A view of Tiptree Heath

 

The information below just gives a brief summary of the heath and possible activities. Please check the Tiptree Heath Website for more information, exact timings and changes of programme.

  Tiptree Heath Website

The Heath has many different users - and the conservation volunteers, with the working parties during the week and weekends, help maintain the Heath for everyone.

It has a very long history and variety of usage. The site was ploughed during WWII and since then, the heath has had a more open character, as remembered by older members of the surrounding community.

Rights of way
There are no public rights of way on the common, but there is open access throughout the Heath, and some are more heavily used than others, with people generally keeping to the paths and open areas, avoiding the dense scrub and bracken.

 

There is a programme of events including:

Health Walks on the Heath – for the young at heart, and for the young! Wednesday morning, 10.30am

Wildilfe Walks occur at varied times, see website for details.

The Heath Hunters meet on the first Saturday in each month from 10-11.30am
Group walks may be led by arrangement with the warden

 

Users of the heath

  • Dog walkers
  • Walkers, ramblers and joggers
  • Orienteering groups
  • Bird watching and nature study
  • Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
  • Schools and Colleges

 

Horse Riders and Dogs
There are a number of bridle paths provided for horse riders.

The Tiptree Equestrian Centre (TEC) has worked with the Heath Management and strongly advises that horse riders do not canter or gallop on the Heath, making control by the rider difficult. This could provoke a dangerous situation in the presence of walkers and dogs.

Likewise, dog owners must ensure that they are in control of their animals, and when there are riders on the Heath it is advised that dogs be on leads. This way everyone can enjoy their time on the Heath.

 

Exmoor Ponies on the Heath

It is important for the ponies, humans and dogs that the ponies are treated properly by heath users.

They should not be fed - even with grass

They may start to follow humans looking for food and may try to bite or kick.

 

They are semi-feral, therefore timid and curious

They will move away if approached, like the cows. If they approach you, gently shoo them away, using arm movements.

 

If chased they will run

Please keep your dog on the lead until you know how they will react. If a dog chases the ponies it could lead to a problem.

 

They may lose weight and coat condition during the winter

This is not usually a sign of illness or neglect, pnies naturally feed up in the summer to store food for the winter. But if you are concerned, then let the warden know.