To support our access officers we offer a range of training so that they have the skills and understanding of the RoW legalities to defend and extend our equestrian network. Our varied events cover several access aspects at different levels, so no matter if you’re a complete beginner or an avid access supporter, there’s something to suite you.
Rights of Way (ROW) Training, Level 1, 2 & 3:
Knowing the ins and outs of rights of way legislation is important for all horse owners and riders. Our access training days are a great way of learning all about the laws and issues surrounding your access rights. The three courses, led by RoW consultant, Henry Whittaker, cover different areas from basic law, to user evidence, documentary evidence and advanced highway law. This is a fantastic way to get to grips with the law from grass roots to advanced.
2026: Restoring the Record:
We have nine years left to officially record around 20,000 historical routes in England before they’re extinguished. Learn how to identify historical routes and the key resources used to study them from two acknowledged experts in the field, Sarah Bucks and Dr Phil Wadey. Find out what your evidence can unlock and how to create a systematic research method to investigate your routes. Remember, just because you ride a route doesn’t mean it’s officially recorded. Attend the training and start researching your local rides before it’s too late! To make it even more desirable, these training days are free to attend.
Public Inquiry Training, Theory and Practical:
The Public Inquiry training is a two day course led by one of the country’s leading rights of way associates, Robin Carr, who specialises in disputed public rights of way. Day one covers the theory behind an inquiry. Learn how to prepare a case, what requirements procedures that need to be followed. Find out how to acquire evidence to submit a definitive map modification order application and the procedures to follow during the run-up to a Public Inquiry.
Day two is a practical day. After researching a folder of evidence to devise your cross examination and build your case, you participate in a mock public inquiry; giving evidence either for or against the case in question. Day two is only open to those who attend day one. Once you’ve completed the course you can also represent the Society at a public inquiry.
So no matter if you’re a walker, cyclist or rider, you just need a passion for off-road riding or rights of way and a desire to make a difference!
Training is essential for BHS Access and Bridleways Officers; however, members of: The BHS, BHS Equestrian Access Groups, British Riding Clubs and British Driving Society would find the information useful too, as well as other members of the public interested in rights of way.
Training is £10 for members of the public and a discounted rate of £5 to members of the above mentioned groups.
If there isn’t a training date booked in your area, please let us know and we’ll consider hosting a course near you!