West Alvington Parish Council

Public Rights of Way in the Parish

The Parish contains a variety of public footpaths and one byway. There are also some unclassified unsurfaced roads.They are across private land but the public have a right of passage along same which is recorded at Devon CC who maintain a definitive map showing the location and extent.

Owing to copyright laws we are prohibited from reproducing the map here. The Parish Council has obtained a paper copy from D.C.C.and hopes to display it in the Village Hall.

Click here for a diagrammatic map of rights of way within the parish

We provide below a brief guide to the public rights in the Parish.

Footpath Number 1.   Nordern to Redford Lane partly via WA woods. 610 metres
Footpath Number 2.   Wood Lane and through WA woods to Redford Lane. 540 metres
Footpath Number 3.   Town Park entrance (beside Mwitain Road) to Kingsbridge. 330 metres
Footpath Number 4    From Phoenix Place leads beside Homefield. 210 metres
Footpath Number 5.   From Woodhouse Lane to part way up Easton Hill. 300 metres
Footpath Number 6.   From top of Easton Hiil down the green lane to field gate  330 metres
Footpath Number 7.   Continuation of FP6 across fields to join the Kb-Collapit Road 550 metres
Footpath Number 8.   Continuation of FP6 across fields towards Tacketwood. 570 metres
Footpath Number 9.   Continuation of FP6 across land to public road at Easton.  270 metres
Footpath Number 10.  From bottom of Preston Farm lane towards S. Milton 400 metres
Footpath Number 11.  From Youngcombe to Woolston. 840 metres
Footpath Number 12.  From Collapit-Blanksmill Road to Woolston 870 metres
Footpath Number 13.  Beside Hawk House drive towards S. Milton  670 metres
Footpath Number 14.  Tacketwood Bridge beside Estuary to Private Road. 180 metres
Footpath Number 15.  Continuation of FP14 along private road to foreshore. 220 metres
Byway  Number    17.  Leading from road near Blanksmill to creek foreshore. 80 metres

The standard legal position is that hedge banks alongside roads and paths will generally belong to the farmer or landowner who owns the adjoining field or land. In the case of hedges alongside rights of way the farmer or landowner will normally be responsible for cutting back and keeping their hedge maintained so it does not obstruct rights of passage along the road or path. However there can be special cases where the standard position does not apply.

Problems can be caused by a footpath or byway that has been inadvertently or deliberately closed off,  or rendered unusable, or a gate or stile is broken or a path has become overgrown or the signs have been broken off or signs are otherwise missing or unreadable. Or sometimes the surface becomes very muddy or rutted or impassable. 

If you become aware of any issue with any of the rights of way above the Parish Council would appreciate your notifying our Clerk with brief details - or please come to a meeting and let us know. We will be most grateful.

The Parish Council are responsible for reporting any obstruction or issues they become aware of to the landowner and requesting them to take suitable remedial action.  Failing a satisfactory resolution the issue can be notified by us to Devon C.C. They will see what can be achieved with the ultimate sanction that enforcement action can be taken if all other avenues fail.

Please bear in mind that landowners are perfectly within their rights to plough or reseed their land and if they do this the footpath may be temporarily unavailable. A landowner who does this has a 14 day period to reinstate any public footpath across their land to 1 metre in width.

PLEASE sample the footpaths in our parish. But please also respect the countryside. Respect any animals or crops on farmers land. Keep your dog on a lead and remove dog mess. Try to take home any litter - even if you didn't create it. If we all pick up one item of litter a day, especially plastic, it will do wonders for helping the environment which we all benefit from.