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Can you help Doncaster Ramblers with their Lost Ways project?

Doncaster Ramblers ‘Lost Ways’ Project

The beauty of our countryside can often best be seen from our paths, tracks and meandering lanes. Many of these routes are of ancient origin, and many fell into disuse in the last century after the rise of the car and the metalling of principal routes.

When the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000, was passed by parliament an important part of the Act stated that old unrecorded ways should be extinguished to provide certainty to landowners, but 25 more years would be allowed for the legal record to be brought up to date. So, although those routes that are already formally recorded will retain their public rights, unrecorded ways will cease to exist in 2026. Hence we have just 10 years to make claims for any unrecorded routes and to make them into public rights of way.

Doncaster Ramblers has recently established a committee – the Lost Ways committee – specifically to investigate and, if appropriate, to make applications to convert ‘lost ways’ into public rights of way.

To assist us in this work we are contacting all parish and town councils in DMBC to ask for assistance. We would particularly like a point of contact who knows the area well, so that this person can advise us about local lost ways and possibly help us.

We would be grateful if you would pass this information on to anyone in your town or parish who may be able to help in this project.

David Gadd
Chair, Doncaster Ramblers

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