Latest News

Splash Lane to Nabbs Wife and Black Dad

posted 24 Jul 2020, 08:37 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways   [ updated 24 Jul 2020, 09:08 ]

The Bridleway from Splash Lane and Black Dad to Nabbs Wife has now been reopened. 

The Environmental Management Department from Rochdale Council has done quite a bit of work to stop water from the brook overflowing onto the Bridleway and causing water damage to the surface of the path. They have also reinstated the surface of the bridleway and removed the Emergency Closure Notice that was placed on the path back in March.

They have also taken the opportunity to place additional barriers along the route to try and stop motor bikes using the bridleway illegally to get from Birtle to Ashworth Road. 
Any comments regarding the new barriers should be sent directly to Environmental Management as they are monitoring the success of these barriers. (email )

Splash Lane End

Nabbs Wife End

Black Dad End

Bury and Bolton Railway Line

posted 18 May 2020, 11:30 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways

After years of canvassing for this by RBBA Chair Irene Pope and Vice Chair Lesley Tierney it looks like eventually we might be making some progress.
This is yet another example of how the fight to get safe off road routes for Horse Riders, cyclists and ramblers is not a quick process but how continuous focused pressure can sometimes reap benefits. 
If at first you don't succeed try and try again.

Could we put it on the website and Facebook page? Lesley is posting it on Ainsworth Riderx and HAC.


Advice from Local MP re Horse Care - April 1st

posted 1 Apr 2020, 05:34 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways

The following is an email just received from the Heywood and Middleton MP giving current advice from the Government re Horse Care

Latest Update on Restrictions

posted 28 Mar 2020, 07:38 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways

Please make sure that you all comply with whatever the current Government restrictions are. These are changing on a Daily Basis.
Currently these are 
1) assess the necessity for you to go out and the risks to ensure you are not placing undue pressure on the already stretched NHS
2) Only exercise with members of your own household. There is a restriction on more than 2 people gathering in public from different households
3) Make sure you keep at least 2m from other members of the public.
4) Avoid where possible contact with gates and other obstructions. Choose your routes to try and avoid these to prevent the spread of the Virus.
Each and everyone of us have a role to play in the current situation. Make sure you do your part.
Take care, Stay safe and we can look forward to when this is all over continuing with our enjoyment of our hobby.
Please feel free to contact a member of the committee should you wish to discuss anything with us or email us on

Advice from the BHS on equine activities during the current Coronavirus pandemic

posted 25 Mar 2020, 03:58 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways

The BHS is supplying advice which is being updated on an ongoing basis
Please keep safe and avoid unnecessary risks which might put you, your families in danger of contracting the virus or will place unnecessary strain on the NHS at these challenging times.

Splash Lane to Nabbs Wife Emergency Closure

posted 6 Mar 2020, 01:12 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways   [ updated 6 Mar 2020, 01:15 ]

Please note that the Bridlepath from Splash Lane (Ashworth Road) to Nabbs Wife (Birtle) has had an Emergency Closure Notice placed on it due to the water damage that has occured making the path dangerous. It will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Rochdale On Line Article re passing wide and slow

posted 30 Sept 2019, 07:40 by Gill Morrell

An article was posted on the Rochdale on Line Website on the 29 Sept 2019 and is replicated here.

Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association praise police exercise educating how to pass horses safely

GMP’s Mounted Unit's Safer Pass Initiative, in partnership with The British Horse Society, saw 21 cars stopped for passing a horse too closely

Local bridleways group, Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association has praised a police exercise educating motorists on how to pass horses safely.

GMP’s Mounted Unit had a successful day out in Bolton on Wednesday 11 September, during their Safer Pass Initiative in partnership with The British Horse Society.

In just an hour and a half, the initiative saw 21 cars stopped for passing a horse too closely and one car seized for having no insurance.

When passing a horse, motorists should always pass wide and slowly – slowing to a maximum of 15mph and passing with least a car’s width, if possible, of space between you and the horse and rider.

Alarming statistics from The British Horse Society have revealed nearly two horses a week are being killed on UK roads, with 845 incidents involving horses and drivers reported last year.

In the last year alone, 87 horses and four people have been tragically killed whilst riding on the roads and 73% of incidents reported occurred due to vehicles passing by too closely.

Gill Morrell, Treasurer of the Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association, said: “We are really pleased to see that this important safety issue is being treated seriously by GMP.

“They are targeting areas of hotspots for future initiatives and so it is important that all horse riders report any near misses to both the police and the British Horse Society, which is compiling statistics for future use.

“This is the second time that GMP have addressed this important issue, as they carried out a campaign a few years ago educating motorists that the correct speed to pass horses on the road is 15mph. This enables motorists sufficient time to react to the potential unpredictable reaction caused by the flight instinct in any horse.

“This initiative can only help support the education that Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association tries to convey as it continues to work closely with councils to promote and secure safe off-road riding for all vulnerable members of the community, including horse riders and cyclists.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at The British Horse Society, added: “Working with GMP’s Mounted Unit and their Safer Pass Initiative is a brilliant way to highlight the dangers that equestrians face on our roads.

“By collaborating on this new campaign we hope more drivers will be aware that when they are faced with a horse on the road they should slow down to a maximum of 15mph, be patient and ensure they pass the horse wide and slow, before driving slowly away.

“We also encourage riders to play their part by wearing high visibility clothing at all times and by thanking all road users that pass by safely.”

Rochdale and Bury Bridleways Association is an award-winning local voluntary organisation representing local equestrian enthusiasts of all ages, abilities and social background.

It has been working to protect bridleways and by-ways of the area and create new safe off-road routes for horse riders for over 30 years.

You can report indents to GMP and the British Horse Society at:

Date article online: 27/09/2019

Tiger Traps Installed along Woodtop

posted 30 Sept 2019, 07:30 by Gill Morrell

In efforts to try to stop illegal use of the path by motor cycles and quad bikes, the Norden Councillors have worked with Norden Area Forum to provide Tiger Traps and Kissing gates both on the path from Roods Lane and at the end close to School Lane. The Councillors will be observing whether this does reduce or eliminate they illegal usage.
The installations are part of a medium-term project which was initiated through the Norden Area Forum and is progressively reducing ease of access for off-road vehicles to local woodland trails and bridleways.  The project came forward as a result of the huge numbers of trials bikes and quads which have been being ridden through the woodland, causing danger to responsible people who hope to enjoy the area for a range of recreational activities such as walking, running, cycling, horse riding and dog walking.

BHS Accident Reports Map

posted 7 Feb 2013, 05:01 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 7 Feb 2013, 05:02 ]

You may recall that we were encouraging you to report any accidents or dog attacks to the BHS. Well they have now collated their information and portray it on an interactive map. If you are interested in seeing it you can find it at Information on the ma can then be used as evidence when safety measures are being discussed.

Advice from BHS on Hat standards

posted 7 Feb 2013, 04:54 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

You only get one head - make sure you look after yours!

Rule 49 of the Highway Code states:

Safety Equipment: Children under the age of 14 MUST wear a helmet which complies with the Regulations. It MUST be fastened securely. Other riders should also follow this advice. (LAW H (PHYR)R)

There are a wide variety of riding hats and helmets available, all of which have been designed to ensure that the wearer is as comfortable as possible while also being protected to the recognised safety standards. Riding hats are designed to be as effective as possible to help minimise the possible head injuries involved with horse riding, but in keeping with any safety equipment, no riding hat can be guaranteed to protect every rider in all circumstances.

It is essential that the hat chosen fits the head that is to wear it, and as every head is a different shape, it may take quite some time for riders to find the perfect hat for them. But also important is that the hat must be fastened at all times when the rider is mounted on their horse. It is much the best option to go to a reputable tack shop and get someone who has had BETA training in hat fitting, to fit the hat to your head – and never be tempted to buy a second hand hat; it is impossible see with the naked eye if it has been damaged.

The current BHS recognised standards are: 

PAS 015; ASTM F1163; BSEN 1384; EN1384 and SNELL E2001

Download BETA's Guide to Riding Hats to find out more

With care, a good hat will last several years. Do not be tempted to leave your hat in direct sunlight – the shelf in the back of your car is definitely not a place to keep it! Let it dry naturally if it gets wet and don’t be tempted to put it on the radiator. Don’t drop it, or kick it around the floor. Each time it receives any impact, some of the protective properties will be used up and just when you want them to keep you safe, you will find that they may no longer be there!

Manufacturers all make hats in slightly different shapes to each other, so there is something for everyone. Whether you choose a really fancy, top of the range hat is unimportant – it should meet one of the standards above and, preferably, it should also have a quality assurance mark firmly fastened on its inner alongside the standard that the hat is tested to.

If you buy a hat that has been designed specifically for a child, you are unlikely to have VAT included in the price. Hats for children are made in all but the very largest hat sizes, as children’s heads generally stop growing when they reach around 13 years of age. This information was identified by a survey undertaken on Eton schoolboys who are required to wear formal hats, as opposed to soft caps. There are also hats on the market that are very economical to buy – but do ensure that they fit the purpose for which they are intended and they meet a recognised standard. You only have one head – keep it as safe as you can and wear a hat that is fastened each and every time you ride out.

Please note:

CE Mark: All hats MUST be CE marked – that is, declaring compliance with the regulations implementing the European Community Directive 89.626EC (Statutory Instrument 1992 no: 3139). All hats to the above standards will have a CE mark firmly attached inside them.

KITEMARK BSI (British Standards Institute): The Kitemark is the registered trademark of the British Standards Institute and can only be affixed to products certified by them. Kitemark certification is voluntary and can be withdrawn at any time. It is a Quality Assurance Mark.

BSI Kitemarked hats to the European Standards will be stamped BSEN1384. When the Kitemark is displayed on the hat it:

  • Gives the user visible evidence of the helmet’s quality, safety and performance as defined in the specification.
  • Shows the helmets are independently and regularly batch tested by BSI to the appropriate specification.

Hats tested elsewhere in the European Union may be tested to EN1384 standard; however, they will not carry the BSI Kitemark strongly recommended by the BHS and many insurance companies.

Quality Assurance: Any standard hat with a Quality Assurance Mark (such as a BSI Kitemark or an SEI mark) can be viewed as safer than a hat to the same standard without. (Statement taken from BETA ‘What to Wear’ publication)

Competitions and events: Riders competing under the rules of an equestrian discipline, the Pony Club or British Riding Clubs should refer to their respective rule books to find which standards are acceptable under their specific rules

1-10 of 10