Horse riders, cyclists and walkers are now able to enjoy a new permissive bridleway which opened on Sunday (24 July) at Coed Cymerau near Eglwys-fach in North Ceredigion, thanks to funding given by The British Horse Society (BHS) and a BHS affiliated equestrian access group.
The new route, which is 450m in length, will enable users to avoid disturbing wild ponies populating the current Public Rights of Way bridleway, which forms part of the Welsh Coastal path. The route links to 1.1 km of bridleway across to the Llyfnant valley and a network of long distance off-road Powys routes, as well as 1.6km of minor road to Eglwys-fach and links to routes south in Ceredigion.
The permissive route has been created with the kind permission of the landowners; Mr & Mrs Jones, Ynys-hir farm, Mrs Bredow, Cymerau Hall and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
The BHS granted £2000 from their Paths for Communities fund, whilst the BHS affiliated access group, Ceredigion Bridleways Group played a major role applying for the route to be created, as well as clearing vegetation and fundraised £300 to support the work and creating way markers.
Fiona Evans, Chair of Ceredigion Bridleways Group, said: “22 riders braved the rain to enjoy a scenic 14 mile ride across three valleys within the Cambrian Mountains from sea level up to 400m. We are really pleased with our new permissive route which allows off-road horse access to a network of fantastic bridleways”.
Mark Weston, BHS Director of Access, said: “The BHS were delighted to provide money from the ‘Paths for Communities Fund’ to enable this project. Creating this bridleway will open up a network of good routes for horse riders in the local area and also will be significant for longer distance riding and horse tourism within the counties of Ceredigion and Powys.”
The BHS recently raised over £8,200 with their Ride Out UK Week event in Spring (28 May – 5 June) with the money going towards the BHS Paths for Communities fund; a pot of money which restores and extends multi-user routes in England and Northern Ireland.