The new route runs from the end of Bere Mill Lane parallel to the B3400 and provides a safe route for walking and cycling.
The land within the field had been provided by the Nabarro family who only recently suffered severe damage to their home at Bere Mill due to a devastating fire. They joined local residents, walkers and members of Hampshire and Whitchurch Councils at the official opening.
Following the ribbon cutting, Rupert Nabarro explained how the route through the field had been exchanged for the area of land at the end of Bere Mill Lane, currently being used by HCC as a storage and ‘waste’ area. His plans are to plant a small ‘forest’ with trees that he had already secured and make the area much more pleasant and attractive.
In talking about the safety that has been improved by the path he remained concerned over the speed of traffic on the B3400 and called for the limit to be reduced to at least 30mph.
Several members from the local walking groups followed the path while others enjoyed the hospitality of tea and cake very kindly provided by the Nabarro family.
This path is very much appreciated and Rupert and his family are to be thanked for allowing this welcome facility to come to fruition.