed my way through, collecting some impressive scratches on the way.

I have reported the problem to East Sussex County Council so hopefully it will be fixed relatively soon (you can report any footpath problem, as well as other issues with roads etc. on the fixmystreet website). It may even be one of the tasks assigned to the voluntary group in Mayfield who clear footpaths and repair stiles, in which case I may end up helping to clear it myself.

In the meantime, I suggest avoiding this footpath (M&FA 79, which meets the A267 between Wellbrook and Mere’s Lane and whose northern end is on Fir Toll Road on the drive leading to Naylor’s Farm Cottages) especially if you do not like mud – there is about 3 inches to wade through at the lowest point of the path.

Mayfield Open to Visitors

Mayfield has much to offer visitors – a lovely village set in beautiful countryside, historic buildings, interesting shops and walks with fantastic views to name only a few. But we have not been good at publicising our village.  We have a sign from the main road promoting Mayfield as a historic village, but no information… Continue Reading

New routes and app from ESCC

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) now have a page listing circular walks in the county.  There are nearly 40 listed ranging in distance from 1.5 miles to 9 miles. They also have an app which you can download to your smartphone for use with these walks.  I have not yet tried out the app but… Continue Reading

Disappearing stiles

As a lover of the English countryside and all its idiosyncrasies, when a stile disappears I feel sad that the something quintessentially English has vanished. However, as a dog walker, I am often very appreciative if it makes the walk easier when I have one or more dogs with me. The photo shows where there… Continue Reading

Ramblers Big Pathwatch

Yesterday morning I heard about the Big Pathwatch on the Today Programme on Radio 4. I tried to download the app immediately but there was not enough space on my mobile phone and I was confused about logging in or registering (I am not a member of the Ramblers Association but I have registered on… Continue Reading

Development principles

The very first post on this blog set out our long-term aims for this site. Tying in with this are two of our fundamental development principles: – openness – community involvement First of all we want to be open about what we are doing and why. So we published our objectives for 2015 at the… Continue Reading

Sky Rides for all you cyclists

Sky Rides, organised by British Cycling and Team Sky, will be organising rides in Sussex and Kent area. The rides make it fun and easy for groups to get together and ride around the countryside together with ride leaders and points of interest to visit – see the article in the Kent and Sussex Courier for more… Continue Reading

Update – 17 March 2015

Here is a brief report card of progress to date this year. So far the visible progress has been a couple more routes added: 3.5 mile route round Rock’s Wood, Earls Farm and Renhurst Farm 3 mile loop mainly on road round Five Ashes both of which can be accessed from the Walks page and… Continue Reading