to the BHS Cornwall Access and Bridleways Web Site. The Site is provided
to help you to enjoy your off road riding along the bridleways and
paths in Cornwall (on horse and on cycle).
Ordnance Survey Maps show all definitive bridleways and byways (and footpaths).However there are also many other ridden tracks and paths shown. However for many there is nothing to show their legal status. Many of these are ridden and there may be unrecorded bridleway rights on many of these including on some definite footpaths.
See our Online Riding Maps. You can also report problems to directly from the online maps
Overgrown or Blocked Bridleways
Many of our bridleways are overgrown. Cornwall Council or parishes are responsible for clearing the surface. BUT responsibility for side and top growth (which is the greatest problem to riders) is strictly the responsibilty of the land landowner.
Please report either via our online riding maps and/or direct to Cornwall Council. BUT PLEASE do also make sure we are aware of your reports as we can then try and ensure action is taken.
With the help of riders we want to get a better picture of all bridleways in the county. Please do look at our online riding maps for where you ride and please update the information for brdileways and other paths if the information we hold is not correct.
Gates on Bridleways
Ill maintained and unsuitable gates are a big issue with riders and are a reason why riders avoid some bridleways.
Please tell us about the gates you encounter on the bridleways you ride you may report via our online riding maps
Click Here for more information about gates.
Guidance and Advice
full range of Free Leaflets and advice on many aspects of Access and
Rights of Way are available for download from the British Horse Society
View and DownLoad Free Leaflets
Taking Horses into the Sea
The sea can be a dangerous place for both humans and animals. In 2013 on Marazion beach a horse swam out to sea and drowned after parting company with its rider.
natural instinct and behaviour will often be to swim in a straight
line - which may be out to sea. Horses find it very difficult to turn
in water and don't have same geographical awareness that we do, which
can, as we have seen, lead to devastating consequences.
riding on the beach riders need to take every precaution. Always ride
in company and ensure you stay parallel to the shoreline, not heading
out to sea.
Members of West Penwith Bridleways Association by Greenbarrow Mine on the Penwith Moors. Few bridleways but we always have enjoyed free access
Council Countryside Pages:
and their relevance to Equine Access
Project 2026 - British Horse Society
This is a national web based project with the aim of identifying routes which potentially are unrecorded Rights of Way and to record progress towards submitting Definitive Map Modification Order Applications. There is a separate sub-project for each County or Local Highways Authority area.
Please see Project 2026 Cornwall
The Aim of our volunteer led project is to meet the wishes of the landowners and the terms of the associated legislation in ensuring that all meaningful Unrecorded Rights of Way as far as possible have been researched, and necessary steps taken to ensure any associated rights are not unnecessarily extinguished at that date.
Riders by Drift Dam in the far West of Cornwall