JANUARY saw more than 30 walkers launch the Peterstow to Bridstow loop walk.
Local residents joined Peterstow and Bridstow parish councillors and walkers and welcome committee members to celebrate the creation of this new walk.
Two new kissing gates supplied by the group and recently installed by the Can Do Crew of EnviroAbility have added to those provided by the two parish councils to create an easy two-and-a-half mile stile-free walk along the boundaries of the parishes.
In recent weeks the Bridstow Footpath Volunteers have cleared fallen and overhanging branches from one of the footpaths to further improve access, as well as way-marking the whole route.
Using public footpaths and quiet lanes The route takes in some beautiful countryside and panoramic views.
Suitable footwear is essential as the footpath across the Wells Brook can be wet and muddy.
It was so wet underfoot at the launch after the recent storms that a short diversion was required to avoid the brook altogether, but, fortified by the mulled cider thoughtfully provided by Broome Farm, the walkers defied the weather to complete the walk.
On completion many of the walkers enjoyed a splendid Sunday lunch at the Yew Tree Inn.
The walk is easily accessible by bus from Ross with the 32 service stopping at the Yew Tree Caravan Park opposite one of the kissing gates.
Refreshments are available at the Yew Tree Inn (with parking available for patrons) and cream teas available at Broome Farm during the summer months.
This project was funded by a grant from the Sustainable Development Fund of the Wye Valley AONB
The group is grateful for the co-operation received from the various landowners and the parish councils which has enabled the work to be successfully completed.
The project was enabled by advice and assistance from helped by the following partners: Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, rights of way department of Balfour Beatty Living Places and Bridstow Footpath Volunteers.
The Group is looking forward to working with other parish councils in the future to further develop and improve the local footpath network.