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Free Leaflets and Advice

Find a range of useful leaflets to view and download below. All leaflets are in PDF format.

All the leaflets on this page contain advice for access and rights of way in England and Wales. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is very different so for advice on access in those countries, see Northern Ireland or Scotland.

The leaflets with a revised date are checked at least once a year. Older dates only mean that changes have not been needed; the information is still current.  If you have a leaflet which is not listed, it has probably been superseded. Contact access@bhs.org.uk for the latest advice (or phone 02476 840515).

Title Revised Date

Overview

All about access – a brief introduction Jul-16

Where to ride and drive

Finding places to ride and carriage drive
Aug-15
Permissive routes
Aug-15

Advice on Riding Out

Responsible riding and carriage driving
Aug-15
Hacking
Feb-16
Riding on beaches
Aug-13
Hill and upland riding
Aug-15
Opening gates
Jan-16

What you may find on bridleways and byways

Blocked and difficult to use bridleways and byways
Dec-16
Avoiding conflict
May-17
Fly-grazing
Jul-16
Horse dung (recommended words for Site Notice) Feb-17
Level crossings
Aug-15
Stallions on bridleways
Jan-13
Riding through cattle, horses and other animals
Aug-15
Wind turbine advice for riders and carriage drivers
Oct-13
Wind farms in Scotland

Making sure where you ride or drive is protected for the future

Recording a right of way
Mar-16
2026 toolkit - provides information on the potential loss of unrecorded bridleways and what to do May-14
Researching a route for a Modification Order (DMMO) application
Feb-15

Changes to bridleways

Diverting a right of way
Jan-12
Lobbying
Jan-13
Town and country planning affecting riders and carriage drivers - how to influence the process
Jan-13
Solar farms
Jan-17
Wind turbine guidance for planners and developers
Oct-13

Recommendations for standards and specifications of structures and surfaces

Electric fencing
Feb-16
Gates
Nov-16
Gate installation
Nov-16
Vehicle barriers
Apr-16
Bridges, fords, gradients and steps
Jan-17
Cattle grids
Jun-17
Dimensions for width, area and height
Dec-16
Hitching rails
Apr-16
Mounting blocks
Nov-15
Surfaces (for additional information on 'tarmac' surfaces, see Horses and Highway Surfacing below) Dec-16
Road crossings
Aug-16
Multi-user paths
Sep-16

Other Publications

Horses and Highway Surfacing - a guidance note for highway authorities - Stone Mastic Asphalt ('Tarmac') is not a recommended surface for horse use even with treatment as recommended in the guidance note. The BHS would always urge alternatives being used where possible.
BHS Wind Turbine Experiences Survey 2012 - Results
Self-Closing Gates Trial, 2011 report (The BHS)
Self-Closing Gates Trial, 2015 report (Natural England in association with the BHS)
Making Ways for Horses
Health Benefits of Riding
Equestrian statistics (updated 2013)

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