Lost footpaths reopened

That’s the stile: David Wright (second l.) and members of Stone Ramblers Working Party at the new footpath in Fulford
That’s the stile: David Wright (second l.) and members of Stone Ramblers Working Party at the new footpath in Fulford

It’s taken 34 years, but the village of Fulford has now got two footpaths back. Footpaths 14 and 17 at the junction of Meadow Lane and Saverley Green Road have recently been reopened as a result of Staffordshire County Council Rights of Way Department and Stone Ramblers Footpath Working Party keeping the pressure up.

In the mid 1970s, when planning permission was granted for an agricultural bungalow to be built on Meadow Lane, no consideration was taken for the two footpaths which ran across the plot. As a result, the path routes were lost, with no diversion provided and the paths were blocked by a barbed wire fence.

Only when the corner plot of agricultural land was sold off last year did the opportunity arise to reopen the paths. Old agricultural buildings that had been erected across the route were removed and with the co-operation of the new landowner, Mr Ball, the opportunity arose to reopen the routes. Three new wicket gates plus two sleeper bridges have been installed by Staffs County Council and Stone Ramblers Working Party.

The route is now clearly marked and you can take a very pleasant short circular route from Meadow Lane across into the fields of Mr Nash of Fulford Hall, past the church and back around to the Shoulder of Mutton for some well-earned refreshment.

In case of queries, please contact David Wright, Vice Chair Stone Ramblers at david@wrights353.plus.com