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

 

Permissive Bridleways

Please find below a link to the Exmoor National Park website which explains all about permitted paths. It also provides a map which shows where the permitted paths are in the Exmoor National Park.

Happy riding

http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/permitted_paths

This map was last updated November 2006, so we have listed below other permissive bridleways we are aware of.

Permissive Bridleways are not marked on OS Maps, but they are generally marked as 'Permitted Bridleway' from the road. If you then look at this bridleway on the map they will usually appear as footpaths.

If you know of Permissive Bridleways in your area it would be really helpful to post them here. Contact your Area Representaive with the details and they will ensure they get published. Don't forget to give OS grid references.

The paths marked with '**' are paths made under the Environmental Stewardship scheme and can be found on the Natural England website.

  

Roadwater

Permissive bridleway

OS Ref SS028338 to SS026379

From Mount Lane, the permissive bridleway heads south down Blindwell Lane until it meets the lane opposite Glasses Farm

Brendon

Permissive bridleways

OS Ref SS716425 to SS732418 New entry 26/10/09

From the bridlepath at Woodbarrow Gate the permissive track heads southeast to meet the permissive bridlepath marked on the map below Chains Barrow.

Brompton Ralph

Permissive bridleway

**OS Ref ST083300 to ST083311

From the RUPP at Oakhampton Wood the permissive route goes up to Ollery Wood and takes you to the Rupp at Pool Mill or you can take a circular ride through Long Copse and Harwood Copse meeting the RUPP at Pool Mill 

Dunster

Permissive bridleways

OS Ref SS998427 new entry 1/06/10

Carhampton Gate to Dunster.  At the junction of Park Lane Restricted Byway and road to Carhampton there is a footpath to Gallox Bridge, Dunster.  Horses are permitted to travel on this footpath.

**OS Ref SS976433 to SS970436

Grabbist Hill - Starting at Aville Farm the track goes around Avill Ball and then forks - one to Giants Chair to meet the bridleway from Dunster  and the other to Blindman's Well and then going out across to Holes Corner meeting the bridleway

OS Ref SS971430 to SS981437 New entry 26/10/09
Starting at Knowle lane follow this until you come to the forestry track on the left -  this then crosses over the bridlepath from Aville Farm and continues on forestry tracks until you come to the bridlepath which goes to Blindmans well.

Exmoor

Permissive bridleways

**OS Ref SS789405 to SS796401

This allows you to avoid the really steep bridlepath to Warren Bridge

**OS Ref SS819427 to SS796408

Larkbarrow to Warren Farm this goes out across open moor meeting the public bridlepath from Warren Farm to Larkbarrow Corner at Elsworthy
     
OS Ref SS767412
Path leaves B3223 and meets the end of the public bridleway at OS Ref SS762412

**OS Ref SS812431
    Larkbarrow to Toms Hill Track (Samaritans Way South West) and follows path? south until path bends to south west, at which point one should carry on to gate at SS809416 and then join the Macmillan Way West Bridleway at approx SS812412.  There is no clearly defined path from the gate up over the shoulder of the hill (Elsworthy).

Holford

Permissive bridleway

**OS Ref ST158410 to ST158423

At Holford permissive route takes you through fields belonging to Moorhouse Farm ending up at the intersection of roads just above Moorhouse Farm

Martinhoe

Permissive bridleways

OS Ref SS657470 to SS654482 new entry 26/10/09
The path leaves the road at Mill Farm and heads northwest through Heale Wood and then north through Invention Wood.  Then follow winding track through Trentishoe Coombe to meet the road at Hunters Inn.

OS Ref SS654473 to SS654482 new entry 26/10/09

Marked as a permissive footpath on the OS Explorer Map this permissive bridleway starts in Heale Wood and heads north to Hunters Inn.

OS Ref SS639475 to SS650481 new entry 26/10/09

Starting from the lane above Mill Ham this permissive bridleway goes through the woods in Black Cleave following the contours to reach a forestry track which takes you back onto the road beside Birchey Cleave Plantation.

OS Ref SS655482 to SS674487 new entry 26/10/09

Starting at the lane at Hunters Inn this permissive bridleway is marked as a footpath on the OS Explorer Map.  It goes to Hill Brook, passes The Beacon, skirts West Woodybay Wood and ends up at the lane below Woody Bay.

Nettlecombe

Permissive bridleways

**OS Ref ST045350 Bridlepath from near Ralegh's Cross on B3190 to ST039357
This joins up from the bridlepath from Galloping Bottom lane at the B3190 and meets the lane to Comberow  There is ample parking just off the B3190

Oare

Permissive bridleways

OS Ref SS793454 to SS820429

Just after the footbridge in Badgworthy Wood.  Permissive bridlepath is marked as Sir Hugh's ride - it goes up through Deer park plantation and up across Deer park then out over Manor Allotment  and back through the back of Larkbarrow ruins.

Porlock

Permissive bridleways  update 24/6/10

OS Ref SS870471 to SS881469

Footpath from Court Place which meets the bridleway that starts from the B3225.
   HORSERIDERS AND CYCLISTS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO USE THIS PATH FROM SS879469 TO SS880469.  ENP ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE.

Treborough

Permissive bridleways
     

OS Ref ST008361 to ST013356 new entry 1/6/2010
Take the existing bridlepath entrance from the bottom of Chapmans Lane at Tan House - you will soon come to a bridlepath sign.  The right hand route is the existing bridlepath to Treborough Common.  The left hand route is the new permitted bridlepath.  This takes you to meet the existing permitted bridlepath listed immediately below which avoids the steep slope up to the Common.

OS Ref ST013355 to ST002351 then parallel to B3224 ST002351 to SS996353
This is part of the new Coleridge Way, it goes right the way across Treborough Common

OS Ref ST005355 to ST006358 on Treborough Common
This joins up to the public bridleway from Tan House and goes straight up to meet the above permitted bridleway.

OS Ref ST031353
From Comberow to Leigh Barton Farm ST025358 (part of the new Coleridge Way)

**OS Ref ST015355 Mr Theeds tracks
From the lay-by off the road, the track winds down to a junction of two paths.  One path is sign posted No Access for Horses - but this is a permissive bridleway.  It zig-zags to meet the public bridleway in Western Cliff Wood at ST020358.  The second track (to the right of the No Access for Horses path) is also a permissive bridleway this joins up to the public bridleway in Forehill Wood at ST025348.  You can join these up and make a good circular ride through the woods.

Permissive restricted byway

OS Ref SS999369
Coming down the lane from the hamlet of Treborough towards Luxborough you come to Lower Court Farms. This has an existing Restricted Byway which goes through a cow yard, lots of gates and curious cows. Approx 50 yards before this entrance is another entrance on right this track winds its way around some barns. It comes out at the far end of the yard.

Withycombe

Permissive bridleways

  

**OS Ref SS983394 to SS002396 then to SS987405
From Croydon Hill, the path creates a circuit of Black Hill by going across Withycombe Common and Rodhuish Common, then along towards Stapling Lane and on to meet the definitive bridleway at Withycombe Scruffets.  There are reports of a fesity Exmoor Stallion anywhere on this route as the whole of Black Hill and the two commons are open to them. So Beware!

Withypool

Permissive bridleways

**OS Ref SS812345 to SS807354
   Hawkridge Common cattle grid to Landacre Gate Cattle Grid

**OS Ref SS812358 to SS805364
Track from Landacre Lane to Two Moors Way Bridlepath

OS Ref SS857317 toSS858320  New entry 26/10/09
Footpath from road at Row Down Wood going north meets white lane. Take this track until you meet the bridlepath at Parsonage Farm.

Wootton Courtenay

Permissive bridleways

**OS Ref SS929451
A network of bridlepaths within the fields between Venn Plantation/Blackford House/Long Lane Cross.  It would be best to go to cwr.naturalengland.org.uk for a map for further details.  Type in Somerset and then scroll down to Tivington Farm