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Road crossing improvements receive thumbs-up from horse riders

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A new bridleway crossing over a busy section of the A171 near Aislaby, Whitby, is providing a safer route for horse riders, cyclists and walkers in the North York Moors.

The woodland around Aislaby, to the west of Whitby, provides popular routes for many people, whether travelling by two legs or four. However, until now, the vast network of public rights of way has been divided by the busy A171.

Following more than three months work, the new crossing features a ‘holding area’ for horses, allowing riders to wait safely for an opportunity to cross. Moreover, a section of the bridleway leading to the crossing has been diverted, now passing through woodland rather than along the road. National Park Rangers and volunteers assisted with the project by replacing gates and signage, and clearing vegetation to improve sight lines along the road.

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New Route

Naomi Green, Senior Ranger for the North of the National Park, said:

“This is a great achievement and we’re very proud to be able to offer a safe crossing point for such a wide variety of users. More than two miles of connecting public bridleway has been significantly improved this area, with more work planned in the near future.”

William Tait, Chairman of Ryedale Bridleways group, said:

“Ryedale Bridleways group is delighted with the new crossing. The A171 is a busy and fast road and the original crossing was poor, it was not direct and meant riding down the road to reach the opposite bridleway. This was daunting and dangerous and meant many riders purposely avoided this route. The new crossing has good site lines and is direct. I hope all users will take full advantage of this new and safer crossing.

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“We thank all those involved in making such a good job of what was a difficult task.”


Media contact
Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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