Shawford Down Bridleway Proposal
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Following a request from Compton and Shawford Parish Council in 2011 to protect an existing, much used but unregistered, footpath that runs from Southdown Road to Shawford Down, the Council has received a proposal from Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Service about the creation of a bridleway at the base of Shawford Down.
Shawford Down is owned by the Hampshire County Council, but there is no registered owner of the section between Shawford Down and Southdown Road. It is proposed that an order should be made by the County Council under Section 26 of the Highways Act 1980 to create bridleway rights over the whole route, as shown as a green dotted line on the attached plan.
The route, which is not currently recorded on the county’s definitive footpath map, has links to other footpaths within the parish. It is variously comprised of a wide gravel track (at the northern end) and an unsurfaced earth path (over the southern part of Shawford Down and running alongside the railway). The proposed bridleway will be of sufficient width to allow the possibility of an upgrade, in the future, for inclusion into a cycle route. (The Countryside Service’s Projects Team is currently exploring options for surface improvements, as part of a wider review of cycling access in the area.)
Links to online maps
- The Hampshire County Council Rights of Way map is here: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/rightsofway
- You may find it easier to use the link in our Local Rights of Way Map web page.
- Our Parish Paths Map shows the path in question in orange.
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