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A landowner, Wayware Ltd of Southrepps Hall, has dedicated a public byway in the parishes of Sustead and Aldborough and Thurgarton in North Norfolk.
The 1,055-metre route leaves Sustead Lane at about 300 yards west of St Peter and St Pauls’ church, Sustead, running in a west-south-westerly direction. It connects Sustead Lane and Bessingham Road and will enable walkers, riders, cyclists and carriage drivers to take a pleasant shortcut away from traffic.
Our local correspondent for Norfolk, Ian Witham, had been researching evidence for the inclusion of this route as a public highway on Norfolk County Council’s official map of public rights of way. It is vital to record ancient paths before 1 January 2026, the day when many unrecorded paths will be extinguished.
Ian is delighted that the landowner has voluntarily agreed to dedicate the route, thereby enabling the path to be added to the map without a long, complex claiming procedure involving the hard-pressed local authority.
Says Ian: ‘We congratulate and thank Wayware Ltd for being so public-spirited and agreeing that this route should be recorded as a public path. It will bring great pleasure to all those who walk, ride and cycle in the area. We hope that other landowners will follow Wayware Ltd’s example and dedicate routes which might otherwise be lost.’