Muddy Lane

On 22nd July 2019, Mark Yeats an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed the Muddy Lane Map Modification Order.

This means that Muddy Lane is now a bridleway and can be used by cyclists.

In conjunction with Woking Cycle Users Group we made an application for this lane to be promoted from footpath to bridleway back in 2013.  It has taken over six years to get to this point and many people have made a small or large contribution to the process as it went along.  I’d like to thank everyone who helped by giving evidence.  It was the weight of evidence of use over the years that was a significant factor in the final decision.  The following paragraph from Mark Yeats summing up is testament to that:

For these reasons I conclude on the balance of probabilities that the dedication of a public bridleway at common law can be implied from the evidence of use and the conduct of the landowners prior to the erection of the no entry signs.

Muddy Lane is has become somewhat overgrown in recent years  but already, since the decision, some of the brambles have been cut back and is now usable by cyclists again.

Bike Ride

Our ride this month will be this weekend on Sunday 11th at 10:00am.

We meet outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and the route will be about 45 kilometers on a mix of roads and a few paths with lunch at a Cafe in Great Bookham.

Our route will take us through Byfleet, Wisley and Effingham before a long but gentle climb up to Ranmore Common.  Passing Ranmore Church we drop down until we reach Chapel Hill which is short but sharp.  We will stop for lunch at a Cafe in Great Bookham and then head back via Bookham Common and Downside.

The full route map is here:

The ride will be on a mix of roads and a few paths.  The total distance will be about 45km, which is around 27 miles.

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 8th September.