As 2017 draws to an end, we would like to reflect on what has been achieved for equestrian access during the year.
The situation remains that local authorities have less and less available to spend on public rights of way, and the challenge of keeping bridleways and byways in usable condition continues to grow. However, this hasn’t deterred our Access & Bridleway Officers or affiliated Equestrian Access Groups, who continue to rise to the challenge and improve equestrian access in their areas.
In 2017 alone we have processed 170 planning applications, 5,427 orders and 786 public inquiry notices, as well as responding to 24,180 queries from members of the public, ensuring that any threats to your off-road riding or carriage driving are addressed and opportunities for new and increased access are explored.
Download our 2017 Access Review for a flavour of what has been achieved across the UK this year.