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FALFIELD - Pale brown or fallow open land'. Old English fecal + field.
Taken from A Dictionary of Place-Names Oxford University Press, © A.D. Mills 1998.

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Falfield is lucky to have a number of footpaths that criss cross the village from east to west and north to south. Many of the footpaths are in good condition and passable. In recent years new stiles and finger posts have been erected by South Gloucestershire Council.


For the rambler wishing to walk any of the village footpaths it is recommended that they purchase the Ordnance Survey Pathfinder Series map (sheet No: ST 69/79) entitled Dursley and Wotton under Edge which gives full details all the footpaths which run through the village.

More information on footpaths that run through the parish can be obtained from the Outdoors website



Bikes, wheelchairs and pushchairs

There is no right to cycle along public footpaths. You may take a wheelchair or a pushchair along any public right of way, although it may not be practical to do so

Dogs

It is accepted that dogs can be taken along a public right of way, but you must keep it on a lead or otherwise under close control, and on the path, especially in the presence of stock. Note that a landowner has the right, in the last resort, to shoot any dog worrying his sheep. When taking a dog through a field with cattle be aware that they may chase the dog, particularly if they have calves. Consider your safety and that of your dog. On the other hand, landowners must not keep intimidating dogs on a right of way, nor must they keep any animal (cattle, horses, dogs etc.) known to be dangerous, in a field crossed by a public right of way. It is an offence to let your dog foul a footpath and you may face a fine if you let them do so.

Obstructions

You may remove a sufficient amount of an obstruction on a public right of way to get by or else you may take a short detour to get around it, but be careful not to trespass on another owner's land. Be aware however that if, for instance, you cut an illegal fence wire across a public right of way thereby allowing stock to escape onto a road you could be liable for damages. It is best to report the obstruction to South Gloucestershire Council to take the appropriate action.

Electric fences and barbed wire

Moveable electric fences play an important part in modern farming. South Gloucestershire Council can give advice to farmers on providing access through such fences where they have to cross public rights of way. However it is best if this can be avoided. Electric fences adjacent to public rights of way should be clearly labelled. It is an offence to place barbed wire across a public right of way. Barbed wire adjacent to a path could be considered to be a 'public nuisance'. A walker or rider who is injured or damages their clothes on barbed wire when using the path could claim for damages against the landowner.

Widths

The definitive map and statement kept by South Gloucestershire Council occasionally specifies the width of a path. However, there is sometimes reliable documentary evidence that indicates the likely width. In the absence of evidence of the width and where rights of way pass over cultivated land, reference should be made to the Rights of Way Act of 1990. It states that headland and field edge rights of way should never be ploughed. Further details can be obtained from South Gloucestershire Council. Obstructions and misleading signs on rights of way are unlawful and should be reported to South Gloucestershire Council.

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