we believe it to have been a public highway long before the 60's leading to a single road. This road became a dual carriageway in the 60's The road/path giving such concern gave access to a Rope Walk and the lower end narrowed to a footpath. Once the business closed (?when - a long time ago ) the upper end was closed to access for all but walkers by bollards and seats were put in place along the side.
local residents have memories of this path in use as such for 40+ years
I apologise for being unavoidably distracted. Do we continue?
they 'have lost all records"! Thank you but we have got no further - we know of the old adage but can prove nothing. Surely living memory will count?