Sway Rights of Way - Footpaths
However as well as the general public being invited
to comment on any Rights of Way issues Sway Parish Council also try to keep a weather eye on the footpaths in our Parish.
That task is currently undertaken by Cllrs. Peter Dance and Tom Greenwood.
Footpaths should not be confused with footways
at the side of a road - like a pavement for example. Sway has 15 formal Rights of Way: 9 footpaths, 3 bridleways and
3 byways open to all traffic. Six of these continue into Hordle Parish, and one continues into the parish of Lymington &
Pennington (where those will also appear with a different number in the lists of those other parishes). One bridleway leads
directly into the open forest in Brockenhurst parish, and two bridleways are essentially forest routes over railway footbridges.
Hampshire has an excellent page for reporting any Rights of Way issue, at http://www.hants.gov.uk/rh/row/report-list.html
which invites your comments under three main headings: structures (such as stiles or gates), obstructions (such as electric
fencing) and signposting, plus categories for surface and other problems. So if you come across any such issues on
any of the 15 Sway Rights of Way please do report them online.
Following my survey of all
Sway Rights of Way over summer and into autumn 2011 I wrote a piece which appeared in the November 2011 edition of "Sway