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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 13/07/2020)

The improvement in the weather has provided excellent conditions for walking. Recent experiences compel me to warn that some grazing cattle are becoming more inquisitive and are attracted towards walkers, especially when walkers are accompanied by a dog. Please check if cattle are present when crossing grazing land and if you're in any doubt, avoid using the path. One farmer has recently relocated his cattle to an area away from footpaths after walkers encountered danger from cattle herding around them. Thanks to our farmers for being aware of the issues and taking action to avoid a risk to the safety of walkers. That said, I've also experienced issues from dogs that were not on a lead and some distance from the owner. This is rare and dog owners living in the parish are recognised for keeping their dogs under control and being aware of walkers that are nervous of dogs.

Cosgrove is blessed with two rivers and the Grand Union canal, but since the lockdown to reduce the spread of Coronavirus Covid-19, CRT asked that walkers avoid busy sections of the canal towpath to ensure residents on moored boats are not placed at risk..

During the wet periods we saw a number of footpaths flooded and inaccessible. This has now changed, but walkers are reminded to take care as the ground in places has been left very uneven, especially on bridlepaths or where animals or farm vehicles have been driven while the ground was damp.

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)

E-mail: david.smith@cosgroveparishcouncil.org.uk