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Rights of Way Training

Please note that rights of way training is organised by the access department.

Knowing the laws and acts of rights of way on UK roads and highways is important for all horse owners and riders. Access training days are a great way of learning all about the laws and issues surrounding your rights to ride and carriage drive.

There are three levels of courses available. They are:

Level One: basic highway law and local plans

Level Two: user evidence, documentary evidence, definitive maps and wider access

Level Three: advanced highway law. Open to all, though it is designed as a continuation of level two

About Rights of Way training

Training is essential for BHS Access and Bridleways Officers, but is open to anyone wishing to improve or extend safe off route access for equestrians in their local area.

Our training costs £5 for BHS members, volunteers, members of British Riding Clubs, BHS Equestrian Access Groups, and members of British Driving Society. If you want to attend our exclusive training then become a member of The Society for as little as £2 per month.

As a guide, most rights of way training days start with coffee and sign-in at 9:30am and usually run until about 4pm. Lunch is provided – please advise us of any dietary requirements when you book online or on your booking form. You’ll also receive a training pack with course notes to take home for future reference.

Directions and a programme of events will be sent to you by email or post when we receive your payment.

If you are interested in attending an access training day then please have a look at our current list of dates. If you can't find a date near you then please let us know and we might be able to organise one for you.

For more details please email access@bhs.org.uk  or tel:02476 840515.

 

Other courses available:

Public Inquiry Training Courses

Public Inquiry Certificate (Stage One: Theory) sets out the requirements and procedures for a public inquiry. Learn how to prepare a case, find out how to acquire evidence for a DMMO and procedures to follow during the run-up to a public inquiry. 

Public Inquiry Certificate (Stage Two: Practical)

Open to those interested in public inquiries that have undertaken PI Stage One. After you've built your case by cross examining a mock bundle of evidence, you sit 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 an inquiry.

2026 Restoring the Record

We have ten 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 jointly held by the BHS and The Ramblers and start researching your local rides before it’s too late! To make it even more desirable, these training days are free to attend.

Other specialised training days

Other specialised training days include:

  • Specialised Access Training
  • Inquiries Procedure Update Training
  • Update for Inquiries
  • Planning
  • Commons Register Tutorial.

For more information about training please contact the Access Team on 02476 840515 or email access@bhs.org.uk.

How to apply

  1. Step 1

    Choose the training and date you need

  2. Step 2

    Book online or download the application form

  3. Step 3

    Check the email confirmation from your online booking or send your completed application form to the Access team

Get in touch to apply

Post application to:

Access and Rights of Way
The British Horse Society
Abbey Park
Stareton
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 2XZ

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