I have mixed feelings about paths like this being opened up and surfaced. Its great that it makes it accessible to more people but this path is a byway which means that it is legal to drive along it. While we were walking we only saw one jeep type vehicle and one motor cycle and both were travelling relatively slowly but I do know of other byways where the tracks have been almost destroyed by racing vehicles and once again they become impassable for walkers. The other side of the argument is that unless these paths are used then they will become overgrown and unusable once again so any method of keeping them open, walkers, horses, bikes or vehicles is a good thing.
There is a network of footpaths, bridleways and byways throughout the country and if rising fuel prices force us to make more of our journeys by foot we might find them increasingly useful as the old paths are often shorter and more direct routes between villages than travelling by roads.
Our walk was very peaceful. Everything was very leafy and green. At first glance there didn't seem to be much colour or any wild flowers. As we walked I did spot many flowers and it was then that I noticed that on this particular path they all seemed to be pink or purple. I've never noticed that before. Here are some of them.