Bedfordshire’s Access Week ride from Keysoe was once again a great success, with the relentless rain giving the riders respite for the day and very good going.
Now in its fifth year, the ride offered three different distances all on local public bridleways or country lanes to promote the fabulous riding network in North Bedfordshire and the work done by the local volunteers.
The BHS and its network of 230 Access and Bridleways volunteers work tirelessly to protect and preserve the equestrian off-road network. At a time where off-road access for horse riders and carriage drivers is needed more than ever as the roads become busier, Access Week aims to raise awareness of these issues throughout the UK.
The ride organised by BHS Bedfordshire is a great example of the fundraising events that take place during Access Week to get the local equestrian community involved. All proceeds from the day will help BHS Bedfordshire with their local access work, which includes recent achievements such as supporting a successful Paths for Communities application and producing and sponsoring leaflet publications surrounding the new route.
Find out how you can get involved in the BHS’s mission to extend and develop the equestrian off-road network.
If you’re in Bedfordshire but missed this ride, the team have two more planned for later in the year. The next is at Wootton on 31 August to raise money for the Equine Grass Sickness fund, with a further ride on 12 October at Southill in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Picture is of Sophy and Annabelle Osman, courtesy of PJB Photography.