The Estate currently has two permissive access routes for public walkers, riders and cyclists. Within this scheme, there are also two designated off-lead dog walking areas provided (in blue on the Stody map).
Please only use in daylight hours, be respectful to other users, the natural wildlife and the environment.
One route is a nine-mile circular route in the Stody area, please see the map.
The other connects the villages of Hindringham and Binham, please see map.
Unfortunately the Government is cancelling our permissive paths and open access/dog walking areas with effect from 31st January 2018.
The Government scheme provides the vital regulatory framework within which these designated paths and areas are managed. It also provides the majority of the essential funding required (£30,000 per year) which help cover insurance, health & safety, maintenance, loss of farming/environmental income, supervision, specialist equipment, fencing and signage costs. The two dog walking areas also require a further, substantial sum to renew their infrastructure.
Aware of how popular these paths and walking areas are with the local community, Stody Estate has been actively lobbying and discussing with all levels of Government to try to renew the permissive schemes. Other forms of grant funding have been researched and the Estate has engaged with various farming and wildlife industry groups, eg. the NFU, CLA and FWAG, as well as with other farmers with similar schemes. We are also actively engaged with representatives of Briston, Edgefield, Melton Constable & Stody & Hunworth Parish Councils in a joint effort to try to keep some of this scheme open. Please contact your respective parish council if you would like to contribute.