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Parish path warden

Explore Cosgrove’s Public Footpaths, Bridleways and Canal Tow Paths.

If you find a problem please report it to the Parish Path Warden, who will advise how to raise it with the Rights of Way officer for our area. He will attempt to visit the problem area within a few days and determine the severity of the issue. He also likes to know when you’ve enjoyed a walk through the parish and seen anything of interest.

Photographs of village sites can also be viewed on our CosgroveVillage Facebook site.

Cosgrove Parish Footpaths & Rights of Way (Updated 22/01/2021)

As we progress through January, heavy rain has made our footpaths and bridleways very wet and difficult to walk. Paths in the flood plane are under water, so impossible to walk at present, but if it remains dry for a few days, the flood should drain providing a manageable route. Paths over higher ground are draining, so with the appropriate footwear, you can still get out and enjoy our marvellous countryside. Mornings where it has been a frost are ideal for walking through the countryside, with care it's better under foot until the sun thaws the surface.

While in lockdown, it's ideal to exercise by walking in the countryside, where social distancing is far easier to maintain. Recently, I've met a few people that have settled in Cosgrove recently and it's been great to hear how much they enjoy living here and how they look forward to the better weather when they can explore our network of bridleways and footpaths. In the parish of Cosgrove, many of our footpaths link, providing options for circular walks. In normal times, these paths provide us with the opportunity to arrive at the Barley Mow or the Navigation for lunchtime or evening refreshment.   

If out dog walking, you are reminded of your responsibility to pick up after your dog. Bins are provided throughout the village, with specific red dog poo bins placed where dogs are walked regularly. Please remember that all our paths are walked by others and they want to enjoy their walk without having to watch out for dog mess, as nobody wants to tread in it. This applies in fields too, as all our footpaths cross privately owned land and many will be used for grazing when the Spring comes. Our farmers appreciate walkers that keep to the footpaths and dog walkers that don't put their cattle at risk of disease from eating excrement. 

Walking our Rights of Way provides us with many different views of our countryside, as well as the chance to see wildlife not seen in built up areas. Many of our footpaths take you to remote areas of the parish, so always let someone know where you intend to walk and take your mobile phone with you.

Don’t be put off getting out there though, as our footpaths are safe and problems are extremely rare.

Improvements in the parish over the past few years have provided improved access to the countryside for everyone. Installation of kissing gates and removal of stiles make it easier for people with reduced mobility to access footpaths. These improvements are made by Rights of Way at Northamptonshire County Council, so considering the difficult situation for the council, we have been well supported.

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and helps improve our general health, so even if it’s just a stroll around the village, you can be assured that it will make you feel good and help you relax.

David A. Smith (Cosgrove Parish Path Warden)