The list of Public Rights of Way is maintained by Wiltshire Council and is displayed on the scalable map: Wiltshire Council Rights of Way Explorer (arcgis.com). This lists all Rights of Way in Wiltshire and, if you zoom in enough, you will see the names of each right of way. For Shrewton, these appear as “SHRE**”, where the asterisks will be a one or two digit number, such as “SHRE23”. The formal written description of each right of way is given in a rather dry document, the “definitive list“, which describes each of the 41 paths (number 20 no longer exists). The version here was issued in March 2015.
A small project was run to make locating the footpaths, bridleways and byways of Shrewton little easier – at least for those close to the village centre. Many of the path numbers have been stencilled on the path markers too.
There are several types of public rights of way, including CRB – a carriage road mainly used as a bridleway – and BOAT – a byway open to all traffic – these definitions can be found on Rights of way and accessing land: Use public rights of way – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Feedback is welcome! Please send your own pictures of the paths to be added, particularly those of more distant parts, with views over Salisbury Plain.
And where we know paths exist, walks can be created like these from the WI. Click on the link to see where you can walk in and around Shrewton. And if you make up a route of your own, be sure to send it in. There are also apps for smart phones that can record your walks – where you went and the distance covered – feel free to send those as well with a description.
Enjoy your walks around Shrewton.