Rights of Way – our footpaths and bridleways ( Part 2 )
Footpaths can be walked on foot but not cycled or ridden on horseback. Bridleways can be ridden by horse or cycled. We’ve bridleways leading to Little Houghton and Whiston, illustrated again below, that can be used in this way.
The bridleway to Little Houghton from the N end of Lower End leaving the Billing Road at Chapman’s Corner. The view looking west.
The beautiful and sinuous route of the bridleway to Whiston just beyond Whiston Spinney south of Cogenhoe Quarry
The exception is ‘Bridle Path’ which although it can be used on horseback cannot be used by bicycles for the sake of safety. You will notice that there are signs at either end.
There are three ways in which you can find out where these ways are and whether or not they are footpaths and bridleways.
Many of our paths, like our roads, are very old. Some were created in 1829 when the parish was subject to Parliamentary Inclosure and many of our hedges and ways were formed. Others are older still, often possibly ancient, and will have been downgraded over time from roads to footpaths or bridleways. Just beyond the Old Farm, for instance, there is a clear imprint in the grass of the road which led to Whiston and connected, at Whiston Walls or Warren (where the 4 way fingerpost is), with the footpath to Cogenhoe which used to be a road called Short Lane.
The bridleway near the Old Farm which leads to Whiston and gives access to footpaths to Cogenhoe and Denton. Notice the ancient ‘holloway’ or worn sunken track visible in the shape of the land. This is looking SW towards the Old Farm.
Today this is a bridleway and, in the opinion of the writer, when used in a circuit via the edge of Cogenhoe Quarry and the Pocket Park is the nicest circular walk of all those on our doorstep.
The eastern end of Cogenhoe Quarry from the bridleway to Whiston. View looking north west
Steps leading up the side of Cogenhoe Quarry – the circular route to Cogenhoe via the Whiston bridleway. Steps on the other side of the quarry are known as Jerusalem Steps and the path descends the hill alongside the cutting that has a railway line leading into the quarry.
The History part of the website provides some images of earlier maps on which some of the routes are shown.
Historic Maps Link to Historical maps.
Rights of Way (Part 1) Link to Rights of Way – our footpaths and bridleways ( Part 1)
Date last updated: 16 Sep 2007 Valid until: 31 Dec 2007