Trouble at Northend

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.

Turville bridleway 1A from the north

Turville bridleway 1A from the north

Turville bridleway 1A looking south

Turville bridleway 1A looking north

 

 

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.

FP24A def map with frame

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.

Footpath 24A in January 2015, looking north-east towards the houses

Footpath 24A in January 2015, looking north-east towards 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.

Footpath 24A, fenced off line

Footpath 24A, fenced off line, looking north-east

Footpath 24A looking south-west, the true line is to the right of the fence

Footpath 24A looking south-west, the true line is to the right of the fence

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strangely their own footpath signs point in the right direction.

web sign

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.

The stable footings

The stable footings

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.

web safety sign

At the front of Brackendale, where a new house is being built, there is another mess, on the registered common.

Mess on the common

Mess on the 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.

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About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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2 Responses to Trouble at Northend

  1. Sandra Rooney says:

    I wondered what they were up to here last time I led a walk taking in this path. I will never understand why people who are lucky enough to be able afford to live in such beautiful countryside then completely spoil it. More money than sense comes to mind!

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