Paralympic Legacy Access Project
This inspiring new project emerged thanks to an anonymous donation to commemorate the achievements of the Paralympics and Para World Carriage Driving Championships in 2012.
In early 2013 a donation was made to the BHS Access Fighting Fund to support a project that would increase horse-drawn access into the countryside for people with physical limitations by adding twenty 12-mile carriage driving routes across the UK to the BHS National Equestrian Route Network which would leave a lasting legacy after the successes of the Paralympics and Para World Carriage Driving Championships.
The project, entitled the Paralympic Legacy Access Project (PLAP) has now been completed and was launched on 25 September 2013 by our President Martin Clunes, with all 20 routes available to view and download on our website. All of the routes use definitive public rights of way when possible, and permissive sections where necessary. Carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers can all use these routes.
Every route has been driven prior to the launch, to assess suitability and to identify any challenging aspects – whether seasonal, such as going through streams and rivers; or permanent, like difficult road crossings. If anybody with restricted mobility or specific requirements would like to gain a better understanding of route surface, structures or other details before visiting a route, please contact our Carriage Driving Access Representative, Cathy Towle.
Each route has a summary description, a free download and print route description, and a free download and print Ordnance Survey route map. The routes are also viewable at emagin.org, on digital Ordnance Survey 1:25k, aerial photography, and Street View layers for free to help you plan your drive in advance.
Although every effort has been made to ensure that these routes are in good condition and free from obstruction or other obstacles, from time to time problems may occur. If you do come across a a problem on any of these routes then please report this to the Public Rights of Way Team at the Local Authority for the area the route is in. Alternatively you can discuss any issues with your local BHS Access and Bridleways Officer. You can find out who covers the area you are in by calling Pat in the Access Team on 02476 840515 or by emailing email@example.com. (It is also wise to take the weather into account. It is not the Local Authorities fault if a route becomes a bit muddy or boggy after a bad storm or torrential downpour – so make sure you consider what off road routes might be like before you decide to set off.)
It is down to the hard work and dedication of a number of people who volunteered their time, knowledge and hospitality that this project was able to happen. We would like to sincerely thank every single person who had an input into making the idea of a Paralympic Legacy Access Project into a reality – no matter how small their participation. If you would like to find out who designed each route then credit is given on an individual basis in each route description.