- Why are we waiting?
- LATE EXTRA - Warning notices in place, at long last On Saturday 14th March, just a week before the anniversary of the footpath's closure, Lancaster City Council finally put up some notices warning people about what's happened and offering re-directions. Well done them. The SOSfootpath job is only half done. To re-open the footpath, please click on http://thndr.it/1Ca2DVT and express your support via Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler.
- Ramblers Association footpath report form Please fill in the report form, if you have crossed Trowbarrow in the past fifty years.
- East Lancashire Long Distance Walking Association East Lancashire Long Distance Walking Association try to access Trowbarrow through the gate they always use and find it padlocked. They don't enjoy having to use the Barrow / Lancaster mainline pedestrian crossing. When only half of them have crossed, they hear a train, but they can't see where it's coming from for a few seconds. People are still beside the tracks, some are climbing the stile, some are waiting in the field. It's an accident waiting to happen. They wonder why the proper footpath is still closed. So does Save Our Silverdale Footpath.
- The sun goes down on open access? Trowbarrow is a jewel in the crown of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural beauty - but currently, it is only safely accessible to the fit and able.
- Nobody gives a hoot With the historic footpath closed, all Trowbarrow visitors who want to cross the local nature reserve from south to north or vice verca, now have to negotiate this Network Rail pedestrian crossing. The path has now been closed for a year and there are still no notices warning people.
- Gemma Sherlock's article in the Lancaster Guardian Trowbarrow Quarry was bought from Tarmac and turned into a Local Nature Reserve in 1996. Unfortunately, the Planners screwed it up. When a couple of locals bought the land that served as the original main entrance to the quarry, they then were able to close it to pedestrian traffic, for reasons best know to themselves.
Save our Silverdale Footpath page
I paraphrase - "The only thing necessary for a couple of locals to screw things up for the whole community is for good men to do nothing." SOSfootpath is a small group of local residents who are trying to get Trowbarrow Local Nature Reserve in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB accessible to everybody. Land over which vehicles, workers and visitors entered the site, previously a lime kiln and a quarry, for the past 150 years, has been bought by a local couple, and for reasons best known to themselves, they have chosen to padlock the entrance gate and prevent pedestrians from entering. For the past year, we have been told that 'negotiations to re-open are progressing' but in the meantime, access for anyone who wants to take the risk, is across the Barrow / Lancaster mainline railway tracks. Other entrances exist, but none of them is flat and level, step, stile or kissing gate free and totally SAFE, like the one that has been locked up. For fit and able people Trowbarrow is a delight, if you're less fit or accompanied by toddlers, prams, pushbikes, dogs or other encumbrances, Trowbarrow is off limits. The site was bought from Tarmac by public subscription and then given to Lancaster City Council. The planning department then gave permission for change of use from quarry to LNR but failed to secure watertight agreements from all the landowners who control the surrounding land to guarantee free access by the public. As a result, the public either can't get in or can't be kept safe if they do. What we want to do is mount a Definitive Map Modification Order, submit it to Lancashire County Council to get all the ways in declared card carrying definitive footpaths, particularly the one closed last year. Meanwhile, thousands of visitors a year are being exposed to risks that should not exist in a well run, publicly owned, local nature reserve. If you have used Trowbarrow during the past fifty years when the footpath was open to all comers, please Tweet your support @sosfootpath, post on facebook.com/sosfootpath or, even better, fill in a Ramblers Association report form, (http://home.btconnect.com/gibfarm/reportform2015.pdf) and help us get it registered and re-opened.