Longleat Estate confirms National Cycle Routes 24 and 25 remain open to cyclists
Situation remains "under review" but Sustrans says signage removed in error will be replaced...

Sustrans has told road.cc that it has received confirmation from the Longleat Estate that cyclists will be continued to allow to use the sections of National Cycle Route 24 and 25 that run through the grounds of the stately home in Wiltshire, although it adds that the issue of access remains "under review."

As reported on road.cc last week, there had been fears that Longleat had revoked licences granted to Sustrans to allow cyclists to use the routes in question, with the removal of National Cycle Network signage within the estate and reports of at least one cyclist being turned away adding to the confusion.

However, Alistair Millington, area manager for Wiltshire at the sustainable transport charity, today told road.cc: "Longleat Estate has confirmed that National Cycle Route 24 and 25 can remain open for the time being.

"The situation is under review but I have been told they will discuss any proposed changes with us in advance.

'The removal of signing through the Estate last week was an error and we will be rectifying that as soon as possible," he added.

The Longleat Estate has been undertaking a review of public access to the estate following a number of incidents there including a burglary, partly in reaction to police advice and requirements set out by its insurers, according to a spokesman quoted on the This Is Bath website.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago

under review = we got it wrong but we won't admit it. if they are worried about security, maybe they should install cameras.

BigAl [1 post] 3 years ago

Of course, how stupid of us not to realise. Cycle paths are a major cause of burglaries so shutting them will stop those nasty burglars. That'll show them. Next time they show up on their bicycles to commit a large scale country house burglary they are really in for a shock.  3

corshamjim [5 posts] 3 years ago

I have a public road in front of my house and behind it too. No choice about that. How the other half live eh?

Daddylonglegs [13 posts] 3 years ago

This is very good news for the time being at least. There has been a great deal of doubt put about (deliberately in my view) about the future for the route.

It's a fact that Longleat have come under a fair bit of pressure on this over the last month and it may be that this has been a factor in there 'clarifying' the situation.
I love the bit about the removal of the signs being "an error".