Please find a list of paths in the parish below:
|Path No.||Route||App. Length Km (miles)|
|1||St Swithin's to Road South East of Diddies||0.72 (0.45)|
|2||North of St Swithin's to South of Cross Lanes||0.44 (0.27)|
|3||Road South of Launcells to Road A3072||0.64 (0.40)|
|4||Road East of Ossington to Road West of Anderton||0.28 (0.17)|
|5||Land at Thorne Farm to Buttsbear||0.28 (0.17)|
|6||Hobbacott Farm to Road North of Hobbacott Down||0.96 (0.60)|
New Leigh to Norton Wood South West of Norton Barton
|8||Norton Barton to Hersham||0.92 (0.57)|
|9||Morton Pound Farm to Magses||0.20 (0.12)|
|10||Land at Anderton to Old Canal||0.20 (0.12)|
|11||Moreton Mill to Road East of Lower Pigsdon||1.20 (0.75)|
|12||St Swithin's to Road North of Underwood||0.20 (0.12)|
|Total distance:||6.64 (4.13)|
Towards the end of 2012 Dave Richardson became the parish Footpath Co-ordinator and has carried out a detailed survey of the Public Rights of Way (PRoW) in the parish.
By way of introduction - Dave wrote the following piece which was published in the September Parish Magazine:
No, not the strip of tarmac between a road and someone's front garden. Far
more interesting are the footpaths, or Public Rights of Way, that can lead you away
from the noise and dangers of traffic and out on adventures of discovery around our
In addition to the job of cutting back the vegetation in key areas of the
footpaths, I have agreed to advise your Parish Council of any problems with the
footpaths – missing signs, broken gates and stiles, obstructions, including fences,
ploughing and cropping, and any other dangers to public access. I have already
provided them with a comprehensive report together with some suggestions for
improving the footpath network.
Enough about me and my aspirations, what about our footpaths? In the Parish
of Launcells there are 12 Public Footpaths, totalling just over 4 miles (6.6 km). One
path leads into Bude-Stratton, the other paths are entirely within the parish. There
are no Bridleways in Launcells. None of the footpaths we have today have their roots
in the depths of ancient history – I cannot find any of them shown on the Tithe Map
of 1840 – the early OS Maps show some, but the point at which they became legal
Public Rights of Way was the registration by the Parish Council in 1955. Why only
some routes and only parts of others were registered is lost in time.
Sadly, only 7 of our footpaths provide meaningful walks, another one is a
dead-end, and the other 4 do not have any public access to them. Cornwall Council
have classified all footpaths (based on estimated usage and strategic location) as
Gold, Silver or Bronze. Of the 7 accessible paths, 5 are Gold, and one each Silver and
Bronze. Our longest path is three quarters of a mile (1.2 Km) and the shortest is just
over 200 yards (0.2 Km) long.
I'm sure that although many of you will have sampled the delights of our
footpaths over the years, there also must be a good number of parishioners who may
not even be aware of some of the paths – very few have signposts!
I would like to set you a challenge. Over the coming months (Autumn and
Winter can still be fine for a good walk), re-visit or try out the paths with a view to
discovering 'something new'. It could be anything: a new gate (or a broken stile),
ploughed fields and different crops, unusual flowers or plants, birds (or if you are
lucky, some wildlife), a view, an interesting cloud formation, or even a rainbow. Let
me (or the Editor) know and we can pass your 'discoveries' on to others in the Parish.
Perhaps we could add any pictures to the 'Gallery' on the new Parish Website?
Subject to the editorial space, the first Challenge is to be found elsewhere in this
With help from the Parish Council, I hope we can open up and use much more of
the parish countryside for our enjoyment.
Click here for a summary of the inital footpath findings.
** Please click here to find FP Number 12 - St Swithin's to Launcells Barton **