Horse riding

If you love to roam the countryside on your horse, then you should join the Open Spaces Society.

If you love to roam the countryside on your horse, then you should join the Open Spaces Society.

We are experts on all types of public rights of way, including bridleways, and we can help you defend them when they are under threat.

We can help you claim a bridle path, remove a blockage, or lobby your highway authority.

We also have a network of dedicated volunteers known as local correspondents who can help you in your local area.


Protect your right to roam, join us today.

News about Horse riding

Welsh government must ensure new payments to farmers lead to better public access

We have called on the Welsh government to ensure that the payment of public money under the new Sustainable Land Management scheme will benefit the public who wish to gain access to Wales’s farmed land.  The society has responded to the Welsh government’s consultation paper Sustainable Farming and our Land. The society wishes to see…
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We fight development on Hampshire common

We have objected to an application from Mr Christopher Ball to build three houses and an access road on Odiham Common in Hampshire. The land, at Potbridge, is registered common land. Any development on common land requires the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in addition to any planning…
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Maenporth Beach, registered as common except for the land above high-watermark. Copyright: N Chadwick under Creative Commons licence.

Changes to Cornwall’s common-land register

We are delighted that a planning inspector has granted two of the society’s applications to restore parts of Cornwall’s commons to the register.  These are Cosgarne or Twelveheads Common near Chacewater and Maenporth Beach at Falmouth. The grounds of the applications were that both areas should have become finally registered at the time of the…
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Seven Sisters secured

We have welcomed East Sussex County Council’s proposal to transfer ownership of Seven Sisters Country Park to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA). This follows nearly five years of uncertainty. Said our local representative, Brendan Clegg: ‘This is excellent news and a huge relief to all those who cherish this wonderful place. We are…
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