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Safe riding again at Wembury Point

1 Mar 2018

On one of the few sunny weekends at the end of February, a group of local riders and volunteers came together to clear a route for horses at Wembury Point, near Plymouth, Devon. The route had been used many years ago by horses but, as it crossed private land, wasn't designated as a bridleway and sadly, because some riders had shown poor behaviour whilst using the route, permission to use the route had been withdrawn some time ago.

Local BHS volunteer Zoe Rogers, met with the current owners of the site, The National Trust, to discuss the issues and find out if a way of gaining permission to ride there once again could be reinstated. National Trust Warden for the site, Lorna Sherrif, was sympathetic to the need for riders to have safe off road riding and agreed to help. Zoe publicised the fact that volunteers were needed to help improve the path and a large group came to the clearance day to tackle gorse and brambles, all of which had to be done before the birds started nesting in the area. 

Together, the BHS, National Trust and Local Riders have helped to clear the narrow path to enable horse riders and other users to enjoy this wonderful, safe location...and the views are spectacular. The BHS Devon committee have pledged some funds to further improve the route.

Zoe is now looking to set up a PL9 Bridleways Group on Facebook for local riders in the area and she is undertaking BHS access training in May to learn more about this important work and how it might be applied in an area which has very limited off road riding. If you would like to be involved, please email zoeking2@hotmail.co.uk.

In the old days  Before clearing 
   

During clearing

After Clearing   The view!
 

 

   

      

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