A bridleway that was lost in Silkstone has been restored for horse riders and cyclists to enjoy.
The route was discovered by Gale Jacques, the BHS Access and Bridleways Officer for Silkstone, after she looked at maps dating back to 1820. It revealed that the route had been wrongly noted as a footpath.
Riders can now ride round the circular route through Hugset Wood in Yorkshire and across the M1 – instead of having to turn around and come home.
It’s thought that the route was probably recorded incorrectly when the M1 was constructed.
Gale told the BHS: “Other riders and I around the area have ridden this route for years so it’s great to have it correctly recorded as a bridleway on the definitive map.
“I’d like to thank the equestrians who gave evidence of where they had been riding and Georgina Hartley, County Access & Bridleways Officer for her support in my first application.”
Riders have until 1 January 2026 to record rights of way. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, states that pre-1949 routes must be recorded on a definitive map, or they will be extinguished. This will mean a loss of an estimated 20,000 routes.