Chilterns bridleway help please (near Fingest)
I think I know where you mean CG – its marked as a BW on the map but on the ground its a FP. I think the sign is wrong – if anyone asks just tell them that in all likelihood the signage is wrong as the map is more current. Ive been riding it for yrs with no bother. Where you headed after that?Posted 8 years ago
So I take it you have come up through Mousells Wood from Hanger Farm/Fingest Lane yeah? If so then the BW does end at a Kissing Gate with a large brick wall on the LH side. If thats the case then I think the best way through Adams Wood is to be a little cheeky & follow the FP to your right & then left through Adams. The BW along the field edge is really just a deep & narrow drainage ditch & not much fun. Does that make sense? Or have I got you (& me) totally lost?Posted 8 years ago
I'm confused 😳
Can any Chiltern locals help please? Grid reference SU788912 Mousells Wood – this is definitely marked on my OS map as a bridleway although the actual sign says it is a footpath.
Ascending the hill you reach a junction where the footpath continues straight ahead and the bridleway bears to the right. This leads to a kissing gate (exiting the wood) where I have to lift my bike over it. So it can't be a bridleway then.
I am assuming I have lost the line of the bridleway but do not understand where. Can anyone help please?
Thank you so much!Posted 8 years ago
Thanks for checking that out Dickyboy. Am sure I've seen hoof prints there too.
Should I still use it cos the alternative way is a huge loop, don't want a slap on the wrist from anyone.
Actually, as a matter of interest, is the Chilterns Definitive Map online at all?Posted 8 years ago
Yeh I'm sure I saw horse prints there on Saturday too, not been there enough to know if you'd get a slap on the wrist but there is a no cycling sign on the gate, which usually warns me off. Personally if you are in small numbers (max 3) I'd keep using it until told otherwise.
Bucks CC definitive rights of way maps are only available to view at their various council offices, but the rights of way officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) seem to answer specific queerys very quickly if you give them the right info (GR's etc).
Strictly speaking the definitie map only confirms the affirmative – ie if it's on the map it is definitely a right of way – if it's not on the map it doesn't mean it isn't a right of way if you get what I mean??Posted 8 years ago
Me too – I checked with CC definitive map and it is a footpath. Boo.
I use it as a fun challenging climb then on to Hatchet wood descent.Posted 8 years ago
Always used it (as nick says have a map on you to show anyone if questioned and pleed innocence), never had any problems, unlike the Hatchet descent, which is definately a bridleway and legit!
Don't remember the 'no cycling' sign there, can it be, er, tampered with 😉
Am hoping to organise another Chilterns ride in the Spring so if any of you chaps would like to assist, that would be excellent!
That descent is such fun, how it didn't end in tears I will never know.Posted 8 years ago
CG – From the Little Frieth side as you enter the woods through the wooden kissing gate there is a little no cycling sign. Usually cycle with just myself or + 1 (read misserable git) but have done a couple of bike bashes this year & lived round these parts for 35 years, so feel free to email me with any details of help wanted or rides coming up. I was thinking of popping over to Swinley on the 7th Feb just to say hello anyway 😉Posted 8 years ago
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