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Free Leaflets and Advice

Find a range of useful leaflets to view and download below. All leaflets are in PDF format.

All the leaflets on this page contain advice for access and rights of way in England and Wales. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is very different so for advice on access in those countries, see Northern Ireland or Scotland.

The leaflets with a revised date are checked at least once a year. Older dates only mean that changes have not been needed; the information is still current.  If you have a leaflet which is not listed, it has probably been superseded. Contact access@bhs.org.uk for the latest advice (or phone 02476 840515).

Title Revised Date
Hacking
Dec-19
Riding on beaches
Oct-19
Responsible riding and carriage driving
Dec-19
Hill and upland riding
Dec-19
Opening gates
Dec-19

What you may find on bridleways and byways

Blocked and difficult to use bridleways and byways
Mar-19
Avoiding conflict
Oct-19
Fly-grazing
Dec-19
Horse dung Feb-17
Level crossings
Dec-19
Stallions on land with equestrian access
Dec-19
Riding or driving through cattle, horses and other animals
Dec-19
Wind turbine advice for riders and carriage drivers
Oct-13
Wind farms in Scotland
Shooting
Dec-19

Making sure where you ride or drive is protected for the future

Recording a right of way
Mar-16
2026 toolkit - provides information on the potential loss of unrecorded bridleways and what to do May-14
Researching a route for a Modification Order (DMMO) application
Feb-15

Changes to bridleways

Diverting a right of way
Dec-19
Lobbying
Jan-13
Including equestrians in plans for housing, industry or infrastructure
Dec-19
Solar farms
Jan-17
Wind turbine guidance for planners and developers
Oct-13

Recommendations for standards and specifications of structures and surfaces

Electric fencing
Dec-19
Gates
May-18
Gate installation
Apr-19
Vehicle barriers
Dec-19
Bridges, fords, gradients and steps
Oct-19
Cattle grids
Dec-19
Dimensions for width, area and height
Jul-20
Mounting blocks
Aug-18
Hitching rails
Dec-19
Surfaces  Mar-20
Rubber Crumb
Dec-19
Road crossings
Dec-19
Multi-user paths
Dec-19
Construction sites
Oct-19
Developers and Planners
Dec-19
Deer gates
Dec-19
Horsebox parking
Jul-19
Noise
Mar-18

Other Publications

Stone Mastic Asphalt ('Tarmac') is not a recommended surface for horse use even with treatment as recommended in the guidance note. The BHS would always urge alternatives being used where possible.
BHS Wind Turbine Experiences Survey 2012 - Results
Self-Closing Gates Trial, 2011 report (The BHS)
Self-Closing Gates Trial, 2015 report (Natural England in association with the BHS)
Making Ways for Horses
Health Benefits of Riding
Equestrian statistics (2019)

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