What defines a good path for you?

Natural England has commissioned the Oxfordshire County Council, Systeme D and the University of Oxford to undertake a project to understand the most important qualities that define a good path (e.g. footpaths, bridleways, byways) for different types of uses. As part of this project, they are conducting a survey to collect feedback from user groups across England to identify the top quality metrics for different use types. The results will be openly available and published on greenspacehack.com/.

The survey comprises of 7 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete:


Saving Swallows

Nancy (one of our members) was shocked to find that one of the two swallows nesting in her barn had become tangled and died in a loop of binder twine which was included in the nest.

Perhaps due to the dry spring, not enough mud was foundfor nest building.

So the message is, please collect and put away all the odd bits of twine from hay bales.

Swallows nesting in stables are precious to us.

A fabulous place to stay on Exmoor (with your horse).

Wintershead is a group of holiday cottages converted from a traditional Exmoor farm set in stunning countryside just south of Simonsbath. I first visited when the owners kindly allowed the Seavington Pony Club Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition teams to pitch their tents in the garden and stable their horses in the three traditional stables which they let out with the cottages.

I always promised myself I would return and stay and last weekend I did. The setting was as spectacular as I remembered and the cottage a delight right down to the equine reading material in the magazine rack.   If you are looking for a base to take your horse to ride the network of bridleways on  Exmoor I can recommend a look at their website .