Stay Safe When Walking in the Cotswolds

National Grid is reminding walkers in the Cotswolds to take extra care when crossing its gas pipeline construction route between Wormington and Sapperton.

Work is now well under way on the 44km pipeline, which will meet the growing demand for reliable and economic gas supplies in the south west of England by next winter.

Most rights of way crossing the pipeline working area (the spread) will remain open during construction. Stiles or kissing gates have been used where rights of way cross the spread, although users are asked to take great care when crossing, to look each way for traffic and ensure dogs are kept on a lead.

Where we cannot keep rights of way open, short diversions have been agreed with Gloucestershire County Council's Rights of Way team. Each diversion is clearly signed at either end and details with maps are posted on National Grid's website at:

For safety reasons, it may also be necessary to close some crossing points for short periods (maximum of 48 hours) during construction, and we will do our utmost to keep these to a minimum.

National Grid senior project manager, Ian Sarson said: “Safety is paramount in all aspects of National Grid's work.

“We have worked hard to minimise disruption to rights of way users during our work. However, construction traffic uses the spread to reduce disruption to local communities and visitors, and we would urge people to cross the spread with caution.”

National Grid has appointed PPS Pipeline Services to build the pipeline, and their normal working hours will be 7am to 7pm Monday-Friday and 7am to 4pm on Saturdays. Anyone wishing to know more about the pipeline can call the freephone project information line on 0800 731 0561, email or visit the project website at:


National Trail Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board, James Blockley said: “We are pleased with the way the project is progressing as we are working closely with the National Grid team to ensure that, not only is the environment surrounding the pipeline safeguarded, but also that people can continue to safely walk and enjoy the countryside during the construction process.”

As part of its commitment to working with communities temporarily inconvenienced by pipeline construction, National Grid is delighted to support the Winchcombe Cotswold Walking Festival.

The event, organised by Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome, takes place on Friday 21 May to Sunday 23 May and offers a wide variety of guided walks, from easy one-mile strolls to more strenuous day-long walks of around 11 miles. Booking for the walks is essential, and further information is available at or by calling the Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre on 01242 602925.


Further information from Caroline Davidson, Project Communications on 07785 254696