Bulkington Footpath Survey: Jan/Feb 2016


Compiled in conjunction with OS Explorer Map 143 and
Wiltshire Council’s definitive map -
Public Rights of Way in Bulkington


Signposted in The Close westwards towards Keevil –  the path has two kissing gates, one wooden,
one galvanized metal, both in good order. The 200m path through grass is easily
walked and leads to a bridge over Semington Brook in Keevil Parish. No


BULK 1 : A byway (open to all vehicles) through a galvanized gate opposite Manor Farm, the path
is initially muddy then a better grass surface. The path skirts the western
edge of the churchyard and the back gardens of Chestnut Drive. A five-barred
gate has to be opened before the byway becomes concrete then tarmac. A second
gate is attached to a barn. The path continues at the back of houses in High
Street before turning back to the road between houses No. 27and 30A.  No problems.


BULK 2 : Clearly sign-posted, this bridleway heads north between houses No. 27 and 30A towards
Seend Bridge Piggery. A wide, grassy path. No problems. The sign is leaning and
needs attention.


BULK 3 : After c.500m BULK 2 becomes BULK 3 at a field boundary with open access for farm
machinery. The field showed the remains of a crop of corn in January 2016. BULK
3, c.800m in length, follows the hedge line (as it does on the map), and
requires walkers to make a small, 25m detour to reach it. A strip of grass
along the hedge line has been left to walk on. It’s uneven but passable. A stile
in reasonable condition leads to the next field of grass. Another similar stile
takes the path outside the eastern hedge line of SBP towards a small bridge
over a field drain and another stile before becoming the main access drive of
SBP. All three stiles are in reasonable condition, usable and not unsafe. In
another 50m the path reaches the Seend-Worton road through an unlocked
five-barred gate secured with a throw-over loop. There is a footpath sign on
the far roadside indicating public access.


BULK 4 : Signposted at the north eastern edge of the village White Horse Trail heads
east for c.1 km across three fields. The first roadside stile is secure and
accessible. Just inside the first field across the path is a temporary,
electric stock fence. The second field contained the remains of a crop of corn
and the path had disappeared as a result of ploughing and cultivation. The
third field returned to  grass. The four
stiles on BULK  4 are secure and in good
condition. Drains have been bridged with solid materials. Care must be
exercised when leaving BULK 4 onto the Worton Road. Traffic is fast and
visibility towards Worton restricted.


BULK 5 and BULK 5A: are accessed through a rusty, five barred gate opposite Home Farm between
Keepers and Home Farm Cottage. The first 50m of BULK 5 is an easily walked,
wide, grassy surface. On entering the first field however, BULK 5 and BULK 5A
(its shortcut to BULK 6) largely disappear because of crop cultivation. The
crop has been grown almost up to the hedge line of the playing field. It is
just possible to follow BULK 5 close to the hedgeline southwards to the stile
on Wick Leaze Lane.


BULK 6 : Near Black Cross this path is accessed via an unlocked, galvanized five-barred gate
just south of the bungalow of Leaze Farm. Approximately 1km. long this path
heads eastwards across five fields to a galvanized kissing gate at a T-junction
with BULK 5 beyond which is c.100m of BULK 6 leading to the pumping station.
From Leaze Farm the the first four fields are grass. The path is clear because
of regular use. The connecting stiles are all secure. The fifth field east of
the playing field hedge has been used for corn. Although muddy because of
ploughing, BULK 6 remains clear because of regular use. BULK 5 and BULK 5A
however, have largely disappeared from this field.


Near Black Cross and opposite the galvanised gate mentioned
above, a short section of BULK 6 heads eastwards across a field of grass
towards Worton. The access stile is in good condition.


BULK 7 – does not exist


BULK 8: – entrance is via a stile near the bottom of Mill Lane. This unclear path crosses the
remains of  a wheat crop before reaching
a large double stile in the northwest corner of the field. Some dogwalkers may
find this stile something of a barrier. The next two fields are of grass and
the path is clearer to its junction with BULK 6.


BULK 9: – follows the south bank of Semington Brook southeastwards to Mill Green. The entrance
just south of the Brasspan Bridge and exit at Mill Green are via galvanised
kissing gates. The path is clear and well used.


BULK 10: – is a path leading southwards off BULK 9 approximately 100m from the kissing gate
south of the Brasspan Bridge. Bulk 10 crosses the remains of crops of wheat and
corn and has been extensively ploughed. The stiles in the hedges however, are
well maintained and very sturdy. At its southern end BULK 10 intersects the
Fulwood Lane bridleway, a wide, grassy, easily walked track connecting Fulwood
Green and Mill Green.


BULK 11: – the Bulkington Drove heads due south from Gaston Green Farm at the southern end of
Wick Leaze Lane to Fulwood Green. The Drove follows the east bank of a stream
and is a wide, easily-walked, grassy track.


BULK 12: – the Fulwood Lane bridleway – see above.


BULK 13 : This byway is c.1km. in length and heads south from the Worton Road. It is an all
weather track suitable for most vehicles. (A large amount of rubbish has been
dumped near the main road). After c. 500m BULK 8A leaves BULK 13 via a
refurbished stile to cross a single field to another stile on Mill Lane
opposite Leaze Farm. This field had been used for corn and the path wasn’t
visible. BULK 13 continues for another 500m to its junction with Mill Lane at
Black Cross.


BULK 14: – is a short south-westerly continuation of BULK 11 across the parish boundary.
Walkers may cross the concrete bridge and continue walking on an officially
realigned bridleway around the boundary of Oxen Leaze Farm.


General Comments:


1). Anyone experiencing any problems with public footpaths
or stiles in Bulkington are asked to contact the parish council.


2). For further information on the use and maintenance of
public rights of way please refer to The Countryside Code and the Countryside
and Rights of Way Act 2000.


3). Please see the accompanying set of photographs.

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