Working together we can make sure that routes used by horses in the past are accurately recorded and protected so they can continue to be enjoyed by future generations of equestrians.
To help you to help us save these routes, we’ve gathered together all the resources you’ll need to get started, beginning with our 2026 toolkit (PDF). Our toolkit will take you through a step-by-step process of everything you need to do to legally record and protect your route.
Recording and Researching Routes
To get a head start on researching your routes, we recommend you pick up a copy of Rights of Way, Restoring the Record by Sarah Bucks and Phil Wadey, also known as the ‘green book’. This informative read includes helpful hints and time-saving tips on carrying out research.
We’ve also put together in-depth guides on Researching a Route (PDF) and Recording a Right of Way (PDF), both of which you can print at home to help you as you set about protecting and recording your local routes. Alternatively, you can contact the Access team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02476 840515 to be sent a hard copy.
Project 2026 Map
To enable volunteers to coordinate work, avoid duplication, share evidence and support one another, we have developed a mapping and research site at bhsaccess.org.uk/2026/. Using this, anyone can plot paths of interest and gather and share evidence online on a county-by -county basis.
Part of your application for recording your routes will include documentary evidence to back up your claim that your route is an historic one that carries public rights. In addition to the evidence listed in our toolkit, there are other documents that can provide evidence to support your case:
- Check with your local authority who may hold some evidence (old highway records for instance)
- Some documents are only available at national records centres such as The National Archives at Kew or the British Library
- A great tip is to use the National Archives online catalogue, which includes collections at most country record offices – put the nearest village in the search box and see what comes up
- Check out our comprehensive list of online sources of historical evidence
Your BHS Regional Access and Bridleways Officer (RABO) or County Access and Bridleways Officer (CABO) may be able to help by assessing your evidence to see if it’s sufficient and then guide you in the preparation and submission of your application.
Get in touch
If you have completed the research but don’t want to send in the application, contact your local BHS Access Field Officer and they will help.