How to check the status of your favourite horse riding routes
We are committed to protecting and preserving the equestrian off-road network. Working together we can ensure that the routes you ride are accurately recorded as safe off-road routes. Here is our step by step guide to check your favourite routes and rides are recorded correctly:
Firstly, you will need to look at an Ordnance Survey explorer 1:25,000 scale map. Before you get started it is important to take the time to understand the key to the map. Ordnance Survey maps can be purchased online or from various book shops.
Alternatively, you can view the Ordnance Survey map for free by using Bing Maps. To view the Ordnance Survey overlay, ensure your screen is expanded, click on the road icon in the top right of the map and select the ‘Ordnance Survey’.
Find the routes you ride on the Ordnance Survey map and check to see if they are marked as a Bridleway, Restricted byway or a Byway open to all traffic. If the route is marked correctly you do not need to do anything else, it is safe!
If your route isn’t marked as a Bridleway, Restricted byway or a Byway open to all traffic, or if it is marked as something different to what you expected, you can double check on the local authority’s map. You can do this online or by contacting their Rights of Way department.
To find the authority's map online, type the council’s name and ‘Rights of Way map’ into your search engine; for example ‘Warwickshire County Council Rights of Way Map’. If this doesn’t bring up the page you are looking for you may have to search through the authority website, as every authority’s website is different.
Once you have found the authority's map, you will need to check if the route is marked as a Bridleway, Restricted byway or a Byway open to all traffic. If the route is marked correctly you do not need to do anything else, it is safe!
If you have followed these steps and you do not think the route you ride is recorded correctly, you can log your route with us by using the form below or alternatively you can find out how to save the route yourself by reading our ‘2026 Toolkit’.