skida, Great new photos along the trail - looks like a neat place.
I had only seen [this style of barrier] along hiking trails that crossed pasture land. Obviously they are very much multi-functional!
Thanks Kevin. This country park has been a favourite since I was a kid. The barrier is the type we get on grazing land but this one is purely to stop cyclists and horse riders.
Known as 'Kissing Gates' these are ancient in design around this country and maybe others too, as Keith points out, they stop cyclists, off-road bikers, horses, perambulators and wheelchairs from access to the parks areas.
A good idea for many reasons!, but not for others!
Folk etymology re: Kissing Gate ,thanks Wiki!
We had a fence and gate much like this along the river side trail of the Arun River in Arundel Sussex. Walkers could get through but it took a bit to haul your bike over the barrier.
:) JB: Maybe bikes weren't supposed to be there.
Welcome to my gallery, Keith
I think I have to like this one. It is such a great perspective. The gates seem to jump out of the picture they look so real and the eye is drawn to the walker coming up the path.
Thanks JF. I have been revisiting some of my photos and finding all these comments I missed is like having my birthday all over again. I took another shot on the other side of the gate on an earlier visit, which you may see above the map at the side of the photo. I don't know which I prefer 'cos gates and stiles add quite a bit to a shot.
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Photo taken in Stannington, Northumberland, UK
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