A recent flurry of Facebook posts on the Whittlesford Information page suggests that many people are unaware of where to find our village footpaths. The number of people using the Sawston footpath (Footpath 1) during lockdown demonstrates our love of fresh air. Our footpaths do tend to be well used and as ever with community resources this is a case of ‘use them so that we don’t lose them’.
It might be helpful to remind Look readers about our footpaths. The official ones, recorded by Cambridgeshire County Council, are marked on the centrefold map. They are:
- From North Road along The Baulks turning left to Sawston. From the church the path becomes a permissive cycleway. The map also shows a permissive cycleway through the churchyard. All this cycleway forms part of National Cycleway 11, which passes through Whittlesford. It becomes Sawston Footpath 15
- From Whittlesford Mill (the Hamilton Kerr) towards Sawston. It becomes Sawston Footpath 9.
- From Vicarage Lane to Whippletree along the Croat and next to the Millennium Wood.
- From North Road next to Rayner’s Farm to join with Footpath 3.
- From Middlemoor through the allotments to Newton Road.
- From Whippletree opposite the end of West End to Spinney Hill Farm on Newton Road.
- From Hill Farm Road towards Thriplow. A bridleway used by farm traffic. This becomes the Thriplow Drift, Thriplow path 4.
- From Parsonage corner to Royston Road (Chuck-a-Bush Farm).
- From Church Lane to the Baulks joining with Footpath 1.
Many people will know of other places to walk but they are not recorded by the County Council. Then, of course, we have The Lawn, the Newton Road playground, and the open space on the corner of Middlemoor and Newton Road. Plenty of room to get some fresh air. A good place to live.
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