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Bridleway opened as decision reversed

Posted 27 January 2010
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Bridleway opened as decision reversed
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A bridleway in the Cleveland area of North Yorkshire will now be open to those who wish to go walking, after the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) overturned a previous ruling that had rejected right-of-way status.

The trail runs between the villages Boosbeck and Slapewath along 1.5 miles of disused former railway line, with the first application by the Ramblers and the Guisborough Bridelway Group for it to be a right-of-way being rejected in 2004 on the grounds that an important document had been lost.

However, the body has been preparing an appeal to the High Court, which is now unnecessary as Defra has stepped in to rule out the 2004 adjudication.

As a consequence, those wishing to enjoy the area can now access the path and if they wish to buy some men's walking shoes or women's walking shoes they can find the nearest Go Outdoors store in Stockton-on-Tees.

Various footpaths have been constructed across the country on former railway lines, with other examples in the north of England including the Middlewood Way, which runs for more than 11 miles from Marple in Greater Manchester to Macclesfield in Cheshire.

Posted by Brandon Egley