SN5912 : Farm fields from open cast land

taken 10 years ago, near to Saron, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, Great Britain

Farm fields from open cast land
Farm fields from open cast land
Until recently, the land beyond the gateway was an opencast mine.

A local man who was walking his dog told me that when the mine was created, assurances were made that all rights of way and thoroughfares would be restored once the mine had completed its operation as would be the field boundaries.

All the public rights of way listed on the council's definitive map have been faithfully preserved and re-created but strangely not the more major roads and thoroughfares that weren't listed as public rights of ways. This has lead to a very strange network of public footpaths that lead to nowhere! Where a footpath met a road prior to mining, it simply stops at a fence with no means of continuing - and in some cases another footpath can be seen continuing "further down the road" with no way of crossing to it.

The local man told me that the way the land has been sold back to the farmers (including the roads) has been a cause of contention - I was told that the land owner has asked walkers not walk along the old road routes.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 January, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 27 January, 2008
Category
Fields > Fields   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 596 126 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.7061N 4:2.2207W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 594 128
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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