Rathmell Back Lane bridleway improvements
The Back Lane in Rathmell is a designated bridleway but over a period of wet Summers and Winters it had become almost impassible. The Layhead Farm Cottages entrance was at one time so deep in water and mud you had to pick your dog up to get through. The lane is an important asset to the village as it is one of the few places you can walk free from traffic. It starts or finishes near Layhead Farm caravan site and finishes or starts at the sharp bend at the top of the school hill, commonly known as Burton Banks corner. To the many dog walkers in Rathmell it is the one place your dog can run freely.
The condition of the Lane was brought to the attention of Ribblebanks Parish Council and their advice sought as to who was responsible for the upkeep of the lane. Blocked drains, mud and the broken gate at the Layhead end, through which it was impossible to ride on a horse without dismounting were the main issues. After initial consultation with North Yorkshire Highways a plan of action was decided. With considerable help, advice and expertise from Rathmell resident John Garnett and a financial contribution of £1000 from Ribblebanks Parish Council contractors started work during the Winter months. The final stage brought a new swing gate, which opens both directions to enable a horse and rider to pass through without dismounting.
The Lane now is once again dry and a pleasure to stroll with or without a dog. It will still need our residents to keep on top of intrusive nettles and fallen branches but if you have a strimmer and a spare hour to help keep it clear please feel free to do so. Once again, a big thank you goes to John Garnett for the time he spent with the NYCC and the extra work he personally did on the gate, to Ribblebanks Parish Council for their financial support and NYCC Highways for financial contribution towards the balance of the costs.