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The Council has for the past five years been corresponding with Cornwall Council regarding the classification, and in parts, the ownership of the Drovers Trail at Brocton. I am pleased to say that we have now successfully secured the classification of the ‘Trail’ as a designated ‘Public Bridleway’. This is something that would not have been achieved without the continued cooperation and assistance of The British Horse Society, the local landowners, and members of the local community to whom we are extremely grateful.
The Route Described
The Drovers Trail once formed a direct route from Wadebridge to Ruthernbridge. Through the years various lengths have changed ownership and the continuity has been lost.
By good fortune Cornwall Council owned the central stretch and it is this section that has now been designated a bridle path.
The actual Drovers Trail now starts at co ordinates 50 degrees 29 minutes 19seconds North, 4 degrees 48 minutes 20 seconds West.
The entrance to the trail is some 200 metres South of Burlorne Farm opposite a converted barn and follows a lane enclosed by deep cornish hedges.
During the winter it can become waterlogged so wellies are essential!
The local farm has been very helpful in maintaining the hedges and general upkeep and it is important that pet owners control their dogs at all times, especially keeping them within the lane and avoiding any straying into the fields adjacent the trail.
Dogs carry parasites, which if ingested by stock can cause serious complications with the milking herd and calves.
Following the Trail you will come to a Beech Wood on the left and a junction. There is a second trail coming in from the right which leads to forestry land and a truncated footpath to Hustyn.
On the left there is a footpath which leads down to Brocton. This is designated as a footpath and is restricted to walkers, cyclists please note that this path has been damaged by mountain bikers recently and cycling is to be avoided.
Continuing onward, on a clear day you can see Bodmin Moor and Pencarrow. Follow the trail until you reach a sharp right angle, left hand bend. This is where the Drovers Trail used to continue straight on, but is now under private ownership. Walkers should turn left here and continue down to Rocky Vale, pass some farm buildings and a house.
please note (advisory)
The Parish Council has been made aware that some walkers and riders have experienced problems walking through Rocky Vale farm yard and we would advise everyone to respect the owners privacy and not to approach the owners, but to contact the parish council should you experience any difficulties.
Once past Rocky Vale the lane continues left, however to the right, the owners of Lower Grogley Farm, Mr R Indge and Ms S Shipman, do allow walkers and riders to continue up to their gate on a permissive basis and access their farm lane
down to Grogley.
Staying on the trail you enter Vinegar Hill (very steep)and continue down past West Park to the road junction at Brocton.
This is a lovely, but challenging walk, a reasonable degree of fitness is required and should not take more than half an hour.
posted 27th Jan 2018
St Breock Parish Council meet at The Paddock Room, Hawksfield, near Wadebridge ( near the Padstow junction) commencing at 19.30.
Our meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month with the exception of May when it will be the 3rd Wednesday and December when there will be no meeting.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th January 2019, commencing at 19.30.
.Mr R.V. Jarratt - Chairman
.Cobweb Cottage, Burlawn, Wadebridge.PL27 7LD.
T: 01208 813738.
Ms Jacqui Peskett (Parish Clerk).
A2, Victoria Advent House,
Station Approach, Victoria, Roche
T: 01726 210138
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