Horse riders, walkers and cyclists in Shropshire were thrilled to see the Humphrey Kynaston Way open on Sunday 18 May as part of The British Horse Society’s Access Week 2014.
The Humphrey Kynaston Way is a long-distance 46 mile off-road route running between Church Stretton and Grinshill, consisting of multiple sections ranging from 2.4 miles up to 14 miles in length. Although the routes have been created primarily for horse riders, they are equally suitable for walkers and cyclists.
The new route was launched during Access Week 2014, which aims to raise awareness of equestrian access issues throughout the UK. At a time where off-road access for equestrians is becoming increasingly limited, and with many horse riders’ only local hacking routes along busy main roads, the Humphrey Kynaston Way is a welcome development in the Shropshire area. Linking up with existing bridleways and footpaths, the route provides an extensive off-road network that few other areas of England can boast to have.
The route was made possible thanks to the determination of BHS Member Zia Robins. Zia has worked tirelessly to coordinate the project throughout its development, including getting routes shown correctly on the Definitive Map, bridges built and tracks cleared. Zia’s unwavering resolve and impressive success has been rewarded with an Achievement Award from The British Horse Society, designed to recognise those who have done great work for equestrian access.
Funding for the Humphrey Kynaston Way was obtained from Natural England’s Paths for Communities project, a scheme created to support the enhancement of the Public Rights of Way in England. Zia put forward the bid for the grant, supported by Shropshire Council.
Anyone lucky enough to live near the route or to travel to ride the Humphrey Kynaston Way can contact Shropshire Council for an information pack. The pack contains details of all the sections of the Way, with maps of each route so riders can plan their perfect day out. Parking places are also identified on the maps for those travelling from further afield. Visit www.shropshireriding.co.uk.
If this article has made you think about how you value your off-road access, or if you want to find out more about how you can get involved in similar projects in your area, visit your local area page.