The Parish is served by 28 Rights-of-Way throughout both villages and within the local wooded areas and farmland, and many of the paths link to adjoining parish’s networks.
Within living memory these paths were used daily by agricultural workers for getting to work, particularly those from Ashmore Green to Cold Ash and from Cold Ash to Henwick. Villagers walking from Ashmore Green to the bakery or post office in Cold Ash would never be seen on the highway as the shortest route was on the public footpaths.
For many years the footpaths became little used and stiles fell into disrepair as motor vehicle use increased. but now thankfully walking has become a leisure activity and the path network has improved considerably.
Map of Parish Rights of Way
Please note that West Berkshire Council maintains the definitive Rights-of-Way map and this map should only be used as a guide.
Parish Walks Leaflet
The Parish Council has a leaflet (available from the Parish Office) showing the Rights of Way across the Parish or it is available for download by clicking the image below.
The leaflet was produced by Cold Ash Parish Council with acknowledgements to:
- Pat Shaw – Text
- Vic Bates – Cartography
- Bill Allen – Photography
Rights of Way Maintenance
West Berkshire Council are responsible for maintenance and enforcement of Public Rights of Way.
Please see the West Berkshire Council page here.
The Parish Council is happy to report problems for you, but please make sure and identify the footpath number and location before reporting to the Parish Clerk.