Our hardworking footpath officers continue to look after walkers’ interests in the Cleveland Group area. Here are a few of the topics they have dealt with since the last newsletter.


A planning application for drainage works and footpath repairs at the former Rosedale mineral railway, north of Reeking Gill, has been welcomed as this is an area which has been in need of attention for some time. This section of the route is temporarily closed.


We objected to a proposal to divert a footpath at Ingleby Greenhow on the grounds that the new route would be less convenient for walkers and offer no benefits.


The order to create a new footpath near Dunsdale has been confirmed following a public enquiry. The Langbaurgh Loop challenge walk will now make use of this path (Wilton FP231) to avoid the Dunsdale road.


A complaint was received from Teesmouth Bird Club concerning missing signposts at Darlington Back Lane in west Stockton. After confirming that the complaints were valid they were passed to the relevant Public Rights of Way Officer, who agreed to inspect the sites.


Provisional approval has been given for a revised scheme to divert a footpath at Westgate Farm, Commondale.


The disused railway from Runswick Bay to Kettleness is a permissive bridleway. Recently a gate at the Kettleness end was found to be padlocked. On contacting the estate we were told that walkers should climb over. Negotiations are in hand to try to have a bridle gate installed.


In May two of our officers attended a meeting of the North Yorkshire Council’s Countryside Access User Group. They reported that the meeting lasted over 3 hours and achieved very little. Later in the month they represented us at a celebration walk from Helmsley, organised by the North York Moors National Park, to commemorate 50 years of the Cleveland Way. That was much more fun!


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Sunday walks continue to be popular. At the end of May 26 members turned out at Carlton Bank to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Way. On 16 June 17 people enjoyed a meal at the Royal Oak, Great Ayton.


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