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Offline rick howell

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Cloutsham status
« on: June 09, 2020, 12:39:27 am »
There is a farm that our LE route took us past in previous years; Cloutsham. At the end of a little valley underneath Dunkery Beacon (highest point on Exmoor), LE main trial riders and drivers would either have finished Stoney Street, or latterly a special test up Crookhorn hill and taken the lane down into a dell, over a ford, and round a switchback rise to Cloutsham Farm and the spectacular road over the shoulder of Exmoor to the top of Porlock Hill at County Gate.

For most riders and probably most drivers it would have been too dark to spot the old hill rising up to the right, just after the ford. The hill shortcuts the tarmac road reappearing after a stoney hairpin just as the farm is reached.

I've often wanted to go and have a look at it, so last weekend I did. I took a few stills and a video or two, and they're on youtube here https://youtu.be/hBy1FFJoz7c   

So what's the status 'cos it looks a real treat, there are no signs, and the farmer - who rides it regularly - says he believes it's open. National Trust objections perhaps?

Offline Tony Ferrari (Nomad)

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Re: Cloutsham status
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2020, 09:27:10 am »
If I've got the right track, that runs from SS 89311 43131 to SS 89486 43081 it's on the Somerset interactive map as:

Path PP621
Path Type: Permissive Path
Legal Status: Footpath

https://roam.somerset.gov.uk/roam/map

So no vehicular rights i'm afraid and even if I've got it wrong, there appears to be only footpaths and bridleways around Cloutsham Farm

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Re: Cloutsham status
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2020, 06:29:13 pm »
There is also a track that runs downhill from the top of Excelsior... Off on the right....

Possible use the other way round going up?
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2020, 01:48:44 pm »
There is also a track that runs downhill from the top of Excelsior... Off on the right....

Possible use the other way round going up?

Excelsior? is there one on the Lands End too? I thought that was on the Edinburgh?

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Re: Cloutsham status
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2020, 01:19:08 pm »
There is also a track that runs downhill from the top of Excelsior... Off on the right....

Possible use the other way round going up?

Excelsior? is there one on the Lands End too? I thought that was on the Edinburgh?

Ah.... Yes that is on the Edinburgh..... :)
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