Orston Lane – Whatton BW 2

DESCRIPTION
This path is the only bridleway in the parish and extends to about 1.6 kilometres. The path raises by 2.8 metres eastbound for a distance of 503 metres. Westbound it raises by 9.8 metres for a distance of 540 metres. There are no gates or obstructions on the Whatton birdleway. The path enters Elston parish via a culvert, the surface of which is very difficult to negoiate (see Maintenace History).

This path provides access to two circular walks via Orston to Aslockton or via Orston and Elton to Whatton via Blackberry Hill (Whatton FP1).

LOCATION AND USAGE
The bridleway leaves the metalled portion of Orston Lane along a track, at the botton of the track the path turns east around the edge of an arable field and passes into Elton by way of a culvert.
The bridleway is (unsurprisingly) used by horse-riders.
DOG WALKERS PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS IN SIGHT AND UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE TRACK PORTION AS HORSE-RIDERS MAY BE ENCOUNTED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT WARNING.

During dry weather the whole of the path in Whatton is relatively easy to walk, but users should be aware of the heavy ‘rutting’ on the path and rabbit holes.

In wet weather and winter there is typically a lot of standing water and poorly maintained hedges on parts of the track make using the bridleway (on foot) very difficult.
Bridleway.
MAINTENANCE HISTORY
January 2014
– The weight limit signs for the bridge over the Whippling have been replaced. Signs shows ‘Weak Bridge’ 3ton m.g.w (maximum gross weight)
4th August 2014 – Nottinghamshire County Council confirmed that there was a plan to clear the ‘self-set’ verges in the autumn of 2014 and then would look at the hedges and possibly the surface with the landowners. The would also liase with the Internal Drainage Board to repair the surface of the culvert where the bridleway crosses into Elton-on-the-Hill Parish.
August 2014 – Nottinghamshire County Council performed a ‘grass-cut’ on the verges where there was no ‘self-set’ scrub.
October 2014 – Landowner (John Manchester) cut most the hedge on the northern side of the Bridleway. None of the self-set scrub was removed.
November 30th 2014 – No evidence of any work by Nottinghamshire County Council or the Internal Drainage Board.
Post November 2014 – Most of the self-set scrub along the length of the portion between the bridge and the arable portion was removed by Nottinghamshire County Council.
August 2016 – No follow up cutting has been performed the majority of the path beyond the bridge is again overgrown, the surface remains extremely rutted and the culvert surface continues to get worse.
May 2019 – The northern parapet of the bridge over the Whipling is being rebuilt. Tje parapet has been in a crumbling state for a number of years.
October 2019 – The parapet of the bridge on both sides have now been rebuilt.