John Andrews, an area footpath secretary with the Ramblers Association, has tried for 22 years to reopen two bridleways in Crudwell, a village in the Cotswolds, after finding them marked on a map made in the early 19th century. Wiltshire County Council refused to restore them to the official modern map of rights of way and a Government inspector later upheld the decision.
However the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, decided on Wednesday that they had both been wrong and that the two paths were legally rights of way, The Daily Telegraph reported.
And he suggested the ruling could have a widespread impact across the countryside.
“We have been told there are believed to be between 500 and 1,000 cases in England and Wales where public footpaths and bridleways set out and appointed by commissioners are not currently recorded in the relevant definitive maps,” Lord Dyson told the Court of Appeal.
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