Horse riders in Yorkshire have a new hacking option, thanks to the opening of the North York Moors and Dales Ride.
The 92km circular ride was masterminded by the British Horse Society (BHS) and opened on Tuesday (December 1). It loops through the North York Moors National Park giving riders access to spectacular views and stunning scenery.
“Seeing this route come to fruition is a just fantastic. It is such a good quality route for locals and tourists alike,” said Judith Ratcliffe, BHS assistant access officer.
The route, which would take about four days to ride in its entirety, includes numerous stop off points for weary riders, including pubs and horse-friendly B&Bs. For those who just want to explore the area in an afternoon, there are shorter loops available.
The British Horse Society has been working in conjunction with the Forestry Commission, the North York Moors National Park Authority and a swathe of volunteers for over four years to clear, mark and map the route.
“It has taken years of a lot of hard work from lots of volunteers,” Heather Clatworthy, BHS Senior Executive for Access told H&H.
“As well as local riders, we’ve had help from keen walkers and mountain bikers. This route is a major accomplishment and without the support and help from locals, we could never have achieved it.”
The BHS has been working to expand the National Bridleroute Network for several years, and aims to add two long-distance, linear routes annually. Earlier this year, the William Morgan Ride, a linear route linking North and South Wales, was opened.
“There are 4.3 million equestrians in Britain, yet horse riders only have access to 22% of the public rights of way network,” explained Heather.