Hi, thanks for your enquiry. If a bridleway is never used, under s117 Highways Act 1980, an application can be made by the Council Highways Department to apply to the Magistrates Court for a stopping up Order (ie an Order that the bridleway be no longer). Upon receiving such a request, it is entirely up to the discretion of the Council as to whether or not they make such an application. So, your Mum should speak to the Council, explain that it is never used, as well as providing any good reason why it should be stopped up, and see what they decide. If the bridleway is subsequently stopped up, the land automatically reverts back to the landowner, so if your Mum's Deeds show that she owns the sub soil, the whole of the bridleway will vest in her ownership. I hope this assists and sets out the general legal position. If I have helped, please would you be good enough to rate my answer. Kind Regards Al
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