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Rights of Way & Equestrian Access Training


Our varied access training days cover several access aspects at different levels, so whether you’re a complete beginner or an avid access supporter, there’s something to suit you.  

Access training is essential for BHS Access and Bridleways Officers; however anyone interested in Riding Out, and protecting and extending where they ride or carriage drive is welcome to book on.

Access training is £10 for members of the public, and a discounted rate of £5 to members of the groups listed below (Restoring the Record Training is free, please see below):

  • BHS Members
  • BHS Equestrian Access Groups and their members
  • British Riding Clubs and their members
  • Pony Club
  • British Driving Society

Most days start at 10 a.m. and finish between 4 and 5 p.m. You will also receive course notes for future reference.  Many courses are now delivered by video conference so you can learn in the comfort of your home without the need for travel.  This enables the Society to increase the number of people it can train over a wider geographical spread and to reduce its environmental impact.

View our current list of dates and book your place online. If you are an Access and Bridleways Officer (or in the process of becoming one) and the course you want appears full, please contact the Access team as there are additional places available for ABOs.

If you know of several people near you wanting training, let us know and we may be able to organise an event for you.

For more details, please contact the access Team or 02476 840515.

Rights of Way Training

Knowing the laws and acts of horse rights of way on UK roads and highways is important for all horse owners and riders. Access training days are a great way of learning all about the laws and issues surrounding your rights to ride and carriage drive.

There are three levels of training available:

  • Level One: Introduction to highway law, rights of way records, changes to bridleways and obstructions.
  • Level Two: Progressing from Level One with public path orders, creating new access and making applications for modification orders.
  • Level Three: Progressing from Level Two with more advanced elements of law, opposed orders and inclusion of equestrians.

Public Inquiry Training Courses

The Public Inquiry training is a two-day course led by one of the country’s leading rights of way associates, Robin Carr, who specialises in disputed public rights of way. 

Day one covers the theory behind an inquiry. Learn how to prepare a case and what requirements and procedures need to be followed. Find out how to acquire evidence to submit a definitive map modification order application and the procedures to follow during the run-up to a public inquiry.

Day two is a practical day. At the end of day one, you will be given a folder of evidence which you will need to research to devise your cross examination and build your case in preparation for day two. During day two, you will participate in a mock public inquiry, giving evidence either for or against the case in question. Day two is only open to those who attend day one. Once you’ve completed the course, you can also represent the Society at a public inquiry.  

2026 Restoring the Record

We have less than 10 years left to officially record around 20,000 historical routes in England before they’re extinguished.

At this free training day, jointly held by the BHS and The Open Spaces Society, learn how to identify historical routes and the key resources used to study them from two acknowledged experts in the field, Sarah Bucks and Dr Phil Wadey. Find out what your evidence can unlock and how to create a systematic research method to investigate your routes. Remember, just because you ride a route doesn’t mean it’s officially recorded.

Start researching your local rides before it’s too late!

Other Specialised Training Days

Other specialised training days include:

  • Specialised Access Training
  • Inquiries Procedure Update Training
  • Update for Inquiries
  • Planning
  • Commons Register Tutorial.

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