Riders urged to make sure local routes are recorded

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Riders in the UK are being urged to ensure that all of their hacking routes are on their local council's definitive map of rights of way.

Many routes that have been used by riders for decades are no longer recognised as such on the corresponding council's list, so if equine insurance customers still want to use the routes they need to let their authorities know.

Indeed, access expert Sarah Bucks told Horse and Hound that there are so many routes that need to be applied for.

If not, they will disappear by around 2026 and consequently people will have far fewer places to ride.

"The first step is to look at the places you ride on an Ordnance Survey map. If the routes are not on there, ask your county council what the route's status is," she continued.

George Osborne announced in 2011 that more money would be put forward for new bridleways throughout the UK.

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