House of Commons - Written Answers 3 November 2010


Bridleways: Horse Riding

Simon Hart: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on (a) horse rider access to bridleways and (b) future numbers of bridleways. [20990]

Richard Benyon: DEFRA is keen for horse riders to be able to access more off-road riding to take them away from busy roads. We will use a big society approach, using innovative ways of creating improved bridleway networks, including statutory, permissive and paid access. DEFRA supports equestrian access organisations working strategically with local highway authorities and landowners to deliver real benefits to horse riders.