Finding out where you can ride or carriage drive
During this global pandemic, times have been incredibly difficult, yet it has brought with it a rise in the number of people exploring the outdoors. More people are accessing outdoor spaces than ever before and sharing these public spaces with everyone responsibly and safely is crucial for everyone’s enjoyment.
Please help us spread the word by following our social media. We have some great videos ranging from top tips on how to share routes with a range of different users to how to open gates safely on whilst mounted and on foot.
The most common question we still get asked every day, is “Where can I ride or carriage drive”? We can help you get started.
The second common question is “There is nowhere to go near me, or a route I ride is blocked, what can I do?” We can help…
Protecting your routes and open spaces
We work with a dedicated team of more than 300 volunteers and 120 BHS Affiliated Equestrian Access Groups to keep the access that exists open, accessible, and useable for today, and for future generations. Much of the network is under regular threat. Ranging from equestrian routes falling into disrepair, gates being locked, pressures on housing demands creating planning applications across the countries, to thousands of km of routes potentially being lost in 2026, we strive to protect them all.
Equestrian routes can become obstructed and unusable. Do you know how to get them cleared?
In England, many equestrians have no idea that the very routes they are riding could be lost in 2026. If we don’t act now it will be too late.
Find out if the routes and open spaces you use are threatened, and what you can do to help protect them for now and for future generations.
Extending and connecting routes
On a route that leads to nowhere? Don’t like being on busy roads?
With the speed and volume of traffic on our roads being at an all time high, access to safe off road routes and open spaces has never been so important to equestrians.
The BHS National Bridleroute Network is a series of short and long distance, circular and linear routes spanning across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We work to connect as many routes as possible to ensure equestrians can access as many safe off road routes as possible. Ride Out UK is our national campaign to celebrate Riding Out, which encourages individuals to take on distance challenges, explore new places, and celebrate some of the most beautiful places in our countries you can often only access on four hooves.
Taking pride in where you ride
Community pride in local areas is key to keeping routes open and safe for the future. Getting involved with your local BHS, BHS Equestrian Access Groups, Ramblers, cycling groups can unlock so many opportunities. Find out if we need volunteers in your area.
Be a BHS Ride Out Ambassador – The BHS Education and Access & Rights of Way teams have produced this prestigious award for completion only by those who have a real passion for Riding Out, love where they live, and have completed the relevant Stage 3 Trail Leader qualification. Best of all…it’s FREE!
We are here to answer any question you have, no matter how big or small, we are here to help.