24th May 2012
The Exmoor Explorer Mountain Bike Marathon will take place on Sunday, 1st August.
Riders should be aware that bridleways in the following areas are being used.
Wheddon Cross - Dunkery Gate - Aldermans Barrow - Lucott Farm - Hawkcombe - Ley Hill, Horner, Stoke Ridge, Tarr Ball Farm - Dicky's Path - Webbers Post - Cloutsham - Lang Combe Head - Long Lane - Luckwell Bridge.
Please take care if you are near any of these locations as there will be many cyclists on the tracks.
26th March 2012
Use of restricted byways
Various organisations are trying to put together a 'test case' to upgrade some of the restricted bridleways which were downgraded in 2006. There has been a noticeable increase in vehicles flouting the law regarding bridleways recently, and riders/walkers are asked to try to get some form of identification of vehicles (registration number, photograph etc) and to ring the police, if they see anyone using these paths illegally. It must be noted that while an application is being tendered, there is NO RIGHT OF VEHICULAR USE on these paths unless the user has access rights OR landowners permission.
Most areas have a local police officer who deals with this problem, and local neighbourhood watch co-ordinators will know who to contact. See below under Somerset Pathwatch.
A Scheme set up by Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Somerset County Council, Exmoor National Park, The Crown Estate, National Trust and Quantock and Mendip A.O.N.B.s to encourage members of the public to report misuse of rights of way whilst helping to highlight who can and cannot use various paths, bridleways and tracks.
Illegal driving of off-road vehicles puts legal users’ safety at risk as well as being damaging to the countryside.
TO REPORT SUSPECTED MISUSE:
PHONE THE POLICE 0845 4567000
VIA THE FORCE at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/pathwatch
Apparently this is a standard procedure all paramedics follow at the scene of an accident when they come across your cell phone.
ICE - 'In Case of Emergency'
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.
If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence the 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.
The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell(mobile)phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency).
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call.. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as 'ICE.'
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.
A great idea that will make a difference!
Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today!
Please forward this. It won't take too many 'forwards' before everybody will know about this . It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest .
ICE will speak for you when you are not able to.