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December 2019

posted 29 Dec 2020, 07:00 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways




This newsletter records what the RBBA committee have been involved with concerning Rights of Way in Rochdale, Rossendale and Bury in the last 3 months.


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

Date published: 29 September 2019


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

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.

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.

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:

Rochdale Rights of Way

Furbarn Lane – a DMMO application to create a bridleway from Edenfield Road opposite the War Memorial to Clay Lane was submitted at the Rights of Way meeting on 12th December.  2 other routes were included in the application: (a) From Ashbourne Street to Shepherd Street and (b) From the Rake to Lower Jowkin Lane.

Northdene Drive – It is nearly a year since Rochdale Council awarded an Order for bridleway status along this route. We are still waiting to hear if the Order is to be confirmed or if it will have to go to Public Inquiry because there are objections to this decision.

Plumpton Cottages – in the new year we will be concentrating our efforts in getting an application together for the route by Plumpton Cottages.

Bury Rights of Way

DMMO applications.

On 23rd October 2019 2 DMMO applications were submitted to Bury Council at the Local Access Forum meeting. These were (a) From the top of Hawkshaw Lane to Moorbottom Road to allow riders from Hawkshaw to access Holcombe Moor without using the main road through Hawkshaw and (b) Upgrading the western end of Bentley Hall Road to a restricted byway and also a spur through to Heights Barn Farm.

Chesham Road – RBBA have been invited to discussions with Bury Council concerning a proposal to tarmac a bridleway near Chesham Park.

There is a Special School which is accessed from the bridleway and staff are not happy with having to drive up the bumpy bridleway to access the staff car park! It’s only a few hundred metres! Estimates to tarmac this short length are in the region of £15 000 which is to come from the School’s budget. We have had a site visit with the Landscape Architect who has been tasked with this project. It is proposed to try and solve the drainage of water down the bridleway first by directing it away from the bridleway. If tarmac is to be resorted to RBBA have asked that a horse friendly strip of something like nu-flex is laid beside the tarmac.

RBBA are delighted that we have been consulted. Progress!

Walshaw – bridleway 143BUR

RBBA sent in a comment to Bury Planning concerning housing development adjacent to this bridleway. One request asked that cars and motorbikes were denied access from the new housing development onto this bridleway.


The following appeared in the Planning Document for this application.

RBBA hope that this is in response to our comment but there is no way of knowing this for sure.

Haweswater Aqueduct

The Haweswater Aqueduct is the pipe through which water is transported to the Manchester area from the Lake District. Apparently it is shortly due for refurbishment.

The pipeline is believed to pass to the east of the M66 as it passes by Bury. Nangreaves, Walmersley and Broad Oak are involved.

The green hatched areas on the following map shows the area affected. The other marked areas (F and G) show where construction compounds are to be sited. F is in Walmersley and G is at Broad Oak.

There is a document on Bury Planning website which gives the Scoping Opinion with all the details.

The Scoping Opinion states the following.

Unfortunately a well- used bridleway passes through area F.

We believe this bridleway may be under threat of closure, perhaps for 4 years, the duration of this project from 2023.

RBBA have already sent in a comment to the effect that if this bridleway is closed then horse riders will be forced on to Walmersley Old Road which is to be used as an access route for construction traffic to not only this project but also the housing development (260+ houses) on the Tetrosyl site at Bevis Green. We have pointed out that this would not be a safe scenario.

At present the public cannot comment on this Scoping Opinion. Apparently Bury Council have got to have their say first. However, as soon as it is open to public comments we hope that you will feel moved to write in and express your horror at the prospect of this bridleway being closed for such a long time. We will let you know of developments and when we can start sending in comments. Hopefully they may decide the bridleway does not need to be closed in the meantime.


In 2019 we have not been able to arrange many speakers. Since the September newsletter we have had a chat evening to keep in touch with our members and in November we had a “Call My Bluff” word quiz. Thank you to all of you who came to those 2 events.


In January and February  meetings will be at The Packhorse on Elbut Lane as usual, starting at 8pm.

On January 27th we will be holding our AGM and we warmly invite you to come and get the year off to a good start. We will have the evidence forms for Plumpton Cottages available.

On 24th February Simon Constable will be coming to give a talk about his premises.

From April we will be holding our meetings at a new venue yet to be decided as The Packhorse is to undergo a major refurbishment and our usual rooms will not be available. If you have any suggestions as to where we can meet please let us know.

Finally, the Committee of RBBA wish you a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank you for your support in 2019 and look forward to seeing you in 2020.