BBT JOURNEY for ACCESS 2016
(A ride of some 300 miles across southern England)
April 2016: find Journey for Access 2016 on the Just Giving website here.
May 2016: find the route information booklet here.
An unrecorded lane.
Provisional Dates: 19th June-10th July 2016 Final dates will be announced once the final route is known and details of start, overnight stops and finish confirmed.
A team of three core riders will ride from one southern National Park to the newest National Park. It will start in West Devon (Dartmoor) via Dorset around the coast, via Poole (urban fringe riding) to finish in the New Forest. The objectives are as follows:
2026 Cut Off Date: This is the date when all unrecorded public rights of way are to be extinguished by statute. The maxim “Once a highway, always a highway” (unless legally extinguished) has stood the test of time since 1189 and has been negated by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 which will extinguish all unrecorded highway rights.
Many thousands of miles of ancient byways and bridleways were incorrectly recorded as footpaths after the Second World War, when riding was at a low ebb and local authorities, as now, were keen to minimise their perceived maintenance burden. But over the years through much hard work, volunteers have caused hundreds of miles of those missing byways and bridleways to be recorded on the definitive maps of public rights of way.
As well as using byways and bridleways, the ride will utilise many unrecorded routes to highlight what will be lost in 2026 unless there is concerted effort to record them properly. Detours will be necessary to avoid links which have become dangerous roads or where the old route has been lost to urban development.
Fund Raising: The team will be encouraging riders to join them on certain days and for funds to be raised by all for the work of the Trust and its Legal Fund, (5% to the BHS Legal Access Fund) to enable more routes to be preserved for the enjoyment of this and all future generations.
So Mount Up and Be Counted: Ride somewhere new with your horse or your cycle, and start raising funds to help the preservation of these ancient lanes. For further details please contact: Catriona Cook: Clockswood@outlook.com
An unrecorded lane.
Use of Funds: In 2015 the Trust invested £3,000 in legal representation at the Appeal Court in the Andrews #2 case. This was successful and should lead to Inclosure Awarded roads and bridleways which are less than 30 feet wide being able to be properly recorded and thus saved for use by all. Since the 1993 Andrews #1 case, recording of these routes had been denied.