Don’t fence us OUT

CONCERNED RAMBLERS are fighting to keep access to one of the area’s most-loved trails after claiming it was blocked off without explanation.

The ‘Delph Donkey’ footpath and bridleway, which runs through to Uppermill, has been obstructed by a fence at the Delph Station approach entrance adjacent to derelict mills. P5 - No entry - Delph Donkey

They claim this has compelled walkers to join the trail via steep steps further down Delph New Road, which has caused problems.

Sean Butler, 34, of Grains Road, said: “There were other attempts to block off the path but it was clear after a few days – until now.

“My wife Helena and I frequently use the trail but now she has just had a baby it will be pretty much out of bounds via this new entrance, especially if she is trying to access it on her own with a pram.

“While the steps might be fine for some, it prohibits joining the trail for people who are less able or users with pushchairs, wheelchairs, bicycles, possibly even horses.

“The next available level access point is at Dobcross, meaning users miss out on a good proportion of the traffic-free nature trail.”

Gerry Royle, of Saddleworth Runners, frequently uses the path and hopes to get a right of way to keep the trail open based on years of continuous use.

“I was very disappointed to see the ugly closure of this well-used footpath,” he said.

“I am aware the continuation of the bridleway goes through private land, but so do most rights of way on farm land.

“I have used this path for some 30 years. It is a clear, safe and attractive at a time Oldham is trying to attract visitors.

“I know this path is used by many family groups, walking groups, mountain bikers and runners and whole classes of pupils using Castleshaw Centre.

“This is a very dangerous place to cross. To continue to Delph ‘Station’ is much safer and the zebra can be used if required.”

After exhaustive enquiries the Independent could not make contact with the owners of the land. If they would like to contact us, please call Aimee on 07960 123879.

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