Improving our bridleways…

 

Welcome to the Mid-Cheshire Bridleway Association

About the Mid Cheshire Bridleway Association

Mid Cheshire Bridleways was formed in 1991 to promote safe riding in safe and pleasant surroundings. We have an elected committee and are affiliated to the British Horse Society and the Bridleways and Byways Trust. We cover the area from the Wirral to Chester, south to Nantwich and east as far as the M6. We have established links with Cheshire East and Cheshire West Council rights of way sections and are represented at the Cheshire West Local Access Forum.

Mid Cheshire Bridleways has always worked with local authorities, landowners and various other partners to help create and maintain safe, interesting rides.  Our major successes have been being instrumental in the creation of Delamere Loop which took almost 20 years to come to fruition and the creation of the Oakmere Way. The opening up of the Aston Ring was another of our  early successes. Details and plans of these routes are available from the links above. We also contribute to consultation documents including rights of way improvement plans, Highway improvements and comment on planning applications involving equestrian access.

Ray Hall – Former Chairman

Ray Hall sadly passed away on July 14th 2021. He was born in 1931 in Pilling, Lancashire joining ICI after school staying with this company all his working life, transferring to Cheshire where he became a plant manager.  Ray always had a natural affinity with the countryside and gardening and always led a very active life.  He was a natural communicator with a great sense of humour and was always ready to help others.  Ray leaves his wife Dianne whom he was married to for 63 years. They both managed a smallholding breeding alpacas and Jacob’s sheep and keeping hens.  Ray and Dianne also ran a Bed and Breakfast until recently catering for both riders and their horses as their farm is located on the Delamere Loop.

Ray was one of the founder members of Mid Cheshire Bridleway Association which formed in 1991 and acted as Chairman since 1995 for a period of 25 years!  He worked tirelessly all these years to improve bridleways and secure new routes despite not riding himself. In the nineties, Ray organised many work parties to clear and improve bridleways and forged an excellent working relationship with Council officers, landowners and other user groups.

Ray was instrumental in opening up many routes for riders following years of dedicated work.  These include the Aston Ring bridleway in the nineties, the Delamere Loop multi-user route in 2009 and the Oakmere Way bridleway in 2014.

Ray regularly attended rights of way meetings with several local authorities in Cheshire, contributing to access consultations and lobbying hard for issues that affected horse riders.  

Ray also promoted MCBA’s activities by organising displays at local shows including the Royal Cheshire and also helped organise many fund raising social activities over the years including quizzes which he loved to preside over. 

Earlier this year, Ray received an Access Achievement Award from the BHS for his service to equestrian access and he was delighted.  Ray left a real legacy and will be sorely missed.

Membership of the Mid-Cheshire Bridleway Association

Mid Cheshire Bridleways is 30 years old this year and is now at a crisis point as some years ago we had nearly 90 members and at one point had a committee of 11 including a social committee. At the 2020 AGM, Ray Hall stood down after 25 years as Chairman, as did Di Hall and Tony Overland and Ray made a plea for some new members. Following our 2021 virtual AGM, we are pleased to report that we now have the following new committee members, who are all keen riders: Susie Marriott, Liz Holmes and Janene Hamilton.  Sharon Angus-Crawshaw has kindly agreed to stand in as Acting Chair until we can fill this role. Kath Wurcbacher is also acting membership secretary and Sue Ward has also agreed to remain as treasurer for 2021 but we will be looking for any volunteers to fill these roles for 2022.

Please help us to carry on our valuable work lobbying for rights of way improvements, researching lost routes and to get these added to the definitive map, promoting safe riding by ensuring routes are kept open and usable and creating new routes for riders. If you would like to join, we would love to hear from you – please complete the membership form or email us at enquiries@midcheshirebridleways.co.uk.

Our Facebook group allows members to chat, arrange rides or ask for advice if exploring an unfamiliar location. Get tips and hints from each other on where to park, where to find food etc.  Find someone to ride with if exploring somewhere new.

Newsletters are sent out periodically to highlight issues, give news and reminders and recent copies are included on this website.

Membership for 2021 is £10 for individuals and £15 for family.

Please click Membership Application to download the membership form.

Bridleway Routes …

Aston Ring

This attractive route provides an off-road, circular route of approximately seven miles, much of which follows the Weaver Navigation.

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Delamere Loop

This is a 35km (22 mile) circular route for horse riders following bridleways, minor roads and permissive access routes.

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Oakmere Way

Is a dedicated bridleway linking the Whitegate Way with Delamere Forest. It was completed in Spring 2014 and is just over 3km (2 miles) long.

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Oakmere Way Bridleway

There are more Bridleway Routes to download on our Bridleway Routes  page