Edgmond Parish has over 14 miles of public Rights of Way that provide a valuable means of access into the local rural environment. There are 5.9 miles of footpaths open to walkers only; 1.6 miles of bridleway open to walkers, horse-riders and pedal cyclists and 6.9 miles of restricted by-ways that are open to walkers, horse-riders, and drivers/riders of non-mechanically propelled vehicles (such as horse-drawn carriages and pedal cycles).
Edgmond is notable for having a particularly high mileage of restricted byways. Legally, a public right of way is part of the Queen's highway and subject to the same protection in law as all other highways, including trunk roads. Your legal right is to ‘pass and re-pass along the way’. You may stop to rest or admire the view, or to consume refreshments, providing you stay on the path and do not cause an obstruction.
You can also take with you a ‘natural accompaniment’ which includes a pram, or pushchair. You can also legally take a manual or powered wheelchair (mobility scooter) provided you follow the regulations for taking these vehicles on ordinary roads. However there is no guarantee that the surface of the
path will be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
You can take a dog with you, but you must ensure it is under close control. Note that there is no requirement for stiles to be suitable for use by dogs. You will find a map of the local rights of way in the Information Board on the Playing Field car park where you will also find other local information to make your walks and rides into the local countryside more interesting.
You will find a simplified map of rights of way in Edgmond here.
It has not yet been updated to reflect some recent changes around Harper Adams and Sidlington. It will be updated as soon as possible.
This Group emerged out of the Environment Open Day that was held in the Village Hall in 2009. The Group has jointly walked all the Rights of Way in the parish and reported back to the Rights of Way Officer at Telford & Wrekin Council using a standardised format. This has helped to provide the basis for maintenance projects.
The Group has also been working with local landowners and other interest groups to present a series of proposals to make changes to the local rights of way network. In some cases this will merely formalise routes that have actually taken over from the true rights of way - as for example over land owned by Harper Adams University. In other areas - such as in Caynton & Calvington - the aim has been to create a full circuit with no gaps and to remove intrusive footpaths ending in farmyards or back gardens.
The Group has aimed to balance the needs of all users and has suggested upgrading some routes to allow greater access while others may be diverted or removed. The proposals for changes to routes across Harper Adams University land have now become a reality. Although OS maps have not yet caught up with the changes, you will find the routes clearly marked on the ground. There is still some way to go before the proposals for Caynton and Calvington become a reality, but the Parish Council is hopeful that this project will eventually be completed. Click here for more information
More information about local Rights of Way is available on the Information Board located on the playing field car park.
If you wish to report a problem with a right of way then you can try using the Telford & Wrekin Footpath Report Form on their website here. Although this form is really designed for pavements and roads it can be useful for rights of way as well.
You can also report a problem with a right of way via the Telford & Wrekin contact email address
If you wish to make a comment, complaint or to compliment T&W Council use this Email to reach the Customer Quality Team. Or phone them on 01952 382006
Telford & Wrekin Council, Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford, TF3 4NT
Exploring the countryside beyond the parish of Edgmond can provide much interest and enjoyment. Here are some places of interest just a few minutes drive away.
Just a few miles south west of Edgmond lies one of Shropshire’s largest yet little known wetland habitats – The Weald Moors. Hidden between the rolling pastures, woodlands and streams that comprise the moorlands is the story of thousands of years of human history, in which prehistoric people, medieval monks, wealthy landowners and industrialists have all left their mark on the fragile landscape. Click here for more information.
Aqualate Mere NNR is situated 4 miles to the east of Edgmond. At the heart of a private estate, centred on Aqualate Mere is the largest natural lake in the West Midlands. Wildlife can be viewed in close quarters from the public observation hide at the eastern end of the mere. Click here for more information.
This route can be accessed at various points along the way. In Newport the end of the route is adjacent to the A41 by the Aldi Roundabout. Find out more about the Stafford to Newport Greenway here.
Relics of former industrial activity, including furnaces and an old winding house, are now surrounded by woodland full of birds, while pit mounds of waste have been transformed into flower-rich grassland and heath. Find out more about the Granville Nature Reserve here.
Lilleshall is a small village packed full of interest. There is more information about Lilleshall here.