British Horse Society and Erewash Riders Association members are celebrating their best Christmas present ever after years of lobbying Derbyshire County Council and Erewash Borough Council led to success.
Local riders have campaigned for years for the reopening of an off-road path from Nottingham Road (B5010) to Dale Abbey via the west of Hopwell Hall. Lyndsay Jones, who began campaigning with the various equestrian groups 43 years ago at the age of 16, said: 'I still can't believe the path is open. It will be well used.'
Pictured left is Mrs Ann Wood (BHS Bridleway officer Derby South) on her coloured horse Indianna, who campaigned on behalf of the BHS can be seen along side fellow campaigners from Erewash Riders Association with their banner, which reads 'Dedicated to improving bridleway access for horse riders'.
Our heartfelt thanks go to all concerned with this project.
Right: A group of riders and walkers can be seen braving the elements on Sunday 15 November 2012, just days after the route became legally open to non-motorised users.