Riders enjoyed a great day out with BHS Lancashire on Sunday 25 May on the organised ride over Darwen Moor and Roddlesworth and Tockholes Wood to celebrate Access Week 2014.
37 riders turned out to ride the 14 mile circular route, a varied ride including woodland, stream crossings and open paths with beautiful views. The route also included bridleways which have recently been upgraded from footpaths, allowing access to the stunning moors above Darwen.
The day was an excellent success thanks to the hard work of Kay Bruce, Vice Chairman of BHS Lancashire, who organised the ride and the many helpers from DANBBA, a local BHS affiliated Bridleway Association. BHS Lancashire also thanked Anne and John Smith of New Barn Farm in Tockholes for kindly allowing their fields to be used for parking for the ride.
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 much needed 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 Lancashire 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 went towards the Access Fighting Fund, which supports the BHS in its quest to improve access.
Find out how you can get involved in the BHS’s mission to extend and develop the equestrian off-road network.