The British Horse Society (BHS) are asking for more volunteers to help with crucial work ensuring all bridleways and byways are recorded before 2026.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 will extinguish unrecorded rights of way if they came into being before 1949 in 2026.

In order to help the BHS you could enlist on their training programme starting with an introduction to access and right of way (level one) right up to a mock day where you can test your skills defending your equestrian access in front of a real inspector.

The training is free provided you are a Bronze member of the BHS (which starts from £17), members of a BHS Equestrian Access Group, or British Riding Club. There is a £10 deposit required when booking to secure your place.

If you are passionate about being able to ride off roads down properly maintained bridleways why not volunteer to assist the BHS in preserving and extending these rights of way?

To find out more about access and rights of way training, or find a course near you visit the BHS website, or contact the BHS Access team directly on 02476 840515 or