Here's a message from Gloucestershire Area Ramblers' Chair, Bernard Gill with news of a free day out in May!
We're trying to find people interested in mapping and Rights of Way for the attached free seminar on Sunday 13th May in Bishops Cleeve.
As you may know many ancient public rights of way could be extinguished on 1st January 2026 under the Countryside and Rights of WayAct 2000
Ramblers, British Horse Society and Open Spaces Society are funding 2 seminars each this year which anyone willing to help can attend, although places are limited. The British Horse Society event at Bishops Cleeve may be our nearest.
Please show this message to any rider, walker, cyclist, runner, carriage driver, mobility vehicle user, history buff,
who may be interested..
As things stand, many unsurfaced roads/ORPAs (Other Routes with Public Access) may be lost in 2026.
(These are often shown on ordnance survey as routes with green dots)
The landowner will be entitled to bar us ( walkers/runners, horse riders, cyclists, disability scooters/trail riders/carriage drivers etc.) unless these rights can be shown fully on the County’s definitive map. These may be part of your regular routes today.
The British Horse Society two courses are at Chipping Norton and near Cheltenham on 12 and 13 May, respectively. They are free to attend, but please bring a packed lunch and a lap top. Research will include finding mapping in the record office for Enclosure Award, Finance and Tythe Maps etc.
The task for users in Gloucestershire is going to be huge, and having a cross-section group of riders, walkers, cyclists and historians is the only realistic way to approach this to try to get the County covered without duplication.
Chair, Gloucestershire Ramblers Area