Specification for extensive grazing of Charlton Kings Common

Fence specification

This will be a combination of 6 strands of high tensile (HT) wire (not barbed) fixed to treated wooden posts, and traditional stock fencing 80cm in height with 2 strands of HT wire above. Both combinations will be attached to straining posts at required intervals. The middle and top strand of the 6 strands of wire will be electrified from point 16B - 1B - 6F/B. All points mentioned here and below are annotated on the map.

Fence position

To run from the boundary at UnderScar (1B) at the north west corner of the site no more than 1 metre from the south side of encroaching driveway leading to Daisybank Road and then parallel to and no more than 1 metre from the south side of Daisybank Road (dependant on the lie of the land and trees). This will take into consideration the pull-in points along the south side of the road.  At the pit (3WS/3F), the fence would move south, away from the road to give room for vehicles to turn only, but there would not be access to the pit area itself.  The fence would then again continue parallel to the south side of Daisybank Road. At the turning circle (4WS/5B), the fence would be routed around the base of the flat area to provide a turning place, returning to the road at the driveway to Shackleton to continue on beside the road.  Where the path running parallel to the track leaves, the fence should follow this and run to the north of this path along the top of the slope beside the track until the two meet again by the fire engine turning circle (6F/6B).  The fence will then cross the track and meet with the boundary wall privately owned by our grazier. Following this boundary line it crosses Sandy lane and continues around the actual boundary of the common until it reaches the newly restored wall on the southern boundary (13B).  From the entrance from Brownstone Quarry (15F/15B), the fence will follow the old boundary wall, as well as it can be determined, to complete the enclosure by Underscar (1B) where it will meet the start of the fence.

Access type

All gates would be the same basic style - only varying in width.

Access number suffix

Access type

P

4' 1-way pedestrian gate (opening inwards, towards livestock, where possible)

B

5' 2-way bridleway gate

F

12' field gate

WS

Wooden stile

Access points

Working from the north west corner of site on Daisybank Road, in a clockwise direction.

1B

In the corner of the site to the right when looking east, up a bank at the end of the driveway to Undercliff. This gives access to the diagonal path (desire line) up the slope bearing south east, as well as linking to a designated footpath running between the 2 commons

2B

On the diagonal path (desire line) bearing south east opposite Stowaway

3F/3WS

To the east of the quarry, gate giving access to the south east for cattle management and maintenance (to be kept locked) with adjacent stile

4WS

On west side of the turning circle linking to steps

5B

On the east side of and just within the turning circle, allowing access to the path (ZCK 56) going to 5 ways, and diagonally (desire line) up the hill to midpoint of Windass Hill

6B/6F

At the fire engine turning area where the fence returns to the boundary (across the extension to the restricted byway (ZCK 56) - note the definitive map shows the restricted byway deviating from the line of the main track and going directly to the foot of Windass Hill (CK57)

7B/7F

Adjacent boundary gates across Sandy Lane

8P

On the designated footpath across the golf course (ZCK 59)

9WS/

10WS

Stiles to allow access to well used desire lines to the SSSI above golf course

11B

On the designated footpath to main road (CK 58) and the desire line used

12B/12F

Access point to and from the common at the eastern end of the track known as 'The Gallops' (CK 60)

13B

Access point to and from common to common to Cotswold Way National Trail (CK 65)

14P

On the designated footpath to farm (ACO 1)

15B/15F

Entrance from Brownstones Quarry (ASH 47) adjacent to the top of Bridleway (ASH 33). The fence will link with the newly restored wall but deviate slightly from the original boundary line so that both gates can be located on level ground

16B

On the lower footpath from Lime Kilns Quarry to point beyond and to the east of exit to Brownstones (ASH 37)

17WS

To be situated above the steps on footpath (ASH 39)

18WS

To be situated below the steps on footpath (ASH 39)

19B

About 25 metres from the top of the garden (nearly opposite footpath ASH 44) to allow access between the two commons without having to use the restricted byway

Total of gates/stiles required

1 way pedestrian gates

2

2 way bridle gates

11

12 foot field gates

5

Wooden stiles

6

Remedial works and consultations

  1. Gate position 1 : reduce step up by excavating slope 2 metres wide from driveway to gate position and levelling ground around gate as required
  2. Gate position 2 : a piped culvert (minimum 6 inch diameter) is needed to bridge the rainwater gulley between the road and the path 

Aspirations

Work is in progress to restore and reinstate the original Cotswold stone boundary wall along the southern boundary adjacent to the Cotswold Way long distance footpath.  To date 1200m is complete.  Both ends of the fence line will be attached to each end of the newly completed drystone wall.  Subject to grant funding becoming available in the future, the aim is to restore as many sections of the original boundary wall as practical around Charlton Kings Common, particularly where the boundary is most visible.

Risk assesment

A risk assesment for the project is available to view on request.