Ryedale Bridleways Group AGM

The AGM agenda will include election of officers, routes problems, the List of Streets, parking and updates on a variety of issues. Please come along and let us have your views and support.

The Feathers, Helmsley, 7.30 pm, all welcome



Ryedale Bridleways Group AGM

The AGM agenda will include an open discussion concerning the future of the group. Please come along and let us have your views and support.

Helmsley Town Hall Meeting Room (side door), 7.30 pm, all welcome



Rights of way training - public inquiries

Following the well attended BHS Levels 1, 2 & 3 Rights of Way training days we have now arranged the next stage which is the Public Inquiry Training.

23 April: Public Inquiry (Stage One: Theory) sets out the requirements and procedures for a Public Inquiry. Learn how to prepare a Case, find out how to acquire evidence for a DMMO and procedures to follow during the run-up to a Public Inquiry.

25 June: Public inquiry stage two - practical. Open to those interested in Public Inquiries that have undertaken PI Stage One. After you've built your case by cross examining a mock bundle of evidence, you sit a mock public inquiry; giving evidence either for or against the case in question. Day two is only open to those who attend day one. Once you’ve completed the course you can also represent the Society at an inquiry.

Venue: North York Moors National Park offices in Helmsley, lunch is provided. The cost of the course is just £5.00 for members of RBG.

If you wish to book a place please contact the BHS Access Team on 02476 840515 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also book via the BHS website – follow this link then scroll down the page



Tuesday 22 March 2016 – Milton Rooms, Malton YO17 7LX, 7.30 pm

The Rainbow Equine Hospital is inviting all horse owners to their forthcoming meeting on preventing the spread of Strangles. They say ‘We hope that it will be of value to you. The main speaker is Jeremy Kemp- Symonds from Bransby horses and this will not be a promotion of Rainbow Equine Hospital; it will be a totally non-partisan event advocating the importance of effective disease control measures and veterinary input generally. It should therefore benefit everyone in the area and, above all, benefit equine welfare.’.

Register by clicking ‘Going’ on their Facebook events page.



Why not offer to escort fellow group members on one of your favourite rides. It’s up to you how many riders to escort and at what speed you wish to set—so far the rides have been at a slow pace but if you wish to escort a faster ride, that’s up to you—just let one of the committee know the details of your proposed ride so we can let everyone know.



Riding and Road Safety Talk with Fran Mason

Fran is a Riding and Road Safety Trainer, helping for the past 4 years to deliver training to candidates of all ages at Friars Hill Stables. Fran says ‘We have an excellent reputation for preparing our candidates well and very few fail the test. EVERYBODY who rides can do with some training. We see some very dangerous things happening purely through ignorance or simply not being aware. Some 3000 accidents a year in the UK involve horses. Horses, cars, lorries, farm machinery, motorcycles, cyclists are all forced to share the same roads. Therefore we do meet up and, regardless of who is in the right or has right of way, the horse will come off worst, and possibly the rider too. Those of us who deliver this training do our very best to get our candidates through their test but the reason we trained and the reason we deliver it is because we hope to help our riders to be as safe as it is possible for them to be on our roads.’. This session will only be able to give a few pointers but Fran hopes members may give serious consideration to taking some training, at least perhaps a practical taster session, and help themselves remain safer on the roads.

Helmsley Town Hall Meeting Room (side door), 7.30 pm, all welcome


Rights of way training

A BHS Level Three: Advanced Highway Law training day with Henry Whittaker is scheduled to take place in Helmsley, 9.30 am approx 4.30 pm. The course will cover:

  • ? More advanced and in-depth highway law
    ? Practical solutions
    ? How to develop Bridleway Groups
    ? Traffic Regulation Orders and County Statistics
    ? An introduction to Public Inquiries
    ? Hearings and written presentations
    ? Objecting to Orders
    ? Practical lobbying
    ? Advance interpretation of evidence.

The cost of the course is £5.00 (including lunch). To be eligible to attend you must be a member of a BHS affiliated bridleways group, a BHS Riding Club or be BHS members. The course is open to all though it is designed as a continuation of Level 2.

Places can be booked online at (scroll down to see the individual training event details - please note that our event is not yet listed) or by contacting the BHS on 02476 840515 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Talk by William Reddaway - Long Rider

Between May and December 2014 William (Long Rider) rode for 212 days, covering 2674 miles with Strider (his trusty steed) around England. For more info see

The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, 7.30 pm. All welcome - note different venue


Talks by Mike Bartholomew of the Yorkshire Dales Green Lanes Alliance and Clive Proctor

Mike Bartholomew is Chairman of the YDGLA, he will explain how the group was formed, who its members are, show examples of damage to green lanes in his area and explain what they are doing to try and stop it. Clive Proctor lives near Scarborough and has long been campaigning against damage to green lanes in his area by recreational 4x4s and off road bikes. He and his wife are both horse riders. Following the talks there will be an open forum for discussion.

7.30pm, Helmsley Town Hall meeting room

NB: BBC Countryfile on Sunday 12 April will include a feature on off roading in the Peak District National Park which you might find interesting.