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New Bridge Opened in Access Week Provides Crucial Link

3 June 2014


Danby Bridleways Bridge RideA new bridleway bridge has been opened in North York Moors National Park after much hard work by the Danby District Bridleways Group. 

The bridge provides a crossing across the River Esk near to Westerdale village in the National Park, and opens up a previously little used bridleway so that it can now be enjoyed by riders in the area. Although only a small addition, it is an excellent link to the local bridleway network and proof that it is not always the largest projects that make the biggest difference to an area’s off-road access.

To mark the opening of the bridge, Danby District Bridleways Group organised a group ride during BHS Access Week. The ride was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated. 

Danby Bridleways Bridge Opening RideThe 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 needed as the roads become busier than ever before, Access Week aims to raise awareness of these issues throughout the UK. 

The ride organised by the Danby District Bridleways Group in North Yorkshire is a great example not only of the type of events that take place during Access Week to promote local access, but also to celebrate the completion of a fantastic community project which will be of true benefit to riders in the area. 

Funds for the project were raised by the Danby District Bridleways Group, with assistance from the North York Moors National Park Authority and the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme. The Group also thanked Senior Ranger Naomi Green, as without her help the scheme could not have been undertaken. 

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