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Access and Bridleways Officer

Access and Bridleways Officer

Are you:

  • Passionate about the importance of off-road routes for equestrians?
  • Able to use and read a map?
  • Determined and able to work on detailed tasks with consistency and accuracy?

Our Access and Rights of way volunteers work to protect existing off-road routes for equestrians, extend these where possible, and promote riding out throughout the UK and Ireland. Thanks to them, we have had some incredible successes throughout the UK in restoring, opening up and helping to manage new access: from bridleways, byways and multi-user routes to beaches, forest, commonland and even developing long distance equestrian routes. 

We provide our Volunteer Access and Bridleways Officers with the training and information they need to protect access when it is under threat in their local area and to proactively extend access where possible. You will learn how to identify routes on a map, research and to find old routes that are still in use or would benefit the community and advocate for them to be reinstated. You may choose to walk or ride routes around you so that you can report damage to the local council and keep the routes accessible for all. 

Training and support is provided for you to become fully aware of policy and current legislation.

You will need:

  • Access to a computer with an internet connection
  • Availability to attend training days 
  • An interest in developing your understanding of land law 
  • The ability to write formal reports and documents using technical language (we will teach you this)
  • A passion to help protect, preserve and extend off-road routes for equestrians in your area

We are looking to fill Access and Bridleways Officer roles in the following areas:

  • Channel Islands
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicestershire
  • North Lincs
  • Nottinghamshire
  • South Lincs
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Norfolk
  • Staffordshire
  • London
  • Durham
  • Northumberland
  • Cheshire
  • Greater Manchester
  • East Sussex
  • Surrey
  • Avon
  • Cornwall
  • Devon

Please take a look at the full Access and Bridleways Officer role profile to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply, please complete and return a volunteer enquiry form, and send to volunteer@bhs.org.uk

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