"SOMEONE could die."
That's the stark warning from a landowner over a path he says is a potential death trap.
Frank Manchester, 83, has fought a long battle with Kirklees Council over the path that runs through his land at Helme Edge, Meltham.
It was designated a public bridle- way, as well as a footpath, about four years ago.
But former tailor Mr Manchester, of Wessenden Head Road, Meltham believes it is not wide enough for horses and walkers.
He said he had visited someone in hospital who had been injured after they were knocked over by a horse while walking.
And he warned that other people could face the same fate - or worse - unless action was taken.
He said: "I know there will be a serious accident. You have to see it to believe how dangerous it is.
"I've owned horses and I know that you need at least 5ft to make way for someone else. The path is no more than a couple of feet wide.
"There's a fair chance someone could die."
Mr Manchester's warning comes before a walk he says is taking place this weekend for dozens of elderly people.
He wants Kirklees to clear the gorse bushes on one side of the path to make more room.
He says if nothing is done he will take matters into his own hands.
"I'm not prepared to wait until someone has an accident," he said.
"If nothing is done in the next couple of months I will close it off myself and they can take me to court.
"Then it will be up to a judge to decide."
Clr Martyn Bolt, the council's Cabinet member for environment and transport, said he would look into the matter.
But he added: "The width of a bridlepath is legally defined and has been for many years.
"We need to check to see if there has been any encroachment onto the path since it was designated. But, as with any public highway, we would expect users to have courtesy for one another."
The council planned to increase its network of public paths, he added.