BHS Manchester celebrated the start of Access Week 2014 with a leisurely pleasure ride around Pennington Flash Country Park, Leigh. Over 30 riders enjoyed glorious sunshine and the wonderful views across the flash from the towpaths and bridleways. Catering to the first time pleasure riders with the short but beautiful route of five miles with the option of going around twice, riders travelled from as far afield as Blackpool and Southport to join in.
On the success of the event, Terrin Turner, BHS Access Officer for Greater Manchester commented: "The ride was overwhelmingly popular with more riders wanting to attend than we had car parking spaces for! This gives me lots of encouragement to arrange further rides. It was a pleasure to share the towpaths I have the luxury to ride on with others.”
All entrants received a lovely rosette in BHS colours for participating,as well as a lollipop! Some riders were thrilled to have received their very first rosette despite having ridden for decades. Overall, it was a huge success to kick off the start of BHS Access Week.
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 becoming increasingly limited and with the roads busier than ever before, Access Week aims to raise awareness of these issues throughout the UK. The ride organised by BHS Manchester is a great example of the fundraising events that take place during Access Week to get the local equestrian community involved.
If you live in the Greater Manchester area, Pennington Flash Country Park is open to horse riders all year round with many bridleways to explore. Keep up to date with what's happening in this area by visiting the Greater Manchester area page or joining BHS Manchester on Facebook.