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Says Naomi Smith

Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

The Isle of Wight

Says Marian PerrottSays Marian Perrott

"The Isle of Wight Council is systematically abusing rider rights of unimpeded passage with the laying of sealed surfacing."

Maureen Comber writes to Marian Perrott

"Good luck"

Says Maureen Comber

Says Maureen ComberI have picked up your problem from horseytalk and Tony Barnett.

Please be aware of the 1968 Countryside Act s.30 which states as follows:

riding of pedal bicycles on bridleways

1) Any member of the public shall have, as a right of way, the right to ride a bicycle, not being a mechanically propelled vehicle, on any bridleway, but in exercising that right cyclists shall give way to pedestrians and persons on horseback.

2) Subsection (1) above has effect subect to any orders made by a local authority and to any byelaws.

(3) The rights confirmed by this section shall not affect the obligations of the highway authority, or any other person, as respects the maintenance of the bridleway, and this section shall not create any obligation to do anything to facilitate the use of the bridleway by cyclists.

(4) Subsection (1) above shall not affect any definition of 'bridleway' in this or any other Act.

(5) In this section 'mechanically propelled vehicle' does not include a vehicle falling within paragrph (c) of section 189(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988. As amended by Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 Sch3 pra 5 and CRWA 2000 Sch 7 pra 2.

Rights of Way Act 1990
Damage to the surface of paths, ploughing out of paths and damage and interference by growing crops. The enactment by Parliament of the Rights of way Act in 1990 was a further step to protect the existence of rights of way on the ground. A new section, 131A, was included in the 1980 Highways Act to make it explicit that any person who disturbs the surfact of a right of way so as to render it inconvenient for the exercise of the right of way is guilty of an offence. (An Introduction to Highway Law by Michael Orlik).

I hope this helps, good luck

Comments Tony Barnett

"Around 1968 mechanically propelled vehicles (cycles) were given concessionary rights to access bridleways, but the 2000 crow act prohibited cycles on common lands bridle ways, contrary to cyclist that wish to deny that bikes are mechanically propelled."

Tony Barnett writes to Marian Perrott

"Your man at the council offices said that if they stopped adopting/resurfacing bridle paths, the council would need to close down that dept "

Says Tony Barnett

Your man at the council offices said that if they stopped adopting/resurfacing bridle paths, the council would need to close down that dept and loose jobs, keeping that department open then is misuse of rate payers taxes.


Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

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