SDHC Rights of Way officer is Helen Baldwin. Contact details

Or contact Gail Johnson, ROW BDS Hampshire: gail.johnson@outlook.com or phone 01962 736556.


Portsmouth City Council’s ROW Improvement Plan runs up to 2017 and is currently being revised. As part of this process the Senior Active Travel Officer (Nick Scott) is undertaking a review of the existing rights of way and gathering information from stakeholders and interested parties as to how the network can be improved to meet the needs of the city now and in the future.

In this respect Nick has proposed three questions:

  • What are the main barriers relating to the existing rights of way network in Portsmouth?
  • What are the main opportunities in relation to the rights of way network in Portsmouth ?
  • What do you see as the top three priorities in relation to the rights of way network in Portsmouth?

Nick has had responses from most interested groups – but would like to hear from South Downs Harness Club members who drive/ride in the area, including Portsdown Hill. If you would like to have your say then please contact Nick direct on: nick.scott@portsmouthcc.gov.uk by the 17th January 2018.

15 December 2017

Welborne and the Fareham Area: BHS Consultation Evening – 22nd November 2017

“BHS Hampshire would like to invite both members and other equestrians to a drop-in session to tell us where they ride or drive their horses in the Fareham area, and particularly around the proposed Welborne Garden Village. This information will help inform the BHS response to this proposed development. It will also provide ideas to Fareham Borough Council about how equestrian access could be improved generally in the area.

The session is from 6.30pm-9pm on the the 22nd November 2017 at the Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington, Fareham PO14 2PP.

We need your help please to not only provide us with information, but to also publicise the event. A copy of a poster is attached just in case you are able to display one in a livery yard, riding school, tack room etc. Please feel free to forward this note to your friends and to ask your riding clubs to publicise it on their websites and Facebook pages.

For more information about Welborne Garden Village go to: www.welbornegardenvillage.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you on the 22 November. If you are unable attend, then could we please ask you to complete the attached comments sheet and return by e-mail. Information will be shared, but personal details are treated in confidence.

British Horse Society – Hampshire”

24 October 2017

Botley Relief Road – BHS Drop-in Session

The BHS is holding a drop-in session for equestrians to ask them where they ride and drive their horses in the Botley area so that it can provide an informed response to the public consultation that is currently taking place about the road. The BHS is not objecting to the road, but we do want to ensure that equestrian needs relating to access and road safety are given due consideration.

The event will take place on the 1st September 2017 at the Curdridge Reading Room from 6pm-8.30pm.

Or send any comments direct to HCC.

For more information: contact Gail (Details above)

Warnford Lanes

Hampshire County Council has issued Traffic Order Proposals to permanently prohibit motorised vehicles on Bosenhill Lane, Green Lane and Dark Lane in Warnford Parish because of the damage caused by these vehicles. Warnford Parish Council is seeking support from equestrians to these proposals. I have been assured by the Parish Council that horse riders and carriage drivers will be able to continue to use these lanes. The BHS, BDS and SDHC will be writing to HCC to seek its own assurances regarding continued access for equestrians. It is important, however, that equestrians make their views known to HCC. For more information about why Warnford believe this action is necessary and how to submit your comments to HCC go to:
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Or you can e-mail Stuart Jarvis (Director of Economy, Transport and Environment) at public.notices@hants.gov.uk quoting reference A1003/MB.

Closing date for comments is the 14th July 2017.


28 June 2017

BHS Access Training Days

The BHS is once again holding its successful Access Training days in Hampshire, this time at Catherston Stud. The training is delivered by an expert and knowledgeable communicator who has the ability to make what could be a dry subject extremely interesting. Participants come away better informed about their rights in relation to equestrian access and the law, as well as having the opportunity of sharing knowledge and stories with others. Catherston Stud is the home of Jennie Lorriston-Clarke and her family. The training room facilities are excellent, overlooking the indoor arena. For information on Catherston Stud go to: http://catherstonstud.com (Opens new page)

Sunday, 21st May – British Horse Society Level 1 Access Training Day. Cost £5 for the day to BHS and BDS members, £10 to others. Start time 0930 – finish at 1600. Bring own lunch – refreshments provided.

Sunday, 30th July – British Horse Society Level 2 Access Training. Cost £5 for the day to BHS and BDS members, £10 to others. Start time 0930 – finish at 1600. Bring own lunch – refreshments provided.

To book online go to: http://listings.bhs.org.uk/events/RightsofWayTraining.aspx (Opens new page)

Contact Gail Johnson – email above – providing your telephone number if you want to have a chat about the training days.

HCC Hampshire Countryside Services presentations

Hampshire Countryside Services have planned a number of presentations taking place around Hampshire with training sessions on how to report problems using its online system. Details.

February 2017

Proposed Diversion of Bramshott & Liphook Footpath No.12 & 13

The Waterside Estate in the Parish of Bramshott & Liphook have applied to Hampshire County Council to divert bridleway nos. 12 and 13 through the Estate on the grounds of safety, security and privacy. Please see the information and map. The BHS has visited the Estate and will be responding accordingly and will be raising points including surface, bridge and fencing. If you wish to respond then please send your e-mail to Tara Pothecary at HCC on tara.pothecary@hants.gov.uk by the 14 February 2017. The local Parish Council Recreation Committee intends to meet on the 6th February 2017 to discuss this application. If you wish to know more details about the meeting then please call the PC Office on 01428 722988.

January 2017

Hampshire CC

Interactive map for reporting problems on public rights of way: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/rightsofway-reporting

Meon Valley Trail

Voluntary Code of Practice
The Club’s Voluntary Code of Practice 2015