Barrow signpostBarrow Footpaths Committee

For the date of the next Footpaths Committee meeting, please see the website calendar. Meetings take place in Barrow Village Hall

Walk1-Stamford Bridge-Watling St-Barrow Mill (3 miles)

Walk2-Stamford Mill-Littleton-Guilden Sutton (6.5 miles)

Barrow Footpaths Map

April 30th 2020

Permissive Path Closure and a New Route

Following upon the closure of the permissive footpath linking  to Lower Ferma Lane, a new permissive path route is being made available to access Ferma Wood.

Follow Footpath 3 from the house on the route known locally as ‘the diagonal’, which is immediately to the right of the closed path. Cross the first field and go through the kissing gate, then turn sharp left and follow the fence line to the point at which it re-joins the old permissive path. Then turn right to descend to Ferma Wood.

Please keep closely to this new route and do not ‘cut the corner’. This permissive path is being made available by the kind permission of the landowners to allow access into Ferma Wood from the village.

Chris Youngs

Chair of Footpaths Committee

Addendum: As there may be differing views on this proposal, it has been decided to operate the new route for a trial period of one month, after which there will be a review.

Barrow Parish Council

Footpath Sub Committee

Barrow Parish Council has had a Footpath Sub-Committee for over 30 years, which meets in the Village Hall every 6 to 8 weeks. After each meeting, the committee reports back to the Parish Council and raises any problems on the paths with Cheshire West and Chester Council who have some legal responsibilities for Public Rights of Way.

Barrow has 30 public footpaths for use by pedestrians covering 13 miles, with many great views and one Restricted Byway which can be also be used by horse riders. The latter is off Barnhouse Lane.

Most of the paths leading out of the parish can be planned as circular walks as described in the booklet `Guide to Footpath Walks around Barrow`, cost £3. this booklet was first published in the 1980`s and has been reprinted four times since then.

Available from:

Bluebell Cafe at Barrowmore, – Guilden Sutton Post Office.

Helsby Post Office. – Tarvin Post Office.

The FoxcoteTea Rooms, Little Barrow.

Chris Youngs:  01829 740741 Mobile: 07598138256


The “Longster Trail”, from Chester to Delamere and “The North Cheshire Way” from Wirral to Dark Peak, pass through the parish.

Parishioners are always welcome to attend with concerns, or just interest and suggestions. For the date of the next meeting see Barrow News or the website calendar.

Over the years the committee has achieved many improvements, one being the installation of kissing gates, to replace stiles, on several paths; particularly around the outskirts of Great Barrow and recently on the path across the Gowy valley to Plemstall Church.

Click on the links below for Minutes of  Barrow Footpath Committee meetings:

Footpaths Meeting 27 September 21

Footpaths Meeting 5 July 2021

Footpaths Meeting 9 March 20

Footpaths Meeting 13 January 20 –

Footpaths Meeting 4 November 19

Footpaths Meeting 9 September 19

Footpaths Meeting 7 July 19

Footpath Meeting 29 April 19

Footpaths meeting 25th February 2019

Footpaths Meeting 7 Jan 2019

Footpaths Meeting 12 November 18

Footpaths Meeting 10 September 18

Footpaths Meeting 16 July 18

Footpaths Meeting 21 May 18