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Horse riding

The network of user-friendly routes above was devised by volunteer John Presgrave with support from Devon and Somerset rights of way teams and the Blackdown Hills AONB team.

General information

Parking
Riders are responsible for finding safe and appropriate parking. Please consider others when parking vehicles and trailers and don't block gateways or access points. The start points on the maps do not guarantee suitable parking.

Preparation 
In addition to the route leaflet it is recommended that you carry a relevant OS map and compass. OS Explorer 115, 116 and 128 (1:25,000) and Landranger 193 (1:50,000) cover the area.  A transparent map case worn around the neck might also be useful. Do pack sufficient food and drink and take appropriate clothing, including waterproofs.

Safety
British Horse Society advises that riders wear a fluorescent vest while riding on roads. BHS safety information.

Following a route
Route directions given on this website were correct at the time of writing. Please remember however that conditions, landmarks, and designated rights of way can change. Your route may not be waymarked throughout.

Code of Riding

Care for the land - please do not stray off the line of the route. Do not damage hedgerows by jumping and please remember that horses' hooves can damage surfaces in bad weather.

Courtesy shown to others - please pay heed to walkers, cyclists and other riders, and acknowledge courtesy shown by drivers.

Consider the farmer - please leave gates as you find them. Ride slowly past all livestock. Ride safely and enjoy the countryside.

Feedback

If you have ridden one of these routes and have comments about the condition of the bridleways, please contact the relevant county rights of way team:
Email Devon rights of way team
Email Somerset rights of way team


Equine information

For information on local equine businesses, see the Blackdown Hills Directory

British Horse Society South West

Horses, the landscape and you - a guide to keeping horses in protected landscapes. Produced by the South West Protected Landscapes Forum.


 

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