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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 26/03/2021)

As we put the clocks forward this weekend, there is now plenty of daylight to get out for a walk. As the weather improves, our rural paths are now in much better condition than they've been for some time, following a wet winter.

Nature is waking up and you're now likely to hear the sound of Woodpeckers tapping into a tree, a pheasant emerging from the undergrowth or as a lucky dog walker told me last week, spot a pair of Otters on the River Tove. We had passed, as we walked in opposite directions near the river, but we'd not seen them. An hour later, we were back in the village and met again, where they told us the news on the Otters. I shall be returning with a keen eye, hoping to satisfy my ambition to see Otters in our Parish. I hope that when I update this next time, I'm sharing news of a sighting, fingers crossed. 

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 recently settled in Cosgrove and it's been great to hear how much they enjoy living here. Like all of us, they look forward to exploring 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 cattle and sheep. Our farmers appreciate walkers that keep to the footpaths and dog walkers that keep their pets under control, especially near grazing animals. Please don't put their cattle at risk of disease from eating excrement, do your best to pick up after your dog. If cattle are attracted to dog walkers, the NFU advise to release the dog and allow it to escape to safety. Cattle are less likely to crowd humans, when the dog is set free, but always be aware of their curiosity and behaviour. 

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)