Information notification from Mike Rhodes at Peak District National Parks Authority:
Please see below some news from Derbyshire County Council Rights of Way Department.
From Wednesday 11 July there will be limited access to the byway open to all traffic (BOAT) route at Long Causeway, Stanage Edge.
The width of the route is being restricted by Derbyshire County Council to prevent further damage to a retaining wall.
Vehicles over 1.5 metres wide will not be able to use the route between Dennis Knoll in Derbyshire and Redmires Reservoirs in Sheffield until 10 January 2013.
Barriers will be erected at each end of the route to control access.
The council will be carrying out a survey to assess the condition of the wall.
Your co-operation and understanding during this time is appreciated.
ROW May Update
Long Causeway (aka Stanage Edge) Derbyshire
Derbyshire County Council Highways department have confirmed that Long Causeway will be temporarily closed for 3 months from 1st May 2012 to enable repairs to be carried out to a failed culvert. The closure prevents vehicles from using the route.
Agnes Meadow Lane (A.K.A. Madge Hill) near Kniveton, Derbyshire
Agnes Meadow Lane will be temporarily closed from 9th March until 30th September 2012 to allow repairs to be carried out by Derbyshire County Council.
Rights of Way
They say that a volunteer is worth 10 enlisted men, so it’s a “Hip Hip Hooray” for Brian East, who has stepped forward to act as caretaker for the Rights of Way section.
Brian will do his best to set up a few green lane trips this year amongst a heavy programme of Recovery events, but I’m sure he will be more than be glad to hear from anyone who wants to suggest a new route or lead a bunch of Land Rovers around the countryside.
If you have any suggestions or you wish to support Brian’s efforts, contact him here
Nuneaton Green Laning March 2011
We met up at Junction 10 of the M42, Tamworth at 8.30am; there was a good turn out of 10 vehicles in total. The weather was sunny but breezy as we gathered round and had a cuppa and a chat whilst John Messer tinkered with his motor putting a wading plug in. Ben decided to split the group into 2 groups to make it easier and more enjoyable for people. We led 1 group and Brian East led the other in Stephen’s 90.
We headed off just north of Atherstone, as we approached the lane there were signs with ‘no access’ and ‘road closed’ ahead, this was not a good start to the day. Anyway, we proceeded to the next lane in Sheepy Magna where we did a few lanes, we went through a ford and got a bit muddy before we knew it we had caught up with Brian’s group with the discovery stuck in very deeps ruts, we decided to straddle them learning from the discos experience except for Dave Chesters who had met up with us at this point and decided to get stuck himself but managed to pull himself out with his winch. Any chance to play eh Dave!
We waited so Brian could continue to put some space between the groups and it gave us time to stretch our legs.
We continued on working our way further north up through Barton in the Beans, Shackerstone, Heather, Ravenstone and Packington where we stopped for a bit to eat. After everyone was refreshed, full and happy we started heading south through Normanton Le Heath, Ibstock and down towards Desford. Here we met back up with Brian, it was about 3:00pm we decided to call it a day as we needed to work our way back home, not before stopping off at Packington Ford outside Hampton in Arden, this was a great finish to the day.
For our next adventure Ben is planning a trip over The Long Mynd, Shropshire on Sunday 22nd May, shiny new vehicles welcome. See Jekyll and Hyde Green Lane for details and contact if you would like to come.
If you have anywhere that you would like to go please share your ideas at with us by contacting
There are some successes
The following are extracts from the decision of a Public Inquiry in Derbyshire in February 2010
In effect it gives the rights of way movement nothing new, other than more certainty, in that the route was an ORPA and is now a BOAT, but it does prove that the NERC Act has not hit everything and it is still possible for a Public Inquiry ti find in our favour.
Order Ref: FPS/U1050/7/50
This Order is made under Section 53 (2) (b) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (the 1981 Act) and is known as the Derbyshire County Council (Byway Open to All Traffic from Moor Road to Castlegate Lane - Parishes of Great Longstone and Little Longstone)
Modification Order 2008.
The Order is dated 22nd May 2008 and there were 16 objections outstanding at the commencement of the inquiry.
The Order proposes to modify the Definitive Map and Statement for the area by adding to it a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) as shown in the Order plan and described in the Order Schedule.
The full decision of the enquiry and a map showing and relating to the RoW can be seen at:-