The Pilsgate path: our new right of way

We are fortunate in having numerous footpaths connecting our local villages, but until now there has been no direct off-road route between Pilsgate and Stamford. At the instigation of Barnack Parish Council, Burghley House Preservation Trust has generously agreed to a new right of way, enabling people to avoid the notoriously dangerous B1443 on Pilsgate Hill. The new path will lie in field margins, screened from the traffic by walls and hedgerows. It will be surfaced to make it suitable for cyclists and wheelchair users, as well as walkers. Construction work started in September and will take about a month.

The initiative was backed by Bainton and Ashton, Ufford and Helpston Parish Councils, as well as the Ramblers’ Association and the Cycling Forum. Ringway Infrastructure Services and Stamford Stone have donated materials and labour for the project and Natural England has provided a grant under its Paths for Communities Scheme, as part of the Rural Development Programme for England. Community Payback is also helping by providing labour.

The new route will be officially opened on the afternoon of Friday 25th October, when about 100 children from Barnack Primary School will walk down the hill from Pilsgate, to visit Burghley Park. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration, on foot or on a bicycle – it’s less than a mile in each direction.

The new route will form an important link in the footpath network, as shown on the sketch map. Click on the image above to see a larger view.

Margaret Palmer, Barnack Parish Council, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .