We have some of the most spectacular riding in the North West on our doorstep but it has come at the cost of a few dedicated people who have fought the authorities, landowners, other outdoor recreational groups to ensure our right to ride along the Drove Roads, Pack Horse Ways, general bridleways and, in the more recent era, the so called ‘Cycleway’ where although the bridleway network has embraced use of the cycle since 1968, it seems the feeling is not reciprocal. This needs to be corrected if we are all to enjoy our common history and landscape in harmony and mutual respect. Hence the Burnley Bridleways Association is an organisation dedicated to working with the Local Authority, Landowners, National Bodies and other Access Organisations to enhance and grow the local network for all non-motorised users both within the Borough and with networks contiguous with our borders.
Please always ride safely. Take a map – the Leisure Map OS21 – South Pennine is double sided and the one you want for Burnley and its neighbours – and not just your ‘phone. Make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear, head gear and that someone knows where you are going. None of these rides are out of bounds to beginners …. a horse has 4 legs and knows how to use them but be aware that you will need to know how to open and close gates, scramble over wet patches and there may be road work. So trust your fellow travellers – human or horse and go with the flow.
Finally, please join our Bridleway Association. It is only through membership that we gain the numbers to persuade those that CAN that we NEED. In Burnley we are lucky that we have the support of the Local Council but that does not mean we are always top of the list of consultees or simply considered when a scheme is suggested. Your £10 will help us help others to maintain and open more routes where we can all enjoy both the rural and urban landscape we are so lucky to live in.
‘The Air of Heaven is that which Blows between a Horses Ears.’ Onward and upward……..