MULTI USE ROUTES
Multi use routes are being developed across the Country to provide all Horse Riders, Cyclists and Walkers with safe off road routes.
South West Riders support these routes and continue to press the Authorities for Horse Riders to be allowed on existing Cycle Ways and with the development of new routes, such as The Granite Way, that Horse Riders are provided with access to them.
A new section which opened, is located at Station Road, Bridestowe, accessed from the A386 Okehampton – Tavistock Road, the turning is opposite the Fox and Hounds Pub. This has opened up a Bridleway accessing Dartmoor at Southerly, when prior the riders would have had to cross the A386. Members will be aware that South West Riders have battled tirelessly for many years for this new section to be multi-use and therefore consider this to be a memorable achievement. We are hoping that many of you will venture forth to make use of it – there is plenty of suitable parking for horse boxes along the wide section of Station Road, but please take care not to obstruct any entrances or gateways.
Other examples of Multi Use Routes in Devon/Cornwall are:
Fingle Woods We are delighted to learn that The Woodland Trust have acquired Fingle Woods on the River Teign near Castle Drogo and opened up an extensive network of tracks. These are multi use tracks so, as ever, we must ride responsibly and courteously but it is great that they are open for riding.
Haldon Forest, just off the A38 at Devon and Exeter Racecourse – provides multi use routes and dedicated Horse Tracks.
Cookworthy Forest – situated just past Halwill Junction, Okehampton on the A3079 – provides Multi Use Routes.
Tarka Trail – Part of the Tarka Trail is now open to Horse Riders. More details can be found using the link.
Meeth Quarry – Has a Multi Use Trail, Please click here for further information and guide to the trail.
Clay Trails – Located near St Austell, they have various routes for Horse Riding.
A small guide for Multi Use Routes
• Be polite and considerate if someone lets you pass and thank them.
• Ride at a sensible pace that is appropriate to the conditions, e.g. when the path is busy.
• Encourage cyclists to let you know they are approaching by ringing a bell or a friendly “hello”.
• Be prepared to slow or stop – there may be people who don’t know you are there or dogs off a lead.
• Take care when passing others especially children and older or disabled people and allow them plenty of room.