Walkers, horse riders and cyclists in Burstwick, East Yorkshire, are celebrating following the news that a much-needed bridleway that will allow people to avoid two busy roads has been saved thanks to the efforts of the Ramblers and the British Horse Society (BHS).
The bridleway runs between Burstwick and nearby Elstronwick, connecting a dead-end route north of Burstwick with Elstronwick's Fieldend Lane, creating a circular route and meaning those enjoying the area on foot, horseback or two wheels can avoid the dangerous traffic on Daisy Hill Road and Greens Lane.
The bridleway was put under threat when East Riding of Yorkshire Council told the Ramblers and the BHS that there was no evidence of a public right of way over the route between Burstwick and Elstronwick, but we researched historic documents which confirmed the bridleway existed.
The matter went to a public inquiry where Mike Jackson of the East Yorkshire and Derwent Ramblers, and BHS campaigner Catriona Cook convincingly argued the existence of the bridleway using evidence dating back to 1797.
A Planning Inspector ruled that the evidence proved that a bridleway existed over the whole route and this important section of path will now be added to the definitive map - the official record of public paths - protecting and securing it for the future.
"This public right of way will provide a welcome and much-needed link for walkers, riders and cyclists heading north from Burstwick," said Mike Jackson. "They can walk or ride beside the picturesque Burstwick Drain, keeping away from the busy traffic on Daisy Hill Road and Greens Lane, which have no pavements and are very narrow and dangerous for anyone riding or on foot."