Who to contact about a problem with the rights of way?

If you wish to report a problem (e.g. blocked path) or concern with a right of way then contact the Central Bedfordshire Council rights of way team.  Michelle Flynn covers the parish of Toddington, but it is generally best to use the on-line form on email/number with as much detail of location and the nature of the issue.

Who created this site?

This site has been created and is maintained on a voluntary basis by Tom Chevalier, a Toddington resident.  It is intended to promote the use of the rights of way in Toddington and surrounding parishes.  I run my own business so can not always respond to emails promptly.  If you have any time to assist in maintaining the local rights of way network then please contact me (or Michelle at CBC) and we can inform you of any local activity.  To contact me, please email: info@Toddington.Info

What maps do I need?

1:25,000 maps - No. 193, Luton & Stevenage and No. 192, Buckingham & Milton Keynes.  Toddington is mostly on 193, but the map boundary means that the west of Toddington parish is on 192.  Available from OS shop or local map retailers. The OS site has several map related games.

How many stiles are there?

I support the concept of ‘least restrictive access’ defined by British Standard BS5709 which means removing as many obstructions from the rights of way network as possible.  CBC adopted a policy which gives more details of BS5709.  The landowners in Toddington parish have been really supportive so over 55 stiles have been removed, with only a few left (the table below slightly now overstates the actual Toddington stiles).  There is no doubt the removal of stiles has encouraged more walkers to get out and about.  The following statistics were provided by CBC to the Joint Local Access Forum in Sept2016, it illustrates the excessive number of stiles in Chalgrave - one every 440 metres!

Stile numbers

What is the Countryside Code?

For more information see Countryside Code:

Respect other people:

  • consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment:

  • leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
  • keep dogs under effective control

Enjoy the outdoors:

  • plan ahead and be prepared
  • follow advice and local signs

Dog fouling

Responsible owners do not allow their dogs to foul public places.  The are many dog bins and litter bins can also be used for disposal of bagged dog waste.  Leaving dog mess on the recreation grounds is particularly unpleasant for sports people, young and old, seeking to play football.  Fines can be imposed on irresponsible dog owners.  Read more on the CBC website.

Paths which are not usable

There are several paths on the Definitive Map (see home page) which are not usable:

TODA3 - a section of path between Alma farm and Warmark farm is a dead end.  It also has a drafting problem which aligns with a boundary on the OS map.

TOD14/15/77 - there are multiple parallel paths in this field, two paths are normally marked out.

TOD21 - the path does not reach the Lodge farm or link with the other paths there, it actually doubles back and ends near Toddington Manor, as a result, the field between Toddington Manor and Lodge farm is not normally marked out.  See notice at Park Road.

TOD21 - short section by Park Road, through a paddock.  This path is not really used, the path on the field edge is accessible.

TOD27 - the path between Toddington Manor and Toddington Park is not connected to any other rights of way.

TOD30 - this path used to join with a now extinguished path, as a result it is a dead end path.

TOD44 - part of the path runs down to the Bridleway, legally it continues on the other side of the road but is only a dead end so it is not made accessible.

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