BYWAYS ACROSS THE ISLE OF WIGHT CLOSED FOR THE WINTER MONTHS

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The Isle of Wight Council’s Rights of Way team has closed the Island’s Byways to motor vehicles for the winter season, effective from 9th October.

The reason for closures is that unbound surfaces become soft and are easily damaged during the wet months. Motor vehicle use causes deep ruts and the surfaces get churned up with the result of making them impassable and dangerous for all users. Furthermore, rectifying the damage is extremely costly and time-consuming.

The Rights of Way team wait as long as possible before invoking the motor vehicle closure, although this is not always popular with those drivers who enjoy off-roading. However, drivers are being asked to be considerate and to comply with the closures in order to protect the Rights of Way network for the benefit of everyone.

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Winter closures have no effect for walkers, equestrians, carriage drivers or cyclists or any motorist lawfully driving to access land or property adjacent to the closed sections of byway.

The Island’s Rights of Way network, including Byways (which are also referred to as BOAT’s – Byways Open to All Traffic) can be found by looking at the Isle of Wight Council’s Definitive Map at https://www.iwight.com/rightsofwaymaps/.

The Byways which will be affected are listed below:

• A25 (Great East Standen Lane) between its junctions with Burnt House Lane and Public Byway A28.

• A28 (St George’s Down) between its junctions with Arreton Cross and approximately the entrance into Newport Golf Club off St Georges Lane.

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• B13 (Galleyhorn Lane) from its junction with Byway B14 to its junction with byway R63 (Attrills Lane).

• B14 (Galleyhorn Lane) from its junction with Byway B15 / B15A to its junction with Byway B13.

• B21 (Ricketts Hill) from its junction with West Lane to its junction with Rowborough Lane

• B33 (Kern) from its junction with Kern Lane to its junction with Brading Down Road

• B35 between its junctions with Kern Lane and Public Byway NC45A

• BB37 (Peacock Hill) from its junction with the B3395 Sandown / Bembridge Road to a point approx. 400 metres south of Hillway Road

• BS76 (Hulverstone Lane) from its junction with Military Road to a point approx. 110 metres south of Brighstone Road

• BS86 from its junction with Byway BS89 to its junction with Dunsbury Farm Lane.

• BS89 from its junction with Byway F55 to its junction with Byway BS53

• BS100 (Riget Lane) from its junction with Military Road to a point approx. 140 metres south of Brighstone Road

• BS101 (Blind Lane) from its junction with Hoxall Lane to its junction with Brook Road

• BS104 (Pitt Place Lane) from its junction with Hoxall Lane to a point approx. 260 metres south of Brook Road

• BS106 (Sheep Lane) between its junctions with Brook Farm Close and the Military Road.

• C32A (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Appleford Road and Public Byway SW41.

• GL30 (Bobbestone Farm) between its junctions with Lessland Lane and Public Byway NC33.

• GL48 (Part) from its junction with Byway V57 until its junction with Bridleway GL51 (at car parking area)

• F55 from a point approx. 530 metres east of its junction with Military Road to its junction with Byway BS89.

• NC33 (Bobberstone Farm) between its junctions with Canteen Road and Public Byway GL30.

• NC45A (Lower Knighton Lane) between its junctions with Public Byway B35 and its junction with Knighton Shute / Knighton Lane.

• R63 (Attrills Lane) from its junction with Byway B13 for a distance of approx. 200 metres.

• SS17 (Lower Hyde Estate) from its junction with byway SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) to its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane

• SS18 from its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane to its junction with A3056 Newport Road, Lake

• SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) from its junction with Cliff Bridge, on the A3020 Godshill Road / Victoria Avenue to its junction with byway SS17

• SW41 (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Emmett Hill and Public Byway C32A.

• SW56 (Dungewood Lane) between its junctions with Kingston Road and its junction with Atherfield Road.

• V62 for its whole length from its junction with Byway V60 at Week Farm Lane to its junction with Byway V57.

•V57 for its whole length from its junction with Byway V62 to its junction with Byway GL48

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3 months ago

Kern lane is concreted over so should not be on the list

Fred Nurke
Fred Nurke
3 months ago

Since the 9th October? Someone has taken a long time to announce this.
These are historic rights of way.

Drewstone
Drewstone
2 months ago

Who cares … nobody !!!

We Do Ron ron
We Do Ron ron
Reply to  Drewstone
2 months ago

Asshat! I care and every other person who enjoys off road driving

Drewstone
Drewstone
Reply to  We Do Ron ron
2 months ago

You’re a menace carving up the landscape !

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