Walking with dogs – Nov 2018

A great deal of time and effort went into creating two delightful circular walks, one long, one short, for the pleasure of Bloxham residents and their visitors, and they are well used and much appreciated. Plans had to be drawn up, farmers persuaded to allow walkers across their fields, kissing gates installed, and all this took much work and we should applaud the commitment of so many people who got this amenity up and running.

It would be very sad if these two walks were under threat, but it seems that this may be the case owing to someone allowing their dogs to run free and harass sheep in one of the fields, causing the farmer very reasonably to talk of withdrawing his permission for the walk. So please think carefully about keeping your dog under control and on a lead when using the walks. We have included (below)  some information provided to the Broadsheet by the Parish Council to remind walkers with dogs of their responsibilities. Remember that farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs that are caught chasing or maiming livestock.

We all love our dogs and it is good to see that Pat and David Keable are continuing their dedication to helping train so many puppies to move on to training with Dogs for Good – see the pictures in the Broadsheet – so it’s not all bad news about our canine friends.


Information for Users of Public Rights of Way, Permissive Paths and Bridleways.
Circular Walk – Possible Closure to the Short Walk
The Ridgeway to the back of the church
Very recently two sheep have been severely savaged by dogs on this part of the circular walk.
Dogs must be kept on a lead and under close control at all times. Residents and their dogs are permitted to use the permitted path only and not to stray or trespass onto private agricultural land.
The land owner has warned that if the attacks continue, the walk will be closed permanently and the private land fenced off.
Notices have been placed up repeatedly stating that dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Any dog attacking livestock on agricultural land is a criminal offence. To protect their livestock the land owner has the right and the will, to kill the offending dog.
Residents need to be aware that the illegal actions of a few people will have repercussions for the whole community and a loss of this valuable village asset.
Residents are also reminded of the following:
Public Rights of Way, Bridle paths:
Dogs should be kept on leads in fields with livestock. The route taken must be on the PROW only and not across private fields.
The Slade Nature Reserve:
Dogs must be kept on leads in all areas of the Nature Reserve.


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