Improving our bridleways…


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Newsletter Winter 2020


Mid Cheshire Bridleways is 30 years old this year and is now at a real crisis point! Initially we had nearly 90 members and at one point had a committee of 11 including a social committee. At last year’s 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 blood. Although we had some initial interest, we now only have a skeleton committee of 4 members, with no Chairperson or membership secretary. Our treasurer of 20 years, Sue Ward would like to retire, but has kindly agreed to carry on for a while until a replacement can be found.

Our key aims are:

  • To lobby for rights of way improvements
  • To research lost routes and to get these added to the definitive map
  • To promote safe riding by ensuring routes are kept open and usable
  • To create new routes for riders

Our key achievements are:

  • Opening up several obstructed bridleways to create the Aston Ring
  • Helping create new routes for riders including the Delamere Loop, the Bishop Bennett Way, the Oakmere Way and producing leaflets for all these
  • Working with public authorities and agencies to create routes for riders at sites including Old Pale Woodland at Delamere and in Northwich Community Woodlands
  • Getting bridleway routes added to the definitive map
    Promoting MCBA through the website and Facebook pages
  • Organising rides and other social activities to raise funds

We have just heard that the Peckforton Estate have agreed to extend their permissive routes for a further 10 years subject to agreement by Cheshire East Council ROW to carry on with the upkeep which sounds good news. If anyone wants a copy of the route plans, please get in touch.

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