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Attractive public route now more negotiable for walkers

Before and after shots at the footpath. Pictures: submitted by Kate Ashbrook

Before and after shots at the footpath. Pictures: submitted by Kate Ashbrook

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Conservationists have welcomed the replacement of difficult to negotiate stiles with gates at a public footpath.

Before and after shots at the footpath. Pictures: submitted by Kate AshbrookBefore and after shots at the footpath. Pictures: submitted by Kate Ashbrook

The Open Spaces Society said the stiles at the Buxton with Lamas footpath, near Aylsham, were in appalling condition, and had not been authorised under the Highways Act.

The path follows the River Bure to the east of Buxton and is about two and a half miles long. The work was carried out by Norfolk County Council after Roy Wheeler, a member of the national conservation body, flagged it up.

Society member Ian Witham said: “We are relieved the work has been done. The four stiles, which were in various states of disrepair but were all difficult and potentially dangerous, must have deterred people from enjoying this attractive route.

“We are grateful to Roy for pursuing this matter; it demonstrates that it is vital that local people keep a close watch on their paths.”

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