Bridleway sign

Bridleway sign

Churchtown

Churchtown

Crossing the river

Crossing the river

Galloping

Galloping

Horses

Horses

Immaculate Bridleway

Immaculate Bridleway

Long Lane

Long Lane

Lower Dunkery

Lower Dunkery

Treasure Hunt Ride

Treasure Hunt Ride

Winsford Hill

Winsford Hill

 

News

 

Welcome to our News and Views Newsletter.  Our aim is to provide our members with two of these per year to provide updates about your bridleways, access, events and of course any news that you, our members, have about bridleways, recommended places and routes to explore and stories after our events.  If you have anything you would like included in our next News and Views, Peta-Jane Field would love to hear from you. 

 

News and Views - July 2019

News and Views - Dec 2018

 

Don't forget we need to hear about any problems or concerns you have regarding bridleways in your area, otherwise they cannot be addressed. To report problems such as fallen trees, or difficult gates etc visit our Reporting Problems page.

 

 

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Equine Influenza Policy

In light of the recent equine flu outbreaks, WS&EBA have had to put an official policy in place for all future rides (guided, pleasure and treasure hunts) where equines will be present.

Vaccinations are vital in tackling the spread of the disease so all owners must ensure that their vaccination records are up to date, and if it’s been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination we recommend discussing a booster with your veterinary surgeon.

Please be vigilant for symptoms of equine flu and call your vet if you think your horse(s) are showing signs.

Active Travel Strategy

Great news for equestrians across the country!

This is copied from the Swavsey Bridleways Association and relates to the Active Travel Strategy, which now includes us equestrians as well as cyclists and walkers.

"Thank you to everyone who lobbied their MP about the need to include equestrians in the government's Active Travel strategy debate at Westminster on 9 July. The debate was about cycling and walking but thanks to you all, horse riding, carriage driving, equestrians and bridle paths were all mention as being INCLUDED in active travel (for the FIRST time!). This is an absolutely massive step forward. Now we need to make sure we are included in strategies, funding and projects"

Please see attached documents from the British Horse Society, also putting forward their reasons for equestrians to be included in the plans for road safety.

There is lots going on in the background from the country's Bridleways Associations to support our local equestrians, so we value your support.

 

Westminster Hall Debate on ‘Active travel and local walking and cycling infrastructure plans'

 

Have your say in your local infrastructure plans

 

Sustrans is collecting evidence for its Paths for Everyone project and we need to make sure comments from riders are logged, please take a look at this link.  There is the opportunity for you to agree existing comments by clicking on comments made in your area or make your own suggestions.  Either way the National Cycle Network needs our input so that they can be considered for the future.

 

Dead? or Dead Slow?

If you have suffered an incident whilst riding or carriage driving off road or on the public highway, you can report it on the BHS website.

This link gives a few details for riders, carriage drivers and car drivers to help everyone stay safe - including a short film. It also contains the link to report an incident.

 

Exmoor National Park Rights of Way and Access Annual Report 2018/2019

 

Interested in what your National Park has been up to behind the scenes over the past year?  Take a look at thier annual report.  This shows all the good work they have been doing to maintain all our rights of way.

Long Lane, Luckwell Bridge - July 2018

Following recent drainage works by Highways on this unclassified road at Luckwell Bridge, horse riders found that the drainage grids that spanned the whole width of this well-used track were unsafe for horses, especially as the grids were set in concrete [albeit well-grooved] on a steep slope leading towards fast-moving traffic on the road below. 

Lobbying by many local riders has persuaded Highways to provide a compromise by covering one of the grids with thick rubber matting, thus returning this lane to a useable ridden track. See photos below.

 

Long Lane

 

 

 

 

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  Grid plus MAT