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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.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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