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Over the past 6-8 weeks it has become clear that some horse riders have regularly been going off the public and permissive bridleways in several places at Heartwood Forest. The map shows in red where there is evidence of horse riders. It is important that all horse riders and cyclists need to stay on the public and permissive bridleways at all times. The only other real option is physical barriers and it would be preferable to avoid these going up all over the site.

At this time of year the evidence is more prominent and damage to the paths has become extensive in some places. The Woodland Trust has therefore taken the decision to close the section of permissive bridleway that runs around Round Wood and along Wells and Pudlers and by the Magical Wood arch, marked in blue on the map. Physical barriers and signs have been put up in order to show this on site.

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Are you a dog owner or horse rider? These leaflets produced by the British Horse Society contain some really useful info for when we are out and about at Heartwood and in the surrounding countryside.

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On Wednesday afternoon at Heartwood Forest the permissive bridleway running alongside the B651 was officially opened.

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This has enabled the Woodland Trust to open up a new section of permissive bridleway, starting at the horse hop next to the entrance to Heartwood.

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It runs parallel to the car park track, with a hedge separating it from the cars on the track.

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At the other end, riders turn left away from the car park and over another horse hop allowing access onto the main bridleway going from Pound Farm up past Langley Wood.

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This means that anybody wishing to do a full circuit no longer has to ride down the main road through Sandridge and it should make it much safer – and pleasanter – for anybody who likes to ride or cycle that route.

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