Category Archives: British Horse Society

Vital volunteers

Volunteers Week: a fine opportunity to celebrate those who protect our public paths, and to consider the impediments they face. Continue reading

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Paths at our heart

Yesterday representatives of path-user groups in Buckinghamshire met the county council’s portfolio holder for transportation, Mark Shaw.  In common with many others the council faces huge cuts, but we had a sympathetic hearing from Mark. He made clear his commitment to rights … Continue reading

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Round and round the common

The Heads of the Valleys Development Company is under financial and competitive pressure to build its massive Circuit of Wales motorsports development as soon as possible.  Bizarrely, it opted to site the construction on common land, with all the inherent delays which that … Continue reading

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Loss at Larkhill

Thirty years ago today, on 6 November 1984, a public inquiry opened in Devizes.  It was to investigate the Ministry of Defence’s plans to close 32 miles of public paths across the Larkhill artillery ranges in Wiltshire.  I was there … Continue reading

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A CAPital chance

Sometimes I go to an event and by the end I’ve decided that it wasn’t worth the effort.  And sometimes I am pleasantly surprised.  Last week’s meeting held by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to discuss … Continue reading

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Kilvey Hill’s culture

Macsen the skewbald horse, with his silent, unshod feet, carefully picked his way along the track, taking Richard Williams and me down the side of Kilvey Hill, east of Swansea.  It is an excellent way to travel, and carriage driving is … Continue reading

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Cattle-grid blocks bridleway

On 14 March 2012, in a useful judgment for path defenders, two high court judges ruled that a cattle-grid cannot be authorised to block the whole width of a footpath or bridleway—Kind v Northumberland County Council [2012] EWHC 603 (Admin). … Continue reading

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