Bridleway Project

Batley's Coal Pit Lane bridleway or footpath 26 runs from Chaster Street, Carlinghow to Healey Lane, and is used by walkers and people taking a shortcut between Carlinghow and Healey. Until the mid 1980s, members of the Civic Society made annual maintenance visits to the pathway keeping the trees, hedgerows and brambles cut back. Sadly, over the past twenty years or so since the society gave up its annual visits, the path had become overgrown and in parts dangerous and in some stretches almost impassable due to the vigorous growth of Mother Nature.

At a meeting of the Society in 2005, members decided to once again take the upkeep of this now neglected bridleway under its wings. In the past four years the bridleway has gone from being used as a dumping ground for anything from old cars and bikes to partly empty tins of paint and bags of rubbish, into a walker and horserider friendly environment. Thanks to grants from Kirklees Environmental unit and Batley's area committee, plus the Lottery Funded "Awards-for-All", we have been able to erect two gates, one for walkers and the other larger gate for the use of horseriders, purchased and have fitted a seating bench, put up a number of bird-boxes and water feeders, have planted winter flowering bulbs as well as keep up the maintenance of the greenery that borders the paths. In 2009, this once again neglected area is now once again a safe and welcoming green environmental asset to Batley with pleasing views over the surrounding fields.


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