The British Horse Society is lobbying hard, in England, for the 2026 deadline to be extended by 5 years until 2031, there is provision for such an extension in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Any extension for a longer period would require new legislation something that would be hard to achieve at present.
The Society’s Access Field Officers, Access and Bridleway Officers and 2026 Volunteers are currently working to save as many historical routes as possible from the cut off date but need more time to ensure that important routes are not extinguished. The link below to the following petition proposes a ten year extension.
The petition currently has approximately 4,000 signatories, 10,000 signatories will ensure the government responds to the petition, 100,000 signatories will ensure the petition is considered for debate by Government.
The more people that sign this petition will assist our lobbying for the 2026 cut off date to be extended.
The petition deadline is 4 February 2021.
Extend the 2026 deadline for the recording of historic footpaths & bridleways. - Petitions (parliament.uk)