Here Be Dragons

How things change. This photograph shows an entrant in the Beamish Trophy Trial (for old motorbikes, and even-older owners) held in the North Pennines recently. The (new) warning sign is at the top of a steep and stony unclassified road, and if a truck tried, then it would probably get to the bottom, but perhaps … [Read more…]

Restoring the Record: Second Edition

Restoring the Record: Second Edition Sarah Bucks and Phil Wadey 2017 ISBN 978-0-9574036-1-1 £32. Bucks and Wadey Publishing, Bryants Farm, Dowlish Wake, Ilminster TA19 0NX. Check for availability, payment & postage costs, at Available from the National Archives Bookshop and the BHS Bookshop. In the rather strange world of ‘lost ways’ and the definitive … [Read more…]

Seal of Disapproval?

Sometimes you might think that there are few surprises left in rights of way casework. You might be wrong. At the end of August 2017, Cheshire East Council made and published two ‘unremarkable’ s.257 diversion orders, and circulated the notice and copy orders to the usual list of statutory bodies. For no obvious reason, these … [Read more…]

Piddlehinton: Poisoned by Policy?

On 24 September 2004, Jonathan Stuart of Friends of Dorset’s Rights of Way (FoDRoW) applied to Dorset County Council for a definitive map modification order to ‘upgrade’ various public bridleways to byways open to all traffic (BOAT). These were 4 Piddlehinton, 14 (part) and 5 Piddletrenthide, 11 Cheselbourne, and 3 (part) Piddlehinton. There were two … [Read more…]

Never Let …

… the facts spoil a good campaign. Cycling UK is strongly supporting Welsh Government consultation proposals to widen access opportunities for cyclists west of Offa’s Dyke. In a recent news release email, Paul Tuohy, Cycling UK’s chief executive, urges cyclists to respond to the consultation to achieve “the lifting of restrictions to increase access for … [Read more…]

Oakridge Lane

Trail Riders Fellowship v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 18 July 2017. CO/762/2017. Mr Justice Holman. Oakridge Lane, near Radlett, Hertfordshire, is an undisputed ancient public vehicular highway (a ‘main road’), effectively split into two parts by its crossing of The Brook, a meandering and somewhat mobile stream, which now … [Read more…]

Louise Braham: an Appreciation

Louise Braham, who died recently, was the inspiration for the Byways and Bridleways Trust, an original trustee, first editor of Byway and Bridleway, and founder of the Rights of Way Law Review. A barrister by profession, a farmer by choice, and an equestrian by passion, Louise and the other founders, already working for rights of … [Read more…]

Modification Notices in Wales.

When an Inspector proposes to confirm an order with modifications, those modifications often require a further round of advertisement and the opportunity to object. The period in which such objections (or representations) can be made is set out in, e.g., a ‘Notice of Proposal to Modify Definitive Map Order’. In England, PINS in Bristol sends … [Read more…]

More Drift in Wales

It looks like Wales will soon slide even further away from England in matters of rights of way and other access law and practice. Written Statement – Improving Opportunities to Access the Outdoors for Recreation. 13 February 2017. Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs. Wales needs a better and fairer approach to public access … [Read more…]

Surveyors’ Accounts

In the first quarter of the 19th Century there were more ‘surveyors of highways’ than you could shake a stick at: the thick end of seventeen thousand of them in England and Wales. After the commencement of the Highway Act 1835 the job got a bit more rigorous, and better records were kept. One enterprising … [Read more…]