Bridleway rights and farmers
Farmers may only plough up rights of way across a field if they cannot reasonably avoid doing so, and they should not disturb the surface of field edge paths. Any bridleway that is ploughed up is supposed to be restored within two weeks of ploughing so that it is fit for horses to ride and its line is clear to see. It is a criminal offence under The Rights of Way Act 1990 to plough up a bridleway illegally or to fail to restore it within 2 weeks, and the maximum penalty is £1,000. The 1990 Act has cleared up several legal uncertainties in this area and made enforcement easier – but in practice, although things have significantly improved, ploughing up is still quite frequent and restoration not always as prompt as it should be.
That’s useful info tinribz. Just found the page on the Hampshire website.Posted 8 years ago
I can understand this farmer being a PITA cos his fields are mostly used by the local chavs on their monkey bikes.
I’ll give it a couple of weeks, see if the path is reinstated.
Ironically, the gate leading to this bridalway was only cleared a couple of weeks ago after being overgrown for about 2 years!
Oh, and it’s actually ok to get muck on mountain bikes..
LOL! I’m going to take a photo of it – this is the stuff that makes your feet look like you’re wearing snowshoes, your bike would turn into a 50lb lump of soil. It’s not just a bit of muck you know!
Like this, but thicker and more stickyPosted 8 years ago
Funnily enough, that’s almost exactly what my dog did last night – ran down our usual path, hit a furrow and fell flat on her nose!
Actually, I’m a bit depressed now – I’ve search this place on the net and found that they are going to be building industrial units all over my dog walking patch. Bastards.Posted 8 years agoowenfackrellMember
goldenwonder – Member
So what’s he supposed to do? Not plough his field & get on with his work, just so you can stay clean & have an easy ride? Give him chance & he’ll more than likely reinstate it.
he isn’t ment to plow a right of way that runs along the edge of a field. one that goes over the middle is fair and you have to give them a chance to reinstate it.Posted 8 years agotrailmonkeyMember
As a farmer, I believe he is entitled to do whatever he wants, claim large sums of money to do so, leave the highways in sh1te order on his way to/from doing whatever he pleases, then shoot your dog and blame the whole mess on you and the Govt for not “unnerstaanden the wayzz o the cundry”.Posted 8 years ago
I guess your a city dweller, or at best one of those people who lives in a village and likes to think of themselves as being somehow better for it. Inspite fo the fact tyou have never met one of your neighbours, argue about the colour of the others fence, have never attended the parish council meeting, ignore the local shop (ohh its a shame it having to close, i would use it honest, someone should do something, wont someone please think of the children?) and shop at tesco’s 15 miles away, driving there in your range rover because your from the country arent you, and it might snow some time meaning that little Jemmima and Simon need your tank to get them to school. Meanwhile the same little shits are the ones buying cheep cider from the shop (keeping it in busines) and depositing the empty bottles allong with x hundred used condoms/burnt out nova’s/vodca bottles down at the dirt jumps.
If it anoys you that much leave us alone and go live in a block of flats and lean to ride street and parks.Posted 8 years agotrailmonkeyMember
thisisnotaspoon, I’m none of the above. I live in the country, run a business that brings much needed tourist pounds to the area, play an active part in the community, use the village P.O/shop, send my kids ( not named Jemmima and Simon ) to school on the school bus and generally live a fulfilling life albeit one where I have to put up with the local farming community acting like the law is something that other people have to abide by.
BTW, if I were you, I’d retract the section of your post refering to my children as little shits.Posted 8 years ago
sorry, got a little wound up,
far too many people in chelsea tractors round here wingeing about people who actualy try to make a living from the countryside.
its his field, how about holding a ploughing match in your office, after all its not liek your wanting to inconvenience his work for the benifit of your hobby?Posted 8 years agomolgripsSubscriber
its his field, how about holding a ploughing match in your office, after all its not liek your wanting to inconvenience his work for the benifit of your hobby?
Surely as per the example above, it wouldn’t take much do drive a tractor/landy down the path of the ROW a few times as a token gesture. Maybe even get the roller out?Posted 8 years ago
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