Footpaths and Maps around Morchard Bishop
With over 40 footpaths, Morchard Bishop has one the highest number of public footpaths of any Parish in Devon. The walks available are very varied in length, difficulty and vistas.
The Parish Paths Partnerships Scheme (P3 for short) is an initiative to ensure that the entire rights of way network is legally defined, properly maintained and well publicised. It has the support of the National Association of Local Councils and is government funded. The Devon County Council was one of the first fifteen Highway Authorities to participate in this scheme, which encourages community involvement and enjoyment of public rights of way. Devon County Council is working in partnership with Parish/Town Councils, landowners and local voluntary groups. The main aim is to improve the condition of the local rights of way and keep them open and used properly.Parish/Town Councils in the scheme receive a grant to undertake rights of way work.
The grant, paid by Devon County Council, covers three elements –
i) The mileage, based on the length of rights of way in theParish
ii) Special projects, and
iii) Administrative costs.
Path condition survey and inspection
Each year before the Parish/Town Council receives its annual grant it organises a survey –
This is an assessment of the condition of the rights of way, in order to find out what work needs to be done.
The survey provides the information necessary for calculation of the grant payment.
Developments and improvements – upgrading and re-opening paths by undertaking practical work such as vegetation clearance, repairing stiles and waymarking, in consultation with farmers and landowners;
Events – helping people to feel confident about using the network by organising, for example, guided walks and rights of way days;
Publicity and promotion – letting people know about the availability of the rights of way network through, for example, leaflets or map boards. This is a final stage, reflecting the improved condition of the path network.
The Parish Paths Liaison Officer operates the scheme – the Morchard Bishop Parish P3 Officer is Sonja Andrews.
Sonja organises regular walka which are advertised in The Morchard Messenger. The walks are leisurely and for all ability levels. They are a fantasitic way of getting to know your local areas, the beauty that is the Devon countryside – and also your walking companions. The walks will be publicised in the Morchard Messenger and the accompanying hand drawn maps are available can be downloaded from this web site.
Those wishing to join an enthusiastic small group walking some of the paths mostly on a weekly basis, should contact Sonja Andrews on 01363 877216 or Christine Davies on 01363 877690.
To go to the Walking Maps click here
To go to the Parish Ordnance Survey Map click here
The Devon County Council web section on Public Rights of Way can be accessed by clicking here.
An excellent interactive footpaths GIS (Geographic Information System) map for Devon can be accessed clicking here.
You can zoom into any area of Devon to see the local footpaths and bridleways.