Public Rights of Way in Bournemouth

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'M' series - M15 to M18


Number: M15
Designation: Public footpath
Length: 2054m
Route: Throop Road [SZ 1086 9609] to Granby Road [SZ 0959 9585]
Map:
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
Commentary:
The route starts as the tarmacked lane heading from Throop Road/Broadway Lane:
SZ1096 : Throop: lane heading northwest from Throop Road by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: the Stour Valley Way arrives on Throop Road by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: passing Muccleshell Farmhouse by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: fly-tippers are being watched by Chris Downer
The route used to go through the left-hand gate here, as mapped, but was rerouted 20-odd years ago to continue along the lane:
SZ1096 : Throop: two side-by-side gateways by Chris Downer
The lane ends at the sewage works gates:
SZ1096 : Throop: footpath M15 under beech leaves by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: southeast on the Berry Hill lane by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: approaching the sewage works by Chris Downer
At the end of the lane, the footpath continues along a broad, good quality gravel path for the remainder of the route.
SZ1096 : Throop: the footpath leaves the lane at the sewage works by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: the Stour Valley Way joins the Berry Hill lane by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: pylon line across the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: to Muscliff and Redhill on the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: field gateway off footpath M15 by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: a distant lady in red by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: young hedge alongside footpath M15 by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: the Stour Valley Way heads east by Chris Downer
Here, we see an alternative route, heading off the main path to the riverside.
SZ1096 : Throop: the riverside path rejoins the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: access to the riverside from footpath M15 by Chris Downer
Continuing along the main path:
SZ1096 : Throop: a glimpse of the river from the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: footpath M15 under a tree and power lines by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: differently strung cables cross the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: a splendid day for a walk by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: gate and cattle grid on the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Throop: some cattle quietly graze by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Muscliff: approaching a squiggle on footpath M15 by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: a dog takes itself for a walk by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: fields alongside a dark path by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: a view southwest on footpath M15 by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: large oak on the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: under a tree along the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer
SZ0996 : Muscliff: the Stour and the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer
Footpath M15 is Bournemouth's longest public right of way and the only one over 2km in length. It forms part of the Stour Valley Way long-distance path, although it doesn't see all that much of the Stour. It consists of a tarmacked lane at the Throop end and a good quality gravel path for the majority of its course - it has been improved in the last few years to make it wheelchair accessible and a shared route for cyclists.

Here, we see one of the few points along the path where there is a view of the Stour - although, as can be seen, one can also take the riverside route in some places.


SZ0996 : Muscliff: a Stour Valley LNR gate by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: a gate on the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: a Stour Valley Way marker post by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: passing two accesses to the Stour Valley Way by Chris Downer
Here, the Stour Valley Way continues along the river, while footpath M15 heads to the suburbs:
SZ0996 : Muscliff: the Stour Valley Way and footpath M15 part by Chris Downer(M15 heads left)
SZ0996 : Muscliff: nature reserve welcome sign by the Stour by Chris Downer(M15 not really in picture, but is the two nearer signposted directions)
SZ0996 : Muscliff: footpath M15 reaches the river by Chris Downer(M15 is foreground and heading to right)
The journey ends on Granby Road:
SZ0996 : Muscliff: descending to the river on footpath M15 by Chris Downer SZ0995 : Muscliff: steps onto footpath M15 by Chris Downer SZ0995 : Muscliff: dappled light on footpath M15 by Chris Downer SZ0995 : Muscliff: footpath M15 passes Kingfisher Barn by Chris Downer SZ0995 : Muscliff: footpath M15 from Granby Road by Chris Downer

Number: M16
Designation: Public footpath
Length: 90m
Route: Luckham Road [SZ 1006 9493] to Charminster Place [SZ 1001 9485]
Map:
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
Commentary: Start of path is now formed of recent development Luckham Gardens; runs through estate between back gardens. Continuation southward is path M08.
SZ1094 : Charminster: Luckham Gardens from Luckham Road by Chris Downer SZ1094 : Charminster: Luckham Gardens and footpath M16 by Chris Downer SZ1094 : Charminster: footpath M16 arrives on Luckham Gardens by Chris Downer SZ1094 : Charminster: footpath M16 heads for Charminster Place by Chris Downer
SZ1094 : Charminster: the dead end of Charminster Place from footpath M16 by Chris Downer(foreground; M08 is beyond)
SZ1094 : Charminster: footpath M08 reaches Charminster Place by Chris Downer(background; M08 is foreground)

Number: M17
Designation: Public footpath
Length: 235m
Route: Muscliffe Lane [SZ 1036 9601] to M18 [SZ 1023 9582]
Map:
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
Commentary: Rural path lined by trees/thick foliage on both sides. Meets bridleway M18 alongside playing fields of Muscliff Park.
SZ1096 : Muscliff: footpath M17 from Muscliffe Lane by Chris Downer SZ1096 : Muscliff: footpath M17 passes a large tree by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: footpath M17 passes under a big bough by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: an overgrown bit of footpath M17 by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: weirdly shaped tree by footpath M17 by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: little yellow flowers alongside footpath M17 by Chris Downer
SZ1095 : Muscliff: under some holly on footpath M17 by Chris Downer
We are in the northern suburbs - Throop/Muscliff - which are the last bastion of ruralness in the borough of Bournemouth. This picture sets the scene nicely.


SZ1095 : Muscliff: footpath M17 reaches bridleway M18 by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: footpath M17 heads north by Chris Downer

Number: M18
Designation: Public bridleway
Length: 735m
Route: Muscliffe Lane [SZ 0993 9602] to Broadway Lane [SZ 1052 9561]
Map:
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
Commentary: Long bridleway along woodland strip, running parallel with a modern gravelled path. Footpath M17 meets it partway along.
SZ0996 : Muscliff: bridleway M18 from Muscliffe Lane by Chris Downer SZ0996 : Muscliff: bridleway M18 reaches Muscliffe Lane by Chris Downer
SZ0996 : Muscliff: bridleway M18 and Wilderness Way approach Muscliffe Lane by Chris Downer
The original bridleway has now been joined by a parallel neighbour - a good quality, modern footpath which runs alongside the entire route from Muscliffe Lane to Broadway Lane, passing the Muscliff Park playing fields on the way. The modern path is called Wilderness Way.


SZ1095 : Muscliff: bridleway M18 heads for Muscliffe Lane by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: bridleway M18 heads for Broadway Lane by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: bridleway M18 continues alongside Wilderness Way by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: bridleway M18 passes footpath M17 by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: bridleway M18 reaches Muscliff Park playing fields by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: part of the fence is down alongside bridleway M18 by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: looking west along bridleway M18 by Chris Downer SZ1095 : Muscliff: entering Wilderness Way and bridleway M18 by Chris Downer

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