British Horse Society points the way forward for rights of way
- the next step
next instalment of the new Access and Rights of Way training programme
from The British Horse Society is now available in the South West.
The programme will benefit hundreds of riders throughout the region
and will be held at Marston House near Frome, by kind permission
of Mrs Angela Yeoman, on Saturday, 6 March 2004.
Access and Rights of Way volunteers from the BHS and Affiliated
Bridleways Groups in the South West have already attended the first
step of the training programme, covering topics such as Highway
Law, the history of the Definitive Map, Finding Bridleways, and
Rights of Way Improvement Plans. The next step of training brings
the more detailed aspects of the Definitive Map (the legal record
of public rights of way) with talks on the history of the Definitive
Map, collecting user evidence and the wider access issues such as
common land and public open spaces. There will also be opportunities
to ask questions from a panel consisting of the BHS independent
Legal Advisor to Access and Rights of Way, BHS staff and members
of the BHS Access and Rights of Way Advisory Group, who set the
policy for the BHS.
Access to safe off-road riding is needed by all horse riders to
enable them to avoid riding on the 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 Agencies and
other official offices.
For further information or an application form please contact the
BHS Access Department on 01926 707812 or 707813.