The Piddle Path Update

Published: 30 September 2021

Back in June we posted here about our Piddle Path project in the Piddle Valley.

Here is an update:

The Piddle Path team has had a busy summer! Over the summer term, they tied up with the Piddle Valley CE First School to organise some fun events encouraging the school’s pupils to walk and cycle more, and to make use of the bridleway.  Bikeability, a cycle safety programme, gave each child a full day’s training on their bikes in preparation eventually for them to be able to cycle independently on the road – or bridleway!  Jayne Browne, the head-teacher, also organised a very successful walk for years 2, 3 and 4 along the bridleway to the local playground – a distance of some three miles. The walk was held on a glorious June day but the bridleway was so muddy following rain that several children lost their wellies and had to be carried across one particularly difficult bit, underlining just how important it is to restore the bridleway to make it a passable track if it is to be used by the children on their way to school.

The High Sheriff of Dorset, Michael Dooley, a vocal supporter of the project, has now visited twice. On the first occasion he came in full regalia to see the bridleway and talk to the school children; on the second he walked the length of the bridleway and discussed the issues facing its restoration in more detail.

Following articles in the Dorset Echo and Blackmore Vale, the Piddle Path project was featured on BBC Radio Solent as well as the BBC News website  The press coverage has helped raise awareness about the project as well as drive momentum among residents in the Valley.

In July, after repeated delays due to Covid and work backlogs, the Piddle Path team was excited to finally begin formal discussions with Dorset Council to look at time frames for resolving maintenance issues on the bridleway.

More details, as well as photos from the events, can be found on the Piddle Path website  As ever do get in touch with Maria at mariadefig@yahoo.co.uk; we always welcome feedback, suggestions and new connections!