A plan for a new footpath linking Long Wittenham and Clifton Hampden has been frustrated.
The idea came from Tom Bowtell, a former chairman of the Parish Council. It would have used footpaths to the weir at the end of the Thames backwater, crossing over it to Clifton Hampden Cut Island, and linking from there to the Thames Path near Clifton Hampden.
However, the owners of the island, who live in West Hagbourne, have said that they are opposed to the new path, citing concerns about disturbance to grazing animals.
Tom Bowtell, whose plan was supported by the Parish Council, described the refusal by the owners as disappointing. He said he understood the island owners’ concerns about possible disturbance to grazing animals, but the Parish Council was prepared to install fencing to separate pedestrians from the animals.
The new path would have been part of a circular walk between Clifton Hampden and Long Wittenham using the proposed new cycle/pedestrian path from the Barley Mow car park to the village.