The outstanding effort of Shropshire County Council in creating the Humphrey Kynaston Way has been recognised with an award from The British Horse Society, the UK’s largest equine charity.
The Humphrey Kynaston Way, a long-distance 46 mile off-road route for riders, cyclists and walkers, opened on Sunday 18 May 2014.
The route runs between Church Stretton and Grinshill in Shropshire, and consists of multiple sections ranging from 2.4 miles up to 14 miles in length.
The route would not have been possible without the continued involvement of Shropshire County Council’s Outdoor Recreation Team. The team worked with volunteers on the application, processing legal dedications and completing improvement works on the ground, and also helped with the promotion and launch of the route through a redevelopment of shropshireriding.co.uk.
The council’s unwavering support throughout the creation of the route has earned them a BHS Access Achievement Award, presented to those who have made a superb contribution to access.
Others recognised with an Access Achievement Award include Zia Robins, a BHS member who has devoted herself to the project, the Field Studies Council, the Highways Agency, and landowners Mr Roger Broughall, Mr Robert Mainwaring and Ms Patricia Ovington.
A welcome development in the Shropshire area, the launch of the Humphrey Kynaston Way comes at a time when off-road access for equestrians is needed more than ever.
Linking up with existing bridleways and footpaths, the route provides an extensive off-road network that few other areas of England can boast. It also hopes to boost tourism in Shropshire, attracting horse riders from further afield.
The BHS is committed to improving and extending the equestrian off-road network. Its dedicated team of 230 Access and Bridleways Officers campaign tirelessly to get the equestrian voice heard.
Find out more about what the BHS does to protect equestrian access and how you can get involved in our Access and Bridleways section.