1986 PATHS AND BRIDLEWAYS

    In an area where  COMMUNICATION  is
 limited to a few lanes and narrow main
 roads, FOOTPATHS  and  BRIDLEWAYS     
 have served an important function in  
 the past. Interviews with elderly     
 residents in  Avening have shown that 
 the many paths which criss-cross the  
 area have interesting histories.      
    One path at Pound Hill was the site
 of the former pack-horse trail for the
 woollen trade. Other paths running    
 towards the Church, have been used by 
 church-goers over the centuries. The  
 wider paths were used by pony and trap
 and other forms of wheeled TRANSPORT. 
   Roundabout Lane, which was once a   
 farm track for waggons and hay wains  
 is today a narrow path, almost        
 overgrown in parts. The conditions of 
 these paths vary from those which are 
 stony, dry and clear of vegetation, to
 those which are barely passable.      
 

Map of the area

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