Rothersthorpe Parish Council

Serving the people of Rothersthorpe

Looking West on the Grand Union Canal

Clerk: Mrs Sarah Murphy
417 Weedon Road, Northampton
Northamptonshire NN5 4EX

Rothersthorpe Walks & Footpaths

Rothersthorpe has some great walks and access to countryside footpaths, towpath access paths and country lanes that connect to surrounding parishes and wider national trails.

Whether you exit the village from the North, South, East or West there are linking footpaths, public rights of way and country lanes for you to explore.

Be nice, say Hi, and respect all users of public rights of way!

Essentials for Navigation

Please feel free to use these links to help with everything from planning a route, identifying your location and reporting issues with public rights of way.

What 3 Words:

The simplest way to talk about location. Street addresses weren't designed for 2021. They aren't accurate enough to specify precise locations, such as building entrances, and don't exist for parks and many rural areas. This makes it hard to find places and prevents people from describing exactly where help is needed in an emergency.

What 3 Words divides the world into 3 metre squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It's the easiest way to find and share exact locations.

Ordnance Survey Mapping:

#GetOutside with Ordnance Survey Mapping, free to use and offers a choice of mapping visuals Standard, Aerial, National Park pathways, Greenspace, National Cycle Network, OS Leisure Maps &Aerial 3D.

Create and maintain your own routes online with the ability to download and share GPX files to your smart tech or fitness trackers.

Premium features require a subscription to OS Mapping through the App Store or Google Play Store

Report a Footpath Issue:

Report street and public rights of way issues whilst out walking with West Northamptonshire Council Fix my Street portal.

Raise a log on Fix my Street and get real time updates and resolution notifications.

Rothersthorpe Parish Council monitor all public submissions within the Parish and work with Northamptonshire Highways to ensure works are completed or scheduled accordingly.

All open and outstanding logs are discussed at Parish Council Meetings.

Know your access rights

Permissive Path:

Follow advice on local signs as landowners voluntarily provide access to these paths and choose who can use them.

Some open access areas are also made available in the same way.

National Trail:

National Trails are created for walking, with horse riding & cycling possible on some trails or trail sections.

Open Access:

You can walk and explore away from paths.

The Countryside Code

Respect everyone

  • be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • leave gates and property as you find them
  • do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • be nice, say hello, share the space
  • follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

Farming, livestock and wild animals

Your actions can affect other people's lives and livelihoods.

Co-operate with people working in the countryside. For example, follow the farmer's directions when animals are being moved or gathered. This helps keep everybody safe.

Leave gates and property as you find them or follow instructions on signs. When in a group, make sure the last person knows how to leave the gates. Farmers close gates to keep animals in or leave them open to give access to food and water. Do not interfere with farm machinery, horses or livestock. If you think a farm animal is in distress, try to alert the farmer.

Give wild animals, livestock and horses plenty of space. Their behaviour can be unpredictable, especially when they are with their young and you could get hurt.

Do not feed livestock, horses or wild animals as it can cause them harm.

Travel and parking in the countryside

Traffic on country roads can be dangerous to people and wildlife.

Slow down and drive carefully on rural roads. Make sure you do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking. Always leave access for emergency vehicles.

Consider leaving your car at home when visiting the outdoors. You could use public transport instead. Find public transport information on the Traveline website.

Take extra care and stay alert where a right of way crosses a railway line. You can find guidance on safely using level crossings on the Network Rail website.

Face oncoming traffic and follow The Highway Code when you walk on a road without a pavement.

Be nice, say hello, share the space

When you're spending time outdoors you could come across other users and animals. Slow down or stop for horses, walkers and livestock when driving or cycling. Always give them plenty of room.

Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders on bridleways.

Cyclists and horse riders should respect walkers' safety, but walkers should also take care not to obstruct or endanger them.

Follow local signs and keep to marked paths

Use maps and local signs to help you find your way. Stay on marked paths, even if they're muddy, unless wider access is available, such as on open access land. This helps to protect crops and wildlife.

Get to know the signs and symbols used in the countryside. They help you identify routes for different users through the countryside.

Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries where you can. Climbing over boundaries can cause damage and put livestock at risk.

Contact the local authority if you think a sign is illegal or misleading. For example, a 'private - no entry' sign on a public footpath.

Protect the environment

  • take your litter home - leave no trace of your visit
  • do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • dog poo - bag it and bin it - any public waste bin will do
  • care for nature - do not cause damage or disturbance

We all have a responsibility to protect our countryside and open spaces for current and future generations.

Care for nature - do not cause damage or disturbance. Leave rocks, stone, plants and trees as you find them and take care not to disturb wildlife including birds that nest on the ground.

Do not disturb ruins or historic sites - our heritage in the natural and built environment is important.

Take your litter home - leave no trace of your visit

Remember to bring a bag with you and take your rubbish and food waste home, use public bins or recycle if possible. Litter spoils the beauty of the countryside and can be dangerous to wildlife and livestock. Dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.

Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can

Be careful with naked flames and cigarettes. Only use BBQs where signs state they are allowed. Always put your BBQ out, make sure the ashes are cold and dispose of them responsibly. Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property.

Controlled fires are used by some land managers to manage vegetation, particularly on heaths and moors between 1 October and 15 April. Call 999 if you see an unattended fire.

Always keep dogs under control and in sight

The countryside, parks and the coast are great places to exercise your dog but you need to consider other users and wildlife.

Keep your dog under effective control to make sure it stays away from wildlife, livestock, horses and other people unless invited. You should:

  • always keep your dog on a lead or in sight
  • be confident your dog will return on command
  • make sure your dog does not stray from the path or area where you have right of access

Always check local signs as there are situations when you must keep your dog on a lead for all or part of the year. Local areas may also ban dogs completely, except for assistance dogs. Signs will tell you about these local restrictions.

It is good practice wherever you are to keep your dog on a lead around livestock.

On Open Access land and at the coast, you must put your dog on a lead around livestock. Between 1 March and 31 July, you must have your dog on a lead on Open Access land, even if there is no livestock on the land. These are legal requirements.

A farmer can shoot a dog that is attacking or chasing livestock. They may not be liable to compensate the dog's owner.

Let your dog off the lead if you feel threatened by livestock or horses. Do not risk getting hurt protecting your dog. Releasing your dog will make it easier for you both to reach safety.

Dog poo - bag it and bin it - any public waste bin will do

Always clean up your dog's poo because it can cause illness in people, livestock and wildlife.

Never leave bags of dog poo around, even if you intend to pick them up later. Deodorised bags and containers can make bags of dog poo easier to carry. If you cannot find a public waste bin, you should take it home and use your own bin.

Enjoy the outdoors

  • check your route and local conditions
  • plan your adventure - know what to expect and what you can do
  • enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory

The outdoors is great for your wellbeing. It is a place for relaxation, peacefulness and activity. Whatever you like to do outdoors, you will enjoy it more if you prepare in advance.

Check your route and local conditions

Make sure you know your route and have the maps you need. Refer to up-to-date maps, guides or websites before you set off.

You can find advice on specialist activities from outdoor recreation groups. Websites such as GetOutside, Visit England or Visit Britain can provide a list of these groups. Information centres can also give you local ideas and advice.

Check weather, tide and water conditions

Check weather forecasts before you set off. Conditions can change quickly on mountains and along the coast. Do not be afraid to turn back if conditions change when you're out and about.

Look up tide times before you leave to reduce the risk of getting cut off by rising tides. Some rivers are affected by tidal change, it's not just the sea. Take care on slippery rocks and seaweed.

Check the Environment Agency website for water quality and conditions if you want to paddle, swim or enjoy the water.

Plan your adventure - know what to expect and what you can do

Tell someone else where you are going and when you expect to be back. In rural areas you may not see anyone for hours and phone signals are unreliable in many places.

You are responsible for the safety of yourself, and others in your care. Make sure you have the skills and knowledge you need for your activity.

Prepare for natural hazards, including weather changes, to stay safe. Make sure you take the right clothing and equipment for your planned activities.

Remain flexible in case you need to change your plans if places are busy.

Rights and permissions

This code sets out information about the rights of different users. For some activities you may need to get permission from the landowner, including:

  • camping
  • freshwater swimming
  • freshwater fishing

Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory.