We celebrate addition of restricted byway to Norfolk’s path-map 

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We are delighted that our Norfolk local correspondent, Ian Witham, has succeeded in his application to upgrade a public footpath at Mundesley to a restricted byway, with rights for cyclists, horse-riders and carriage-drivers, in addition to walkers. 

From left to right: The SW end of the path looking NE, the overgrown section of path, the NE end of the path looking to the sea. Photographs: Ian Witham

The 60-metre path runs roughly south-west to north-east, between the C634 Cromer Road to the clifftop.  The route was once part of the main coastal road but with the erosion of the cliffs it ceased to be used as such. 

Ian, who earlier this year received the society’s prestigious Eversley Award for his work on paths and open spaces, carried out historical research to show that the route was an old road and should now be recorded as a restricted byway. 

Says Ian: ‘I am delighted that this route has been added to the official map at its correct status.  Unfortunately, though, it is overgrown and I shall be pressing Norfolk County Council to carry out its statutory duty and reopen this blocked highway.’ 

Adds Helen Clayton, one of our case officers: ‘We congratulate Ian for his achievement.  Once cleared, this route will be enjoyed by a range of users, thanks to his efforts.’ 

The route runs between grid reference TG3113 3688 in the south-west and TG 3119 3691 in the north-east.  The arrow on street map here shows the SW terminus.

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