• Bannerdown Common Car Park – Bridle Way Gate Removed

    The bridleway gate adjoining the Bannerdown Common parking area has been removed by agreement with the BANES Public Rights Of Way department. Whilst the gate was not faulty, it was difficult to operate by horse riders and there was an accident, involving the gate, on Monday 7th March 2016. From a Health and Safety perspective we feel it is reasonable, and indeed safer, to expect that children and dogs are brought under control at the “new” bridleway gate which is set back some 30 metres from the road. We will be installing improved fencing either side of the “new” (inset) bridleway gate to

    • 10 February 2016
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  • From the Iron Age to B-Lines!

    Batheaston Commons; From the Iron Age to B-Lines!   By Rob Kendall Batheaston is extremely fortunate to have not just one but two commons! The commons, Little Solsbury Hill (part owned by The National Trust) and Bannerdown, have been managed by The Batheaston Freeholders Association since 1719… that’s nearly 300 years! What’s more, the Freeholders Association was one of the first in the UK so thanks to their innovation and continued guardianship the commons are still accessible by the "common man"… that’s you and me! Today, The Freeholders are alive and well (not the originals!) and, in the spirit of our forebears,

    • 12 February 2014
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