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The Ashton Footpath Volunteer Team (aka The Chain Gang)

Chain Gang Report Christmas 2015

ASHTON is surrounded by beautiful countryside and we are lucky to have over 27 miles of public footpaths and bridleways across the parish. That’s enough to run a Marathon with something to spare. In addition to these historic rights of way, there are some ‘permissive paths’ where local landowners have allowed further access. The public footpaths are monitored by Worcestershire County Council, especially the Wychavon Way that runs from Droitwich to Broadway, passing through Ashton. While it is formally the landowner’s responsibility to maintain the rights of way there are a group of village volunteers who work to keep the footpaths in good condition for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

Following on from the great work done by Joe Aspey in establishing a footpath team over ten years ago, there are now two Parish Footpath Wardens, Leo Enright and Paul Rowley, who work with the Council and landowners to prioritise work and obtain materials. They are supported by a team of Ashton volunteers: Martin Blakeman, Martin Everett, Justin Harber, David Hunter, Frank Moore, Simon Sellick and Rob Smith . The team is led by John Kenrick. They meet on the second Saturday every month and recently cleared the overgrown path through the gorse in the field beyond Wood Lane. Earlier in the year steps were created to improve the path from Gorse Hill to Chandlers End.

As well as some healthy exercise, there is always good banter, hot coffee and chocolate biscuits so if you are interested in joining the team (even for just a few gatherings over the year) you will be made very welcome. For further details, or simply to report a problem with any of our footpaths, please email: ashton.path.wardens@gmail.com