Old Chitterne Names 12: Long Hedge Path Mead

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Chitterne Brook meandering through the Mead

We stay in old Chitterne St Mary for Long Hedge Path.This is an old track alongside the Mead or water meadows, which in days of yore were flooded to provide a resource shared by farmers in both Chitterne parishes. The meadows were divided into plots, each plot named after the farmer whose plot it was. This way each farmer had access to early grass pasture for his sheep. Laurie Wallis told me that one plot was still known as Dean’s Mead in his grandfather’s time.

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Map showing path in red and boundary stones, also footpath 12 from the road over footbridge FB

This path does not appear on the Rights of Way map but is still walked.

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The start of Long Hedge Path

It starts at the Round House and does what it says on the tin – follows a long hedge through the Mead to the parish boundary with Codford – passing the ‘new’ Glebe Farm buildings en route. In fact if you carried on over the boundary it would take you to Codford St Peter via Green Road.

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The long hedge on the right curving its way towards Codford

The long hedge ends abruptly at the parish boundary and the path takes a left turn for a short distance before reaching some old boundary stones and a stile.

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Boundary stones between Chitterne and Codford with the stile beyond

If you cross the stile into Codford parish the path becomes Codford footpath number 6 on the Rights of Way map and continues towards Codford. This stile can also be reached from the road between Chitterne and Codford via footpath number 12, which takes you over a wooden bridge spanning Chitterne Brook.

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Wooden bridge over Chitterne Brook on alternative footpath 12

 

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Old Chitterne Names 12: Long Hedge Path Mead

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