Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

Footpaths and Bridleways

Cuddington is surrounded by open countryside and is well known for its excellent footpaths and bridleways.  Many of these have been planted with trees and bulbs planted by the community.

The footpaths are the responsibility of Cuddington Parish Council, working in close association with Buckinghamshire County Council.

If there are any issues with Cuddington footpaths, please contact
  - Ken Birkby by email: ken@vivsemmens.force9.co.uk or
  - Charles Sanderson by email: charles.sanderson7@gmail.com or us.

For footpaths outside Cuddington in Bucks use
  - www.transportforbucks.net/report-it-prow.aspx

If any difficulties, contact us by email: marsh@rosetree40.plus.com

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Midsummer Sunrise Walk

A tawny owl was hooting loudly as twenty villagers gathered at 4am on the Lower Green for this year’s Sunrise Walk.

No torches were needed as the sky was already lightening.   By the time the Observatory at Upper Winchendon was reached, the sun was blazing away above the horizon. The views all around were magnificent and the coffee break in the warm sunshine lasted much longer than usual!

Midsummer 2018 was well and truly celebrated!

Angela Wenham   Photos: Paul Ridout

Reproduced from the July 2018 edition of Village Voice with the kind permission of the Editors. 

 

Bluebells are Out! Go and Enjoy!!

As those of you who have walked this weekend just gone will have noticed, the bluebells have come out in just a week – we saw masses in the woods above Fingest in Oxfordshire.

A great place to see them is Christmas Common and there are free walks in the Chilterns to download from the Chiltern Society – but do please consider supporting them as the Chilterns are our priceless asset.

Also you can walk from Watlington Hill to see them – just Google National Trust and Bluebells.

 

Sheep Worrying

National Sheep Association (NSA) and all its farmer-members want everyone to share in the iconic landscapes and beautiful countryside that sheep farming in the UK has played an integral role is creating and maintaining.

Farmers appreciate lots of people like their dog to enjoy the countryside with them, but since much of the UK’s rural landscape is maintained by grazing sheep there is always a strong chance you will encounter some while out with your dog.

This advice will help you and your pet have fun and safe days out without disrupting the important work of sheep farmers.  You should also read this advice if you are a dog owner living in or near a farming area, as escaped dogs can be a real problem for farmers.

Sheep are valuable assets and any harm to them harms a farmer’s livelihood.

It is every dog’s instinct to chase, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals.

Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn’t catch them.  The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

Sheep fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, causing untold damage to fences and field boundaries in the process.

Dogs chasing ewes and lambs can cause mis-mothering issues, with lambs dying from starvation or hypothermia when they become separated from their mother and fail to find her again.

Dog bites can cause death in sheep or necessitate them being put down at a later date, or in less severe cases considerable veterinary bills and additional welfare issues as a result of flies being attracted to the blood and leading to a nasty health problem in sheep called ‘fly strike’.  Injuries to sheep can also delay the normal farming routine, be it the mating season or administration of vital medicines and vaccines.

It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep.  Worrying includes attacking or chasing sheep and, in some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep.

It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call.  If you live in or near a farming area, you must make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property, as it may find its way onto land containing sheep.

Sue Jones
Police Community Support Officer C9830

New Born Lambs 

Spring is Here so Get Walking!

New born lambs are in the fields, along the River Thame; saw a yellow brimstone butterfly in Holly Tree Lane today; wild primroses abound and lots of birdsong! 

So dust off your walking boots and walk with a spring in your step to see all these and more delights!

Contact us if you want any advice on walks. 

Happy walking!

Alan and Stella Marsh

marsh@rosetree40.plus.com

Extract from Footpaths Map 

Footpaths Map

Download a detailed map showing all the local footpaths and bridleways.  The map covers the villages of Cuddington, Nether Winchendon, Chearsley and Dinton and is available in two formats.

Two A4 pages

Single A3 page

 

Walks in or near Cuddington

For some ideas for walks nearby, visit the Walk 4 Life “Search for a walk” page.

Also, please don’t forget to let us know of any footpath problems!

Happy walking

Alan and Stella Marsh

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Public Footpath Route to Donkey Meadow

The path alongside the hedge in Donkey Meadow has now become a Public Footpath, but to access it from Cuddington, walkers should not use the open gateway just this side of Nether Winchendon Mill (Photo 1).  The correct route is to use the stile in Photo 2, walk past the Mill, follow the path through the farm buildings to the rear of the house (Photo 3) and then turn right.  There is a stile by the gate into Donkey Meadow (Photo 4).

Nether Winchendon Parish Meeting/Bucks County Council will be putting up signs to this effect in the near future.

Angela Sanderson

Footpaths and Wildlife Strips: an important request for action by walkers and riders

Cuddington is blessed with many footpaths that enable us to access the beautiful countryside which surrounds the village, almost all of which is privately-owned. I say 'blessed', because having the right in law to use routes that penetrate every corner of England and Wales is unique in the World and a very great privilege. Many, but not all, land owners would prefer it if these rights of way did not exist as:

  • They have a duty to keep them open and to mark the routes across cultivated land.
  • Footpaths are perceived as invading their domains (occasionally quite dramatically, as in the case of Cuddington Mill).
  • People using the footpaths do not always act considerately or responsibly.

My experience locally is that people are pretty well-behaved in not dropping litter or leaving gates open. We do, however, feel that we are at liberty to wander off the legitimate rights-of-way at will, and this has become a problem.

We are very fortunate that the arable fields to the north of Cuddington are managed by Waddesdon Estates as they are sympathetic to walkers and have Level 1 Environmental Stewardship status, which means that they encourage wildlife. They are also a very responsible land owner and manager and do try to do things properly, engaging with local communities where issues arise. The Waddesdon Farms Manager contacted your Parish Council saying that a problem was developing with people walking and riding on the wildlife strips that surround some of their fields, rather than using footpaths. We have now discussed this with him and agree that something needs to be done on both sides.

Wildlife, or conservation strips are developed around the edges of arable fields as reservoirs for wild flowers, insects and other wildlife. They are a major component of Environmental Stewardship that is intended to provide space for non-agricultural plants and animals to prosper, supporting biodiversity in the area. We have seen the benefit of this in the bee orchids that have started appearing on the footpath down to Winchendon Mill and in increased numbers and species of butterflies. If people regularly access these areas on foot, horse, cycle or vehicle, the soil becomes compacted, plants are crushed and wildlife is disturbed and it is damaging!

The strips around two fields in the Cuddington vicinity are being used so that compaction is becoming a problem:

  • The field to the north of the 'muddy track' from Frog Lane to Ridgebarn Farm. There is a footpath that runs west-east through the middle of the field, but the wildlife strip around the top of the field is being accessed regularly instead.
  • The field to the east of the sealed track from the Upper Green down to Nether Winchendon where people are cutting across the bottom of it to join the footpath that goes up to the little duck pond.

Waddesdon have asked that this stops, and that people try to stick to the footpaths. We pointed out that the footpath route across the first of these fields is not always marked well, and that it can be very muddy in wet weather. The Farms Manager has undertaken to make sure the footpaths across arable fields are clearly marked and will also install signs alerting people to the importance of not trespassing on the wildlife strips. The Estate will run a vehicle over the routes but are not prepared to undertake further compaction of the soil, but it should be pointed out that, if the footpath is used by everyone instead of the strips, it will become compacted by the many feet, as is happening to the strips.

Your cooperation and adherence to this request will be much appreciated, and will contribute to a richer countryside around our village.

Doug Kennedy
Cuddington Footpaths Working Group

Know Your Landscape – Cuddington

Inspired by a recent Radio 4 Start the Week podcast, I have decided to start to get to know my landscape at Cuddington better by looking on my walks at:

  • how it folds and undulates
  • what is growing or not
  • what is in the sky
  • the buildings that punctuate the landscape
  • how it feels to be out in it at different points and times of day and seasons and weather

Knowing your landscape will give you a deeper appreciation of your surroundings and therefore a deeper pleasure in them.

You can walk across the hills, along your street, or onto the concrete path going down to Nether Winchendon. 

Enjoy your walking and knowing your landscape.

Alan Marsh

alan@rosetree40.plus.com

 

Outer Aylesbury Ring

The Outer Aylesbury Ring (OAR) is a new Long Distance Footpath of 53 miles (85 km) centred on Aylesbury that has been devised by Aylesbury and District Ramblers to show local people and visitors the beauty of the countryside that we know and love.  This attractive route showcases the countryside and villages of the Vale of Aylesbury and the edge of the Chiltern Hills escarpment with many high points featuring panoramic views.   Walking provides fresh air, exercise, relaxation and a break from the pressures of modern life that we all need.  We believe that protection of the countryside is enhanced if people experience, enjoy and value it.

Details are attached as follows:

- Introduction

- Full details

- Ashendon to Chearsley (4.2km 2.6miles)

- Chearsley to Aston Sandford(7km 4.4miles)

Happy rambling

Alan and Stella

 

Village Voice footpaths article

The footpaths of Cuddington – its glory!

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”  ~ Thoreau

We are very blessed in Cuddington with a variety of footpaths and bridleways.  We are sure that many of you enjoy them.  There are short and long walks for all ages which can continue into Chearsley, the Winchendons, Haddenham etc. Please contact us if you want any ideas for walks or look at the new Village website where there is a map and where we will post some ideas for walks and ask for yours. The footpaths and bridleways need to be regularly maintained – this is the responsibility of Bucks County Council and the landowners. As footpath checkers for the Ramblers’ Association, we have recently walked all the footpaths in Cuddington and Nether Winchendon and reported the problems to Bucks CC. They should be listed with the impending actions on the relevant website by the time you read this – we hope! - see article below for details and links. The Parish Council have been very helpful over the years and have also recently addressed some footpath issues – see their minutes. Please let us know of any problems you encounter and we can ensure they are reported to Bucks CC for action and co-ordinated on village basis.  As some of you do already, it is quite handy to carry a pair of secateurs to cut any minor growth or stamp it down as appropriate.    

Walking:  the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.  ~Carrie Latet

Happy walking

Alan and Stella Marsh  292466