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.