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Inconsiderate Behaviour - Request to bear in mind other

posted 20 Dec 2014, 04:07 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:11 ]

We have been approached by the occupier of Black Dadds Farm regarding inconsiderate riding behaviours through his forecourt and along his grass verge. We are working very closely with him to try and reach amicable solutions and will be erecting additional signs pointing out that the grass verge is a concessionary arrangement available for riding along at a walk when the ground is not saturated. He has already erected signs requesting that riders keep to the Bridlepath (ie the road) but by close working we are hopeful that when the weather is dry and the tarmac becomes slippy to horses that we continue to have the concession of being able to ride on the grass thus avoiding slipping. 
On Saturday the 20th December the behavior of a young girl on a skewbald pony has jeopardised our progress. She approached the farm from Nabbs wife and proceeded to gallop right past the front of his house (despite it being a tarmac parking area) and then up the grass verge towards Dairy House Farm. The damage to the grass verge is shown below and I think you will all agree is unacceptable. His wife is very fearful for the safety of their young grandchild who could quite easily have been out in the forecourt and could have become trampled. When they eventually caught up with the individual on School Lane there was no apology or acknowledgement that they had done anything wrong which does not put horse riders in a good light. Luckily through our dialogue he appreciates that these people are exceptions rather than representative of the entire equine community.

Please can you continue to respect the other users of bridlepaths and landowners and encourage non members to respect them as well. Should this sort of behavior continue then the occupier is seriously considering adding additional gates to the route to attempt to slow down the pace. This obviously would make it more difficult for all to traverse the route and is in no ones best interest. We will continue to work with him to try and avoid the need for this.

Results of Windfarm Survey

posted 3 Nov 2014, 14:16 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:11 ]

Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill in the windfarm survey asking what your thoughts would be on the proposed developments by Coronation Power. Irene has done a sterling job and compiled the results of the survey which can be seen in the attached file.

Temporary Closure of Bridleway

posted 3 Nov 2014, 14:13 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:13 ]

From the 3rd November until early December the Bridleway from Edenfield Road at Red Lumb to Meadowhead Lane will be closed whilst a pipe is laid by United Utilities.

Request for you to complete survey

posted 12 Oct 2014, 06:49 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:14 ]

Hi everyone

To help us keep Rooley Moor Road and Rooley Common safe to ride on we would be grateful if you could complete and return this survey.

Contact Irene Pope (079098436680) and it will be collected  or return by e-mail (

Thank you for your help


Bury Bridleway re-opens.

posted 5 Oct 2014, 12:22 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:14 ]

Bridleway 111 that links Elton Sailing Club at Elton Reservoir to Daisyfield  in the West of  Bury has been re-opened. Bury Council have put new gates at the ends of the bridleway to replace the stiles that were in place and that prevented horse riders from accessing the bridleway. 

BHS Ragwort Survey

posted 23 Jul 2014, 12:24 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:15 ]

Every year, the BHS are inundated with ragwort concerns from equestrians, many of whom invest large amounts of time and money in trying to control the weed.

Therefore, BHS are delighted to announce that they are working with Defra to launch an exciting new research project to discover the real facts about ragwort and horses.

Their new survey will gather data from across England on the perceptions and reality of the impact of ragwort. The results will inform measures to ensure the appropriate use of the Weeds Act 1959, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and other relevant legislation.

They need your help now.
By completing the ten-minute survey, you’ll help them establish a true picture of the situation.

Please take the time to complete the survey at Even better, once you have done this, please forward to your friends and family and ask them to take part.

The survey closes on 15 August 2014, so don’t miss this chance – have your say and help the BHS make the biggest difference we can.

Interested in spending a few days at Badger Fields and exploring?

posted 23 Jul 2014, 12:21 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:15 ]

Irene Pope is looking for someone who would like to spend a few days in August staying at Badger Fields outside Hebden Bridge to explore the bridleways around here.If you are interested in joining Irene please contact her on 0161 797-9688

E-mail from Coronation Power re revised proposal

posted 16 Apr 2014, 12:40 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:13 ]

From: "Cyra" <>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 11:40
Subject: Proposed Rooley Moor Wind Farm
To: "" <>

Dear Ms Oliver

We hope that you have been made aware through articles in the press that Coronation Power has decided to reduce the number of wind turbines in the proposed wind farm from 17 to 12.  I attach a plan showing the new layout of the wind farm.

 We would like to state that we think the wind farm and horse riding users of the Moor can coexist.  However concerns have been raised and we are putting forward some proposals to enhance the use of Rooley Moor road and provide alternative solutions if users wish to avoid the turbines.

 You will note that the three turbines to the south of the site, that you were most concerned with, have now been removed.  At the exhibition in Heywood you also requested whether it would be possible for the wind farm to provide a gallop for horses during the construction phase of the wind farm. 

 We have looked at this more closely and in discussion with the landowner think we are able to offer more enhancements to Rooley Moor that would be beneficial to horse riders. These are shown on the attached plan. For ease of reference the other existing rights of way are also shown on the plan. The enhancements are:

  1. Proposed Gallop (Yellow line): a proposed location for a gallop running parallel to an existing track way and footpath.  The length of the gallop is 420m long.  Work would be needed to flatten and improve the ground.  Access to the proposed gallop could be achieved from a variety of different routes on the moor and would not need to come from the main Rooley Moor entrance.  What are your views on the location of the proposed gallop?
  2. Upgrade of existing foot path to Bridleway (Blue dashed line): We understand that you regularly use this footpath.  Whilst this is permitted, as Rooley Moor is an urban common under s 193 of the Law of Property Act 1925, we are proposing to upgrade the existing foot path to a bridleway to give more certainty to users of the moor.  This would provide an alternative route to Rooley Moor Road during and after construction.  The only change is this route would divert from the existing foot path so that it adjoins with the existing bridleway on the west of Rooley Moor Road.  Would the upgrading of this foot path be of benefit to you?  Do you think there is any need to do physical work to the foot path to make it more suitable for horses?

 3.      New Bridleway (dark red dashed line):  This proposed new bridleway would create a new link to Rooley Moor Road and enable a figure of eight loop that could be used by horse riders. It would provide an alternative route to Rooley Moor Road during construction and allow those horse riders who do not wish to have turbines on both sides of them to skirt round the wind farm.  Do you have any comments on the location of this proposed new bridleway?

 We do hope that these enhancements would be of benefit to you and would welcome any comments you have on them.  Please feel free to email me or call me on 07932 625855.

 I have also put a hard copy of this email/plan in the post to you today

 Yours sincerely

 Cyra Parkes

More Wind Turbines on Rooley Moor

posted 7 Apr 2014, 11:32 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:15 ]

Both Coronation Power and Peel Holdings will be submitting plans for more wind turbines up on the moors above Rochdale. Coronation Power intend placing turbines in the close proximity to the National Trail, Mary Townley Loop. To try and keep all interested parties appraised of developments Prickshaw & Broadley Fold Conservation Area Association has recently been set up to highlight the conservation area and keep people informed of the proposed wind farm development on Rooley Moor.
This development will have a massive negative impact on the bridleways over Rooley Moor and we believe presents a very real danger to riders wishing to use the moor. The Coronation Power plans that are currently thought to be being submitted are to put 17 windmills on Rooley Moor.  Apart from the National Bridleway which runs up the middle of Rooley Moor there are numerous tracks which have been ridden for years which may become inaccessible if a windfarm is built here.  Another big issue is the disruption which will be caused by Rooley Moor Road being the main access route for the wagons and other vehicles and machinery relating to the windfarm.

Prickshaw & Broadley Fold Conservation Area Association's website address is It will also allow people to keep updated with any communication they have with the developers.
Rochdale & Bury Bridleways will be sending letters on the subject to various stakeholders but it is important that any one who feels they will be affected and want their voices heard to submit their own individual letters.
If you are interested please keep your eyes on both our website and the Prickshaw & Broadley Fold Conservation Area Association websites.

Tack Theft

posted 8 Jan 2014, 13:06 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 4 Jun 2017, 01:16 ]

Please be aware that last night (7th Jan) a tack room at a yard in Norden/Bamford area was broken into and 6 saddles stolen.  Please be extra vigilant and if anyone tries to sell you any second hand saddles please contact the police.

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