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Bridleways Upgraded to Restricted BywaysSubmitted by: Carol 20 03 2015 15:29
Bridleway 4, Winterborne Steepleton, Bridleways 9 (part), 43 and 11 Portesham and Bridleways 8 and 17 Winterborne Martin. From the C112 Road Winterborne Steppleton to the B3159 Goulds Hill, Weymouth. All part of the South West Coastal Path.

Upgraded to Restricted BywaysSubmitted by: Carol 20 03 2015 14:39
Bridleway No 3, Long Bredy and Bridleways 44 & 45, Kingston RussellOrder Dated 24th October 2014

Canford Heath - Cattle
Holt HeathSubmitted by: Bridleways Officer 19 03 2015 13:37
We have been advised that Cattle will shortly be turned out on Holt Heath, near Wimborne.

Bridleway Sub Committee
Have you a passion for protecting your bridleways?Submitted by: County Access & Bridleway Officer 07 06 2013 12:39
Dorset have recently set up a Bridleway Sub Committee and plan to meet 3-4 times a year. If you would like to come along, or if you feel that you could contribute towards protecting the network of bridleways in Dorset, we should love to have you at our meetings. Please call me on 01258-880318 for more details.

Forestry Access
FREE Riding Access to SW ForestsSubmitted by: bhsaccesssouthwest 07 05 2013 17:21
You no longer need a permit to ride in Forestry Commission Forests in the SW. Riding will be unrestricted in Commission owned woodland. Riding is not permitted in leasehold woodland at Boconnoc, Clinnicks, Largin, Dunmere and East Wood. Carriage drivers will still require permits as they are taking a vehicle into the forest; event organisers should contact

Dorset General News
Beaminster & Villages Bridleway GroupSubmitted by: BWOfficer 17 03 2013 16:27
The above Group has replaced the old Halstock & Corscombe BW Group.We are looking for a new Committee to orgainse this new Group.There is already a healthy bank account, so new ideas from local riders would be great. If you are keen to keep your bridleways open and useable then you are needed. Contact Tom Drury on emailWind Turbines
Wind Turbine GuidelinesSubmitted by: bhsaccesssouthwest 11 02 2013 22:24
The BHS has very clear guidelines in its leaflet on the siting turbines.See However the guidelines are not mandatory and planners seem reluctant to follow them. Check with your local council that they are aware of these guidelines and the implications for horses and riders

Forestry Access
Protecting Forests Submitted by: bhsaccesssouthwest 01 02 2013 16:18
DEFRA has announced that a new public body is to be established that will will protect forests for future generations.

Forestry Access
The Independent Panel on ForestrySubmitted by: bhsaccesssouthwest 17 11 2012 15:30
In July 2012 The Independent Panel on Forestry.has presented its report. The panel recognises that the quality of access to the public forest estate is unrivalled and that this should be secured for the nation for the long term. This appears to be good news if the government takes note and follows it through.

Self Closing GatesSubmitted by: bhsaccesssouthwest 12 11 2012 10:56
Self Closing Gates (and especially one way opening) continue to be of great concern to riders. Fast closing times and difficult approaches and exits often make it impossible to get your horses through without being guillotined or bashed from behind by the gate. Please report all incidents with gatesto . Your feedback on gate issues is also welcome via this page's forum.

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