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Access applications encouraged

18 July 2012

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The British Horse Society has encouraged equestrians to submit applications for new bridleways as part of the Paths for Communities project, a Natural England initiative to encourage local communities to help provide new bridleways.

Mark Weston, Director of Access, Safety and Welfare, said: “It is important that horse riders identify suitable routes and submit applications pursuant to this scheme so that we can increase the small percentage of the rights of way network that horse riders currently enjoy.

“It may be possible in many circumstances to put forward proposals to join up existing bridleways that are not currently linked up.”

Paths for Communities projects must include some element of new Public Right of Way creation. In most cases this will be a bridleway creation. Community groups can apply for a grant to help create the route and the scheme will operate until March 2014, with a total fund of £2million.

For more information on Paths for Communities and how to submit a project, please visit naturalengland.org.uk.

Local riding groups with little experience in rights of way can contact the BHS for help or get in touch with their BHS Access and Bridleways Officer for advice.

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