On 1 January 2026, bridleways in England and Wales that aren’t formally recorded will be lost to the public. Our campaign, Project 2026, aims to safeguard bridleways for public use so that equestrians today and in the future have safe off-road routes to ride on.
Our Project 2026 website enables people to identify routes to be researched, and to collate evidence that they have collected. If you wish, you can use it to generate a complete application including a Summary document with copies of all the evidence gathered. Even if you don’t wish to do this, in order to make Project 2026 as efficient as possible and to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, we would encourage everyone to add any routes that they are researching and to note if and when they have submitted a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) application for them. The guide should help you start using the site and point you to further support if needed.
“I had already been using the Project 2026 website for accessing historic maps. Following the National Access Conference in 2019 where I attended the break-out section with Adrian Bigg and Will Steel, ‘Making the best of Project 2026’, I decided to try and create a DMMO from start to finish using the website. The system is user friendly and once you have all your evidence on your laptop with screen shots and uploads mastered, you are well on your way.
It took me two days from start to finish to do my first application using the site. I submitted the claim electronically at 8pm on a Sunday and on the Monday morning I went into the Council offices to sign the documents and supply them with a physical copy. The Rights of Way team were extremely surprised at our efficiency and liked the electronic version as a more environmentally friendly way of applying for a DMMO. I did my second application a week later, a little bit quicker than the first. This enabled me to hit my personal target I’d set myself of 10 applications for the year.”
- Mark Corrigan, Kirklees Bridleway Group
If you’re not quite sure how to get started, or if this is the first you’ve heard about the 2026 deadline, take part in one of our access trainings days which will equip you with basic knowledge and skills needed to get going.