Ride it, record it, restore it

Ride it, record it, restore it

The British Horse Society’s Access Week is underway, and horse riders and carriage drivers across the country are raising awareness about the importance of safe off-road hacking.

Director of access at the BHS, Mark Weston, said: “We are very much looking forward to celebrating the wonderful off-road riding that is available in the UK – but also to raise the profile of the need for much safer, off-road access for equestrians.

“We hope that during this week riders and carriage drivers will join us in using the routes that are currently available to them and enjoy sharing the experience with their horse.”

With the 2026 deadline looming, it’s more important than ever that routes are recorded on the definitive map.  Routes not recorded by the 2026 cut-off could be extinguished and lost forever.  Just because you ride a route doesn’t mean it’s recorded.  To help the BHS and your local council keep the definitive map up to date, you can download the 2026 toolkit from the BHS website www.bhs.org.uk.

Photo shows work carried out on a reinstated bridleway.