Turville bridleway 1A feels like an ancient path. It runs north-south along the county boundary between Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It used to be hedged on both sides, but the hedges have long since gone and are remembered in a single oak-tree half-way along the route.
You can take a short cut up to Northend Common by using Turville footpath 24A which runs in a north-east direction from the bridleway.
The footpath enters a smaller field north of Home Farm. It runs straight across here to the backs of the houses which border the common and then passes between Brackendale to the left and Barnfield to the right. Until recently the path was unfenced all the way to the houses.
Sadly, this has all changed. The owners of the field, have decided to fence in the path, but in doing so they appear to have obstructed it. The path should be a straight line, but the double fencing takes it in a curve and restricts its width to only 1.5 metres which is inadequate. I have reported it to Bucks County Council here.
Strangely their own footpath signs point in the right direction.
They began to build a stable block to the north-east of the path, but work stopped when they discovered they needed planning permission, for which they have now applied.
They also applied for a manège to the south-west of the path but withdrew this in the face of numerous objections.
However, there is plenty of opposition to the stable block from local people and from Turville Parish Council, the Open Spaces Society and the Ramblers. It would be an eyesore when seen from the footpath and from bridleway 1A. The lovely open field is now a mess, with misspelt notices making it look like a building-site.
At the front of Brackendale, where a new house is being built, there is another mess, on the registered common.
There are many who hope that the stable block is rejected. Landowners who live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty should realise that they should keep it that way.