Streetwise April 2013

posted 28 Apr 2013, 11:33 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association was founded in 1988 and we are now in our 25th year.  Our aim is to promote the bridleways network in the area between Bury, Rochdale and Rossendale by ensuring that existing bridleways remain open and ride-able and by seeking the creation of further bridleways.  This is to minimise the need for horse riders to use the main roads for riding and to reduce the risk of and occurrence of accidents involving vehicles and horses.


Recent projects we have funded include a dry path alongside the deep puddles on Fairbarn Lane which benefits riders and walkers, a bridge over a fast running stream in our Ashworth Reservoir concessionary route which was a joint effort with United Utilities with a contribution from Rochdale Township donated by the late Councillor Ann Metcalfe who was one of our biggest supporters.  We have cleared mud from the bridleway around Rochdale Golf Course and Nabs Wife and also bought a new gate.  In Bury after much fund raising we have managed to get a very muddy, stoney stretch of bridleway through Dunham Farm resurfaced and before that a treacherous route known locally as “the drains” resurfaced.


Unfortunately horse riders regularly get a bad press from some of our neighbours because of horse muck on the roads and sometimes pavements.  We, as an organisation, ask our members on a regular basis to clear up any muck, even if it means going back after a ride.  Not all riders in the area are members and not all are responsible but we do our best.