31 March 1995

Path diversion jams farmyard

A NEW footpath has brought thousands of walkers through a Yorkshire farmyard after the old path collapsed into the sea.

Victor and Angela Green, Farside Farm, Robin Hoods Bay, claim walkers are disturbing their 20 suckler cows and 37 shire horses. "You can hardly go outside at any time of the day or night without coming face to face with a group of walkers. It is quite unnerving, especially at night. It is a recipe for another big problem – threats and abuse from walkers," says Mrs Green.

The trouble began 15 months ago when part of the cliffs on their 28ha (70-acre) farm collapsed taking the Cleveland Way footpath with it. The North York Moors National Park then created a temporary diversion which directed walkers through the farmyard.

It now proposes a new permanent route 30m (98ft) from the cliffs across the middle of one field. The Greens reject the idea because it would invlove setting up stout fences across the field next to their home. It would also cut off pasture on the seaward side of their farm, they claim.

"The actions of the national park officials make it pointless to go on," says Mr Green, who is supported by Flyingdales council. It wants to keep a cliff walk between Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar with its spectacular sea view.

The national park now plans to appeal to environment secretary John Gummer. It wants Mr Gummer to enforce the new route across the field which would protect the path from erosion for at least the next 15 years. "It is not something we want to do, but we have no options left," said a spokesperson for the park. &#42