Heavily-eroded bridleway in Steyning repaired

The resurfaced Pepperscombe Bridleway
The resurfaced Pepperscombe Bridleway

A DEEPLY rutted bridleway has been resurfaced to make it safer for walkers and horse riders.

The works have been a partnership project between the Steyning Downland Scheme, the Wiston Estate and West Sussex County Council.

The deep ruts that were filled in

The deep ruts that were filled in

The Pepperscombe Bridleway is a steep path off Newham Lane, Steyning, that runs up on to the South Downs.

It is well used by walkers and horse riders heading up to Steyning Round Hill but in recent years, the Newham Lane end had become very heavily eroded by storm water

Matthew Thomas, project manager at Steyning Downland Scheme, said the renovation work at the bottom end of the bridleway had now been completed.

The ruts had been filled with hard-wearing material and surface water was being diverted to help prevent further erosion.

“The next hurdle will be seeing what happens after heavy rain, but hopefully the grips we put in place will divert water off the bridleway before it gets near to the lane,” he added.