Rid­ers want more power on paths

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

CY­CLISTS and rid­ers should have the same ac­cess to the coun­try­side as walk­ers, ac­cord­ing to a del­e­ga­tion led by Bri­tish Cy­cling, which has writ­ten to De­fra and the Welsh As­sem­bly. Ni­cole Lan­der of the Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety says: ‘Bri­tain’s roads have never been busier and we need more off-road routes. The Scot­tish Land Re­form Act 2016 al­lows horse rid­ers the same ac­cess as walk­ers and we would wel­come this in Eng­land and Wales.’ Cy­clists are cur­rently lim­ited to fewer than a third of the 140,000 paths in Eng­land and Wales and rid­ers to only a fifth. The CLA’S ad­vi­sor on ac­cess, Sarah Slade, com­ments: ‘Although mak­ing best use of all paths would be the ideal, it brings prob­lems for landown­ers for whom the coun­try­side is a work­ing land­scape. Open­ing up foot­paths to other users [be­sides walk­ers] would cre­ate a greater bur­den with lit­tle ben­e­fit to their busi­nesses.’ CC

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