LRBA Scalford to Goadby Marwood link threatened ... Please can you help?
BW F18 heads north at Scalford from Sandy Lane (beside the village hall and recreation ground) at Scalford to meet the BW (F28) that runs west from Goadby Marwood to the Eastwell-Scalford Road. Recently the farmer has put up notices saying horses are not allowed across the top field. It turns out F18 is a footpath when it leaves Scalford parish. The county council say the only way to get the footpath onto the Definitive Map as a bridleway is to make a claim based on evidence of use by riders or cyclists.
So we’re looking for names and contact details of riders (or cyclists) who’ve used it regularly – once a year, once a week, once a day – for periods over the last 20 or so years. Without this short link the main part of F18 would be a dead-end and Scalford would not be reachable by BW from Goadby Marwood. Please let Vicky Allen, our Networks Officer, know if you can help, and if any friends or family would also help (with their contact details). She hopes to hear from you soon as we need to deal with this quickly. Email: email@example.com.
Belvoir Castle Car Park
After the reckless parking and littering when lockdown was lifted, the Castle has fenced off the car park and the green space along the road and made the parking paid-for. The barrier opens at about 8am. The row of ticket machines is just inside; most riders will need to pay £4 for “4 hrs and over”. Payment is by cash, card, app etc. You can still park on the grass but exit at the far end is through a narrow pedestrian gate which would need a dismount, lead-through and remount. Otherwise you have to ride on the road, although there is a narrow verge.
Bridleway E117 at Empingham
The new ford on Bridleway E117 at Empingham has now been opened and looks splendid. Please start using it. Thanks to Rutland County Council for getting this work done.
Canal & Riverside Trust (CRT)
Following correspondence with the Canal & Riverside Trust (CRT) the National Federation of Bridleways Associations need those who ride any canal towpath to contact them, especially those on the Leeds/Liverpool canal. Information that they need is:
• Canal name
• Stretch ridden
• Is it a statutory bridleway, concessionary or de facto access?
• How long have you ridden this towpath
• Do you have any knowledge of verified incidents of user conflict?
Please do not dally. They want to strike whilst the iron is hot ... but remember, Canal access was sought by LRBA in the past but without success so don't raise your hopes too high! Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on: 07817 725976
As you know, all off road horse riding routes not registered at present as bridleways or byways have to be added to the definitive map by 31st December 2025 or else they will be lost for ever! The Leicestershire Local Access Forum has set up a special committee to carry out the detailed historic research needed to prove registration and the LRBA Executive Committee have agreed to donate £300 per year from now until 2025 to help with the incidental expenses associated with this work. If you would like to be involved in this project, either by participating or by making a personal donation, please contact our Networks Officer, Vicky Allen email@example.com who will be delighted to hear from you.
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