Whiteleyshield Road Saved for the Nation! OK, it is only an upland rough road, not quite a mile and a half in length, but it has taken:
- Ten years.
- Two definitive map modification order applications.
- Two definitive map modification orders.
- Two Secretary of State’s Inspectors.
- One public hearing.
- Three decision letters.
- And a LOT of work by the voluntary sector to get this restricted byway properly recorded and safeguarded.
No partridge, nor pear tree, but I would not be surprised if they were in there somewhere too.
You can find the road by looking on online mapping for Coalcleugh, five miles east of Alston in Cumbria. A bridleway runs west from Coalclough, and a little way along is Sunnyside. From here a black-dash line runs northwards to the motor road a bit south of Carrshield. No track is shown south from Sunnyside, but the order route runs south to the motor road just west of the ‘hairpin’ bend.
The sketch is by Dave Young and is of Norman Canham … must be over 20 years ago now. How time flies. If you want to read the recent decision letter (in two parts) do a Google search for the FPS references and download the digital versions.
FPS/P2935/7/37M (final decision) FPS/P2935/7/37 (interim decision)