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BHS affiliated Forest of Rossendale Bridleways Association is introducing riders to bridleways in the Rossendale area of Lancashire, as part of the “Routes around Rossendale” project.   

"Routes around Rossendale" is a new project which aims to encourage people local to Rossendale to explore the countryside that’s on their doorstep by foot, horse or bicycle. 

The end goal of the project is to refurbish a three metre wide multi user path that runs along a section of disused railway in Stacksteads and to signpost eight circular paths on existing rights of way around Rossendale. The project is being funded by Natural England’s Paths for Communities Scheme and the Lancashire Environmental Fund.

A leaflet and web page will be produced, detailing the new path and loop routes so walkers, cyclists and horse-riders can make the most of Rossendale’s beautiful countryside and excellent facilities.

As part of the process, guided walks and rides are being held between December 2013 and February 2014 to give newcomers confidence in the routes and in their own abilities.

Several guided bridleway rides will be held in the coming weeks for riders of varying abilities. The first ride for experienced riders organised by the Forest of Rossendale Bridleways Association (FORBA) will be on Sunday 8 December and will take in a recently refurbished byway in Rawtenstall and show people the way along Cribden Side, a notoriously difficult to find route.  

Festive mulled wine, soup and mince pies will be provided for riders on their return. The second ride for experienced riders, organised again by FORBA will be on 12 January, route to be confirmed.

If you are interested in joining in on any of these routes then please contact Chris Peat.

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