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Beechwood Park, Holmfield

The artwork for the signs is awaiting approval and costings for the path markings should be ready soon.  When this work is completed the route will be available for use.  We are still sorting out the evidence forms and maps (sorry for the delay) and will let you know when these are ready to be completed.  Much appreciated collaboration with the Council's Park Department for getting this project going with helping keep us off the roads.


Scrapyard track, Holmfield

This route is also being investigated at the moment.  There is a new owner of the scrapyard so access up the bridleway should be much improved instead of parked cars taking up the track.  However, the gate to the whole complex remains a problem 'out of hours'.  Photos have been taken and sent in to the Council who have this a priority route to try and get proper access resolved after many years of struggle.  


Withins to Cold Edge Road, Wainstalls - this bridleway runs off the bridleway up from Wainstalls to the old Withins pub.  Rights of Way made the Wainstalls to Withins route usable again a few years ago and we highlighted the difficulties with using the bridleway running to parallel to Cold Edge Road coming out further down the road at that time.  Most of the route is very boggy and some of it is fenced off, with the diversion over very rough ground.  A locked gate has also appeared on the route.  This route may need enforcement on it to get it usable and Rights of Way/Highways are currently looking into this.  Unfortunately they have many other higher priority routes (such as the Scrapyard track) but this route does cut a fair bit of roadwork out, on an open limit road.


Withins to Ogden Water - we are in the process of finding out whether this land is Council or Yorkshire Water owned and will then approach them for permission to install mounting blocks.  This is quite a feat in itself as the access is not easy.  Updates will follow.


Working Parties - don't forget - any routes that need attention get in touch and we can plan a working party.  We already have the holly bushes on Hagg Lane reported in - thank you Wendy.  We will be arranging a working party for these as soon as possible.


Research - we recently bought copies of the original OS map for the area and the Myers map.  The Myers map was only created in a few areas and usually predates the OS mapping so we are fortunate to have one for our area - particularly if it has evidence of routes we are investigating.


Dave Loney, one of our keen cycling members, recently attended the talk arranged by Lightcliffe and District Local History Society on Highways and Byways - then and now.  Dave said the talk focused mainly on the route of the road from Wakefield to Halifax (known as Wakefield Gate), how it changed including The Magna Via.  The speaker dealt with the road where it came through Hipperholme and Lightcliffe but included the route over Hartshead Moor. He also talked about Till Carr Lane and Bottom Hall saying it was a medieval route. It was a shame our meeting was on the same evening as it sounds really interesting.  Reassuring that most of these routes are still bridleways (or now roads sadly!).  The speaker also mentioned that William Bunting Crump had written on the Ancient Highways of Halifax, copies are in the Annals of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, published around 1926.  It would be interesting to see if we could sight of this.  Thank you for the update Dave.


Horse Accidents - We encourage anyone who has problems whilst riding out, whether it is road rage, a dog attack or other incident, to report it on the BHS horse accident website www.horseaccidents.org.uk  These statistics are collated to see exactly what issues are faced by people hacking out.  They are also used in lobbying the government to try and get horse safety higher on their agenda.





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