Regular walkers and visitors to the Brook Walk which joins the Railway Walk will have observed the changes that have gradually been brought about out of necessity to the above gateway.
All three photographs are of the same gateway, which has gradually had to be replaced due to vandalism. In the final photograph (3), you may just notice the remains of the disabled access gate, (left of picture) which was smashed one weekend in the Autumn.
In an ideal world, we probably wouldn’t need many gates, so why is there one at this location, when originally the pathway was open?
Motorbikers and horse riders were starting to use this as an access point for the village, and were deemed by the local district council, and local walkers as presenting a hazard to those of us on foot. Additionally damage was occurring to both footpaths and grassed areas from hooves and tyres.