ALLEGED PUBLIC FOOTPATH (CP 547) at WINKWORTH ARBORETUM
Some ten years ago the National Trust closed the access off the Busbridge – Thorncombe Street footpath into the Arboretum and along the lower lake (now the wetlands), that joined with the still open public right of way running north – south through the arboretum.
This footpath is the subject of an Alleged Footpath Claim (CP 547) lodged in 2011 to re-establish it as a public right of way. If successful, it would re-create a loop out of Busbridge – Catteshall through the Arboretum, Juniper Valley and Hydons Ball, before one returns via Clock Barn Lane or across the fruit farm. At a time when this area has at last been recognized as part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is most regrettable that such a circuit is no longer open.
We are looking for walkers, joggers, runners who were using this path 10 – 20 – 30 – 40+ years ago, to come forward with witness statements.
Godalming Area Footpath Secretary,
Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers Group