As spring arrives, hopefully with some better weather, you might be starting to plan your riding schedule for the year. Have a look at the list of fun rides under ‘dates for your diary‘.
Remember, when the need arises, SSBA can help put together a clearance party to get rid of brambles etc on bridleways.
Our committe members have planned DofE ridden expedition routes in Somerset, Devon and Dorset and done 2-4 day rides in the south west such as the Coleridge Way and Wessex Ridgeway. Contact us if you would like help to plan your horsey holiday.
The SSBA recently worked with South Somerset County Council with regards to issues along some of our bridleways. The responce we received is below. Thank you to those who brought the issues to our attention and to the Rights of Way Area Wardens for their help in keeping these vital routes open.
An update following my visit to Kingswood Farm last week. I have spoken to the landowner at Kingswood about us having reports that riders were being turned away from his farm and yes the Bridleway is still closed at the junction of Y 10/29 & Y 10/27 to Marsh Farm.
We are going to carry our works along the bridleway from Common Lane to the Dorset border beyond Whitevine Farm which I will list below. (I have the works scheduled in for this month) Where the B/W starts at common lane there will be a new bridleway gate installed beside the cattle grid.
Where the locked gate is there is now a wide gap this will remain but there will be a section of post and rail fence alongside the stream. Any other gates would have new easy opening arms fitted.
Going towards Whitevine Farm there has been a small gate fitted by the landowner but there is a ditch close to it, the ditch will be piped and a proper B/W gate will be installed the works here will be carried out by the landowner of Whitevine Farm.
Works to the gates going to Marsh Farm will not be done whilst it is under a closure notice, [we] will update you with the situation regarding the dangerous bridge and this closure.
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Somerset County Council (SCC) is proposing to create a route as a public bridleway over land which was excluded from the recent SCC farm sale and would be pleased to receive your comments.
The lawful width of the route will be restricted to a maximum of 3m throughout except where it passes through existing field gates and a 1.5m wide gate will be installed adjacent to the existing field gate at location A (see plan below). The final position of the gate is to be confirmed following this consultation.
The proposed bridleway route is shown on the plan below.
Please do send your comments or questions on this proposal to Mr Loren Eldred, SCC Rights of Way Officer by the 20th December 2019: LEldred@somerset.gov.uk
A 9 mile ride through the Stourhead estate with wonderful scenery and woodland tracks. This is a read and ride route; you will be given a map and written instructions. £12.00 per rider.
Start time 9.30am, last rider to start no later than 10.45am.
To book your place phone Penny Varnes on 01747 840680 or 07494 895940
Complete the entry form here and bring it with you or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions to venue, Bonham Airfield in Bells Lane, Stourton:
Grid Reference 780336
From the west, A303 take the Tinkers Hill exit east of Wincanton signed for Gillingham and Blandford. Turn right at the T junction and follow the road to Zeals. Turn left signed to St Martin’s Business Park. Parking is on the left after approximately 1 mile.
From Frome, take the B3092 turn right to Stourhead, then left into Bells Lane. Parking is a short distance on the right.
Please have a look at the Langport Cycleway Report here. If you ride the route we’d love to hear from you; it helps us to show there is no conflict between horse riders and other users and may help us to open up other routes for riding. Thank you for your help!