Public footpath reopens after 20 years of disuse

The footpath across Honing Common. Picture: Open Spaces Society

The footpath across Honing Common. Picture: Open Spaces Society - Credit: Archant

Walkers can once again enjoy an old public footpath which has been reopened in north Norfolk, thanks to the persistence of the Open Spaces Society's local correspondent Ian Witham .

In 2012, Mr Witham reported to Norfolk County Council that part of the footpath in Honing and East Ruston was under water from the construction of a fishing lake and obstructed by fencing. The 700-yard footpath runs across part of Honing Common and an area of wetland.

Mr Witham, with support from the Open Spaces Society, served a legal notice on the council, requiring it to maintain the path.

After a number of court visits, the council agreed to a partial diversion of the route, which has now reopened after more than 20 years of disuse.

Mr Witham said: "The council's duty to maintain the path does not end here, but is ongoing. We shall be monitoring the state of the path closely."