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British Horse Society points the way forward for rights of way

Hundreds of riders throughout the South West will benefit from the start of a new Access and Rights of Way training programme from The British Horse Society (BHS). Access and Rights of Way volunteers from the BHS and Associated Bridleways Groups in the South West, attended a Level 1 Training session held recently (15 November), which covered topics such as Highway Law, the history of the Definitive Map, Finding Bridleways, and Rights of Way Improvement Plans.

Access to safe off-road riding is needed by all horse riders to enable them to avoid the risks of riding on increasingly busy roads, and to further enjoy the pleasures of riding in the countryside. Many volunteers work on their behalf and are committed to maintaining and improving the bridleway network throughout the country. This often involves dealing with Local and District Councils, Highways Agencys and other official offices.

Kay Driver, BHS chief executive, said "Our commitment to the subject of Access and Rights of Way has always been an important part of our remit. This is the start of a comprehensive training programme set up this year that will ensure our volunteers are equipped with the knowledge and support they need to carry out this work on behalf of horse riders throughout the region"

The training was held at Marston House near Frome by kind permission of Mrs Angela Yeoman and was presented by Mr Robin Carr, Independent Legal Advisor to the BHS on Access and Rights of Way, Mrs Vicky Allen, BHS Regional Access Officer in the East Midlands and Hannah Cohen, BHS Senior Officer for Access and Rights of Way.


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Updated: October 2005.