It’s good to have some positive news to report. Two cross-field footpaths which had disappeared following agricultural cultivation have now been re-instated. This followed a request to the farmer who then acted very promptly to mark the route of the paths on the ground. The paths in question are Footpath 23, which strikes out towards Oxborough from beyond Shingham; and the northern section of Footpath 10 which runs from The Lodge back towards Beachamwell.
Note: It is a legal requirement to make good rights of way following cultivation.
You must not cultivate (eg plough) footpaths or bridleways that follow a field edge.
The minimum width you need to keep undisturbed is:
♦ 1.5 metres for a field edge footpath
♦ 3 metres for a field edge bridleway
You should avoid cultivating a cross-field footpath or bridleway. If you have to cultivate make sure the footpath or bridleway:
♦ remains apparent on the ground to at least the minimum width of 1 metre for a footpath or 2 metres for a bridleway, and is not obstructed by crops
♦ is restored to at least the minimum width so that it’s reasonably convenient to use within
› 14 days of first being cultivated for that crop
› 24 hours of any subsequent cultivation, unless a longer period has been agreed in advance in writing by the highway authority