In England and Wales a public footpath is a path on which the public have a legally protected right to travel on foot. Most footpaths in the countryside are probably hundreds of years old. The majority of footpaths are shown on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 maps. We are very fortunate to have a good selection of varied local footpaths around the Parish of Wellington Heath (see map here) and even more so to have willing volunteers who help manage and maintain them.
Our Wellington Heath Parish Footpath Officer is Jenny Hough. She, and the volunteer Footpath Maintenance Team, work to maintain our Parish’s Public Rights Of Way and footpaths.
Jenny aims to walk the footpaths as regularly as possible, frequently armed with trusty secateurs and ably assisted by her husband Keith and Deputy PFO Gilpin (the dog). She keeps an eye out for encroaching undergrowth, faded Waymarkers and any structures needing care and attention.
She is well supported by a small group of volunteers from the village who don thick gloves and come armed with various tools to clear brambles, nettles, shrubs and trees. If you are interested in volunteering with the Footpath Maintenance Team please contact Jenny.
If you have footpath issues that you would like to report – then please contact Jenny via the Wellington Heath Noticeboard on Facebook, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07975 909254.
Alternatively you can contact Mary Barnett the Parish Council Clerk via email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01531 635103.
Herefordshire Council (like all County Councils) are legally required to provide the “Highways and public rights of way Map” for their County. This is now online and interactive, you can find this by clicking here.
(To find a location on the map just enter a Postcode or Village name in the search box and then select it from the pull-down list).