TQ1463 : Equestrian crossing on Esher Common

taken 4 years ago, near to Esher, Surrey, Great Britain

Equestrian crossing on Esher Common
Equestrian crossing on Esher Common
Equestrian crossing of Copsem Lane, giving access for horse riders between public bridleway Esher 46 off Arbrook Common, on the east side of the road, and the horse ride along the north perimeter of Esher Common on the west side. A finger post can be seen which identifies the horse ride, and a byelaws notice board, as well as a barrier to prevent vehicular access along the horse ride.
Esher Common :: TQ1362
A metropolitan common, the main part comprising registration unit CL278 extending to about 159 hectares, located south-west of Esher in north Surrey. The common is one of several contiguous areas of common land known as the Esher commons, and owned and managed by Elmbridge Borough Council. Esher common is bounded by the Claremont Park estate to the north, Oxshott Heath (separately managed by a board of conservators) to the south, Arbrook common to the east, and the Portsmouth Road to the west, although further separate units of common lie beyond that road (Fairmile and West End commons). The A3 dual carriageway bisects the common: replacement land was designated as common land at the Ledges, further west.
Although once largely open heathland, a cessation of grazing, probably early in the twentieth century, and well-intentioned planting of conifers, has caused most of the common to be evolve into dense woodland: however, various areas of heathland can be found along the course of the electricity transmission line which crosses the common from east to west, and which must be kept clear of trees to avoid the risk of short circuits and consequent fire, and elsewhere where conifers have been cut down as part of a programme to recreate the heathland habitat and recover favourable condition of the site of special scientific interest.
The common is subject to a public right of access under section 193 of the Law of Property Act 1925, although byelaws made by the council confine horse riders to several designated horse rides, and the one public bridleway in the corner, Esher 53/54, south-west across West Bridge.
Arbrook Common
A metropolitan common, registration unit CL265, extending to about 20 hectares, located just south of Claygate in north Surrey. The common is one of several contiguous areas of common land known as the Esher commons, and owned and managed by Elmbridge Borough Council (Oxshott Heath is separately managed by a board of conservators). Arbrook common is bounded by farmland belonging to Loseberry Farm on the east, and the Rythe on the west side, although in practice all of the common east of Copsem Lane tends now to be referred to as Arbrook Common.
Although once largely open heathland, a cessation of grazing, probably early in the twentieth century, has caused most of the common to be evolve into dense woodland: however, an area of heathland can be found along the line of the electricity transmission line which crosses the common from east to west, and which must be kept clear of trees to avoid the risk of short circuits and consequent fire.
The common is subject to a public right of access under section 193 of the Law of Property Act 1925, although byelaws made by the council confine horse riders to several designated horse rides, and the one public bridleway off Birchwood Lane. Oddly, the common was accidentally omitted from maps of registered common land drawn up by the Countryside Agency in 2001 under Part I of the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 for the purposes of the statutory right of access: the section 193 rights endure regardless, but in consequence, the land is not marked on current Ordnance Survey Explorer maps as access land.
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TQ1463, 25 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 28 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Paths  Roads, Road transport  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1406 6313 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:21.3482N 0:21.8002W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1409 6314
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