Stiles to Kissing Gates

Project description and aim

This four phase project set out to replace a variety of types of stiles in various states of disrepair on the footpaths in and around Uffington with modern kissing gates providing significantly improved accessibility for a wide range of local people and visiting walkers

 

Footpaths 18, 19 and 27 are used to get from the village of Uffington to the Uffington White Horse, Uffington Castle, The Ridgeway and Waylands Smithy, and for circular walks on public rights of way via Woolstone, Fawler and Kingston Lisle. FP18 is a short spur from FP19 leading to the Fox and Hounds pub in Uffington. FP27 is a short natural extension from FP19 eastwards to join FP16 and the Fawler Road. FP4 is used to get from teh village north to Moor Mill Farm and thence onwards to Fernham or back towards Baulking.

 

Villagers and visitors can now much more easily walk to and from these world-famous sites, to which Uffington is very fortunate to be so close. The newly gated section of FP19 links to an Oxfordshire County Council Ridgeway Circular Walk, which means that there are now no stiles on the path between the village and the Ridgeway and White Horse Hill.

 

These routes are now easy to access and walkable by people of all ages. Starting close to the centre of the village, near the village shop, this is excellent for community involvement and therefore beneficial for the health and well-being of our residents.

 

The project was funded by a number of donors, to all of whom Uffington Parish Council is very grateful; they are (with the amounts):

 

  Phase (£)
Funding Source 1 2 3 4

Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE) with funds from Grundon Waste Management Ltd, from their own funds and through the Landfill Communities Fund

1737 4000 3658 3486

White Horse Show Trust

- 2000   1577

Oxfordshire County Council – Countryside Access Team

-

1000   722

Uffington Parish Council (S106 funds, from the Jacksmeadow estate)

- 5000   -

Uffington Parish Council (Reserves)

210 1000   1577
TOTALS 1947 13000 3658 7362

 

 

Uffington Parish Council is also extremely grateful to all the landowners upon whose land the kissing gates have been installed and who supported the project from the start. We are also grateful to Pepler Fine Fencing Ltd (of Goosey) and Noll Services Limited who did a very professional job for us in the installation of all the new gates.

 

The project records and press releases below contain pictorial records showing ‘before and after’ photos of the stiles which have been replaced by kissing gates using the numbering on the maps above each document. 

 

Phase 1 - Footpath 12

Footpath 12 Stiles to Kissing Gates
Summary of project including before and after photos
FP 12 press release final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [262.0 KB]

Phase 2 - Footpath 18, 19 and 27

Project Record with before and after photos for the project
FP 19 project record.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.1 MB]
Press Release for project
FP 19 press release final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [634.8 KB]

Phase 3 - Footpath 26

Summary of project including before and after photos
FP 26 project record.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.7 MB]
Press Release for FP26 project
FP 26 press release .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [926.6 KB]

Phase 4 - Footpath 4

Summary of project including before and after photos
FP 4 project record final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [8.3 MB]
Press release for Phase 4
FP 4 press release.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

Site Updated:

24 January 2024

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