Horse riders on the Isle of Wight will forever be able to enjoy a longer riding circular route after a landowner kindly dedicated a permissive bridleway to an officially recorded public bridleway.
The route which runs over Nunwell estate was originally a footpath before Mrs Fanny Oglander allowed riders to use it as a permissive bridleway in 2000.
The now Definitive Public Bridleway, is a very useful link which connects another bridleway (B26) with a currently unrecorded historic route along Brading Down.
As a gesture of appreciation the Isle of Wight Bridleway Group arranged a meeting alongside one of the new gates supplied by the Isle of Wight Council to express their thanks to Mrs Oglander with the presentation of a token bouquet and also to thank Mr Darrel Clark the Isle of Wight Council Public Rights of Way Manager for his departments’ contribution in carrying out the legal requirements and installing new gates.
Tricia Merrifield, Chair of the Isle of Wight Bridleway Group, said: “We’re delights that Mrs Oglander has dedicated this route for walkers, cyclists and horse rides to use now and in the future. If every landowner was like her our equestrian lives would be so much easier. It’s fantastic how willing she’s been to have riders on her land.”
The route will now appear on the next edition of the Ordnance Survey Maps of the Isle of Wight.
Pictured from left to right are Bridleway Group members Barry Penn on Hattie,Val Penn on Winnie, landowner Mrs Fanny Oglander, Public Rights of Way Manager Mr Darrel Clark and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Isle of Wight Bridleways Group, Tricia Merrifield and Sheila Weedall