MSABG help with funding towards new bridleway

MSABG help with funding towards the new bridleway between Lewes and Iford.

Following negotiations between the Iford Estate and the Ramblers, alongside other access organisations, a new bridleway has been opened between Southover, Lewes and Iford, via Rise Farm. The public notice has now been published.

The route, which runs from the bridge under the Lewes by-pass at Cockshut Road, Lewes across the levels to Iford, is a new route for equestrians, cyclists and walkers.  It is part of the growing network of routes for non-powered users south of Lewes and fills a large gap in the rights of way network locally.

The application was submitted by Chris Smith, representing the Ramblers Association (RA) as part of a national campaign to find ‘lost’ byways where there is sufficient documented historical evidence of their existence and past use, so that they can become legally established Right of Ways.

However, funding for the necessary fences and gates to protect livestock was necessary.

This is where MSABG contributed £500, the BHS £2,500, Iford Parish £250, Egrets Way £1000 and SDNPA £1,000. This was on the understanding that the new route would become a definitive bridleway.

Since the previous donations it became apparent that there was a shortfall of £1,961; the SDNPA (South Downs National Park Association) has confirmed £1000 leaving just under £1000 to find – £200 per organisation. The SDNPA will also be funding the cost of new signage for the route and installing it (c £600). It was confirmed that all the gates and fixings will be to BHS standards.

The BHS has offered an extra £200 and the MSABG committee have also agreed to donate an extra £200 as well, making our contribution £700 in total.

The bridleway is legally available for use despite the celebratory opening being cancelled, but others may wish to wait until the fencing has been completed.

See map below of the new bridleway.

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