If you use bridleways (which I am sure most of you do) then please sign the petition to protect them.
The 2026 deadline for claiming unrecorded bridleways and getting them onto the map of rights of way is fast approaching. There is growing pressure to extend the deadline and a petition has been launched. Any routes not claimed by 2026 will be lost for ever.
Extend the existing deadline of 1st January 2026 to record historic paths onto Definitive Maps (as required by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000) for a further 10 years until 2036. Recording a single path can take years, more time is needed to record them all, or they will be lost for ever.
Staffs CC is at last planning to repair the Hollinsclough Rakes (Swan Lake and Limer Rake). It is also carrying out a preliminary consultation on which categories of users should be allowed to use the Rakes after they are repaired.
PHP members have told us that before the Rakes were used by off-roaders, riders used to be able to canter up them. Both Rakes are now so badly damaged and dangerous that they have been closed to all users for several years.
Please take part in the consultation. And please forward this email to your riding and walking contacts, especially those in Staffs or on the Derbyshires/Staffs border.
PHP will respond the consultation as an organisation and will be urging Staffs to put a full Traffic Regulation Order on both Rakes, ie excluding motor vehicles at all times.
Following the recent announcement of another national lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, we are saddened to announce that the current interpretation is that all BRC activity, bar virtual activity, must cease during this time. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes all activities run under the BRC banner, including competitions, training, clinics and camps. We continue to liaise with the Department for Digital, Media and Sport and Sport England, and will update you further should the advice change. ...