It seems we are due another heatwave before this summer is over – so… why not take a stroll around some of Draycott’s many country footpaths now, and enjoy the good weather?
Believe it or not, there are fourteen miles of footpaths in our small district alone!
To help you find a good walk, there is a small and helpful booklet outlining three of the best local walks. Published a few years ago now by the Parish Council, it had been thought that there were no more copies left, but some more have turned up – and are now available behind the bar at The Draycott Arms.
The three walks can also be downloaded at this webpage.
The three walks are not too long: one is round Totmonslow, one round Blythe Marsh, and one round Cresswell. The maps are excellently well-drawn, but, if you want close-up details, it’s best to also have a copy of Ordnance Survey map ‘Explorer 258’.
Just ask at The Arms for a copy of the booklet: it’s called ‘Draycott in The Moors Walks’.
(Incidentally, next-door Milwich Parish have put out a similar booklet too, and some of their walks go through the southern end of Draycott parish. You can get a copy of that booklet at The Green Man pub in Milwich).
And, by the way, if you are a member of group which likes walking in the morning, The Draycott Arms is also offering something a special service called ‘a walker’s breakfast’. If you give the pub a call 48 hours in advance, they will open their doors early just to cook you breakfast! Sounds like a deal…
Maintenance … and problems
As you’d guess, there is quite a degree of maintenance that has to go on to keep the local footpaths and stiles shipshape and accessible.
Because the county council’s Rights Of Way department has been slimmed down so much, it’s now expected that ramblers groups and local parish councils will the department’s eyes and ears. In fact Draycott PC takes that responsibility seriously, surveying the paths round here a lot.
If you want to help in that task, the parish council is looking for volunteers. Or, if you are at the Milwich end of the parish area, you could also ask Milwich PC if you could join their Milwich footpath group.
Stone Ramblers group also undertakes footpath maintenance in Draycott district.
However, you don’t have to join a working party!
If you spot a problem on footpaths, you can simply notify the parish council, or you can report it on the county’s Rights Of Way Report It Online webpage
And we do have occasional problems – even here in little Draycott.
One problem issue that has come up recently is: whatever happened to the disappeared seven stiles and footpath-signs near Paynsley Hall Farm in Cresswell? For over five years, this has been a puzzle. The parish council is looking into it.
(Incidentally, though the signs through Paynsley Hall Farm are not there currently, it is on a route of a great walk between Cresswell and Newton – one that is not on the Draycott booklet – which lets one see our section of the River Blithe properly.)
And there are even some oddities too.
On Cheadle Road, you’ll find the so-called Jacob’s Ladder, a set of steps that take you up the side of the hill.
And, believe it or not, there are three different footpaths in Draycott that take you right through somebody’s garden! We always find it embarassing to use these routes, but some of the owners have told us that they don’t mind at all, so long as walkers are polite, so it must be okay…
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