A HUGE hole has opened up in a public bridleway that will require 'complex' repairs.

Members of the public are being urged to avoid the bridleway in Colburn, known locally as Derby Way.

The path leads from Catterick Road through the Horseshoe Close housing estate and crossing Sour Beck.

The hole is significant in size and depth, prompting the emergency closure of the bridleway by North Yorkshire County Council.

Investigations are now being carried out into the extent of the subsidence damage before design and repair work can begin and the path reopened.

County Councillor for the area, Helen Grant, said: “I would like to stress the need for locals to be mindful of the emergency closure and to take due care and attention if you come close to the site, especially with children.

“We appreciate that the closure of this well-used bridleway will be an inconvenience but we have taken the decision in the interests of public safety. Please be assured that we will reopen the route as soon as it is safe to do so.

“It will no doubt involve complex repairs so we will work closely with the landowner and keep the public informed as we progress.”