Bridleways

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 has legislated to improve access to the countryside and specifically provides for the correction of wrongly defined routes.

If it can be proven that a bridleway has existed at any one time it will be reinstated if historic research can prove this through the Lancashire Records Office, Parish Council minutes, signed statements from older people etc. However, if these bridleways are not claimed by the year 2026 they will be lost forever.

This research costs time and money. DANBBA is a charity staffed by volunteers. Every new member really helps keep our bridleways secure to pass on to the future generations of horse riders. Please join us.


Don’t know where to ride?  New to an area?

The first thing I suggest you do is to take a look at the maps listed below. This will give you an idea of the official routes that you have a right by law to use. You can only ride on roads, bridleways, byways and restricted byways, NOT footpaths (unless the landowner gives you permission).

If there is a yard nearby call in and see if they know of any other places to ride, maybe even ask to ride out with them.

Maps – Buy an Ordnance Survey Explorer map of your area (orange cover), this will show bridleways as long green dashes and byways as green crosses. You can get these from a good newsagent or you can buy on line from  Ordnance Survey . You can even buy a map that is centered on your house. These maps are not however always 100% up to date as additions can take years to find their way onto the official maps. If you want to see the very latest rights of way you will need to take a look at the local definitive map of your area mentioned below.

Local Definitive maps – Your Parish Council and library should hold a copy of the detailed definitive maps of your area. These are very detailed large scale maps and they should have been kept up to date with all current changes. You will only be able view the map but soon it should be available to view online. Contact the secretary of your parish council for more information. Just to confuse you, bridleways are shown as dashes separated by a line and byways are shown as a line with V’s along the edge on these maps.

Permissive Bridleways – these are rights of way that farmers have been paid under a special DEFRA scheme to provide. Don’t get too excited as they are very far and few between and do not get very well advertised. To see if you have any in your area take a look at the DEFRA web site. These include walks as well as rides so be careful to check the legend to make sure it has the horse symbol. The routes are well marked on the ground and there is usually a map of where they link to other bridleways in the area.