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People power saves Yorkshire bridleway from being wiped off map

A section of a bridleway in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, has been saved from closure following an objection by the Byways and Bridleways Trust, British Horse Society and local resident Alan Kind.

But a question mark still hangs over the route, reports Horse & Hound magazine.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) issued an order to delete part of the bridleway when it was pointed out to them that it, on the definitive map, ran through the wall of a church located within the Marrick Priory.

This deletion would leave a 50 yard gap between the bridleway and where it joins the main road, thereby, making it "useless" according to the Byways and Bridleways Trust.

And government-appointed independent inspector Mark Yates agreed, saying: "I find it likely that the subsequent recording of the way arose from an error when it was transposed onto the smaller scale maps.

"I believe it would be wrong, on the balance of probabilities, to take the view that a bridleway does not exist in this locality and consideration should be given to modifying the definitive map to record the way on its correct alignment. I do not consider that I have sufficient information to enable me to modify the Order in this case so as to accurately describe the route of the bridleway.

"Therefore, it will be for the Authority to determine whether an Order should be made … to modify the alignment of the relevant part of Bridleway No 28."

The Trust is now calling for the YDNPA to "regain its credibility" by implementing a definitive map modification order to put the bridleway on the correct line.