Ride and Share

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Ride and Share
The EBA is always looking for new ways to encourage our members to get out and enjoy the bridleways and local hacking.  We have a scheme called ‘Ride and Share’.  The idea is for members to provide parking for other members and to initially guide you around their local riding area.  This is a great way for riders to get to know each other and find out some new places to ride.  We have lots of different rides available below and who knows if the favour is returned we could develop a wide network of guides and rides! We also have volunteers who are willing to meet with members in some of the large parks and forests in Essex.  They will help you find your way around so that you may be more confident to venture out alone in the future or you may find yourself a regular riding companion.

If you are interested in trying one of the guided hacks contact the volunteers listed below.  This scheme is available for Members only and you will be asked to provide your membership number when you book a ride.

Maps are available for some of the rides below.  If you would like a map email Julia Wilson on juliawilson012@hotmail.co.uk.  A SAE envelope will be required for any maps sent out.


Thorndon Park, Brentwood    CarolineStanden  standen.house@virgin.net   Jan Arthur j.arthur0985@btinternet.com  
Rides can vary between 1 hour with no road work to 3 hours with a little road work.  Alternative routes can also include bridleways beyond Thorndon that take you out and over the M25. Bridleways here are all surfaced and great for winter riding. Bridleway takes you over M25 on a high sided bridge. There is a parking fee, check the website for current parking charges http://www.visitparks.co.uk/places/thorndon-country-park/   Large car park.

Langdon Hills, Basildon      CarolineStanden  standen.house@virgin.net   Jan Arthur j.arthur0985@btinternet.com          
Circular ride of about 8 miles with some road work, a good ride for the winter as doesn't get too wet. Small car park on One Tree Hill for 2 trailers or parking can be arranged with the Park Ranger on 01268 542066

Weald Country Park  Brentwood    Julia Wilson  juliawilson012@hotmail.co.uk
Start your ride at Weald Country park, either stay in the park with no road work for an hour or venture out north over bridleways and quiet lanes for an 8 mile ride.  Various car parks depending on time of year, check the website for current parking charges http://www.visitparks.co.uk/places/weald-country-park/    Contact Julia for details, she will take you out or provide you with a map. 

Danbury Common        Sue Berlyn sueberlyn@hotmail.com   Caroline Standen  standen.house@virgin.net              
Lots of different rides which can vary in length up to 3 hours. Some minor road work with a couple of main road crossings.  Parking free. Large car park, gate width 10’3’’.

Hatfield Forest, Stansted          Lesley Gillman  lesleygggillman@hotmail.com  Petra Studholme petra@xbridge.com

Come and ride in the beautiful historic Hatfield Forest.  Ride for 1.5 hours in the forest or venture out onto the quiet lanes, bridleways and common.  Large car park. £5 parking fee (unless NT member) £10 licence fee, £10 refundable deposit.

Little Canfield, Stansted        Lesley Gillman lesleygggillman@hotmail.com   Petra Studholme petra@xbridge.com   Various routes up to 3 hours. Private parking for 1 trailer or box.

Epping Forest and Warlies Estate       Liz Hollingsworth liz@2mad.net      Julia Bowles  t.bowles1@btinternet.com
Liz or Julia can meet you at High Beach to ride in Epping Forest, they can also take you over to the beautiful Warlies Estate. A licence has to be arranged to ride in the forest.  Forms can be downloaded from the Epping Forest web site.  Licences cost £6.85 (as at 1 April 2016; usually increases every April) and permit you to ride for 7 consecutive days. Julia and Liz will help you arrange your licence. Plenty of parking at High Beach which is free.

Epping Forest    Hayley Rhodes  hayley@tordareeds.co.uk          
Private parking in the middle of High Beach with riding straight into the forest. Hayley also knows plenty of great rides away from the more public routes for the more intrepid rider. As above Hayley will help you arrange your licence.

Farnham, Bishops Stortford             Emma Dobson emmelowden@aol.com        Miles of beautiful bridleways and farm tracks. Very little road work on minor country lanes. Rides can vary between 1 and 2.5 hours with Emma to guide you or a map to follow. Private parking.

Wimbish north of Thaxted             Sarah Moss sarahmoss77@hotmail.co.uk         Start your ride in the pretty village of Wimbish, miles of lovely countryside and long bridleways and byways. Rides lasting up to 3 hours with little road work on minor roads. Parking, 1 trailer or lorry can be left safely on a verge adjacent to Sarah's yard.

Roman River Valley Colchester           Sara Kulikowski  sara.kul@ntlworld.com    Sara can either take you for a hack from her field or can offer parking for you to take a map and make your own way.  Just a few road crossings and miles of bridleways, byways and tracks.  Passing close by Colchester Zoo through wooded areas and open common land.

~~Frinton Beach  Julia O'Brien. Juliaob@btinternet.com   mobile 07977 594791   Jane Hubert.  hubert462@btinternet.com   mobile 07801282396

~~Ever fancied riding on the sands and splashing in the sea but been a little too scared coping with tide times, parking and knowing where to ride?  Then contact Julia who will take you out onto Frinton Beach.  Or if you feel brave enough follow her directions and advice -
A postcode very close to the beach and parking is: CO13 9EL. Follow A12 to Colchester, past first turning to Colchester, take the second also signposted A120 Harwich and Clacton, follow and take A133 to Clacton, keep following until you reach second roundabout and follow signs to Frinton. Go through Thorpe Le Soken and Kirby. On approaching Frinton you will see a garden centre on your left and a garage on your right. Shortly after, take a right at the roundabout over the railway line. The main street  (Connaught Avenue) is best avoided. After crossing the railway line take the second right down fourth avenue and then follow until you reach a left hand turning into second avenue, turn left into second avenue and follow towards the sea! At the bottom, turn left next to Frinton Golf club. Park next to the greensward close to the golf club.  Parking is FREE. 
To get down onto the beach there is a path just up from the golf club, this takes you to a metal gate access which is generally used for access by boats but is easily accessible for horses onto a concrete ramp which takes you onto the beach, this is the entrance onto the beach that the local council recommend for horses. There is a large greensward prior to reaching the beach, horses are prohibited from using the greensward so please use the path to access the beach.  Make sure you check the tide times at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables - check for Walton on the Naze - Frinton is not listed or http://www.tidetables.org.uk/ You don't need to be exact about going at low tide but an hour either side usually works well.
Riding on the beach is permitted by the local council at any time from the end of October until the end of March, from April to end of October riding is only permitted before 08.00 and after 18.00. Please make sure that you take the trouble to pick up any poo - irrespective of where it may be - local residents are at times particularly sensitive about it and we wouldn't want permission to ride on the beach to be withdrawn.
An hour on the beach is great fun, cantering galore, the chance for your horse to have a paddle and lots of breakwaters to jump. Be aware that the further right you go there are some old breakwaters that are metal and sharp - but easily spotted. To the left you can't quite get as far as Walton Pier but nearly! What you can do is have a lovely ride and then head towards Walton - left from where you came on and you will reach a large concrete bollard that you can't cross, at that point there is a ramp to come off, if followed you will come up to a path from which you can access the road to come back if you decide you’ve done enough beach riding. You will usually come across dog walkers but we tend to find most people very considerate and friendly and pleased to see horses on the beach.
The beach is a public area and does not fall under the responsibility of the EBA but of the local council - Tendring District Council, who should be contacted for more information if required. EBA are aware that many riders would like to ride on the beach and hope that the information provided is of use, it is important however that riders adhere to local council guidance when doing so to ensure that the pleasure and opportunity to ride on the beach is not withdrawn. 

 

Great Bardfield Bluegates Farm north west of Braintree     Sally Beanland   sallybeanland@hotmail.co.uk
If you went along to the EBA Bluegates ride in 2012 then you will know this is a ride not to be missed.  Sally will take you out around the headland starting at Bluegates farm and riding beyond into Braintree's countryside.  Beautiful byways and bridleways. Very little road work on quiet lanes.  Rides from 1 to 3 hours.

Berwick Farm Ongar        Liz Hollingsworth liz@2mad.net     
Start your ride at Berwick Farm and ride over beautiful countryside from an hour to 3.  Lots of different routes to choose from.  Maps can be provided or contact Liz or Lesley for a guide.  Parking is by prior arrangement with Berwick Farm at £5 a rider.

Stapleford Tawney  Tricia Worsfold  paws66@ymail.com
Either park at Tricia’s, who has room for a trailer or small box, or meet Tricia at Berwick.  Tricia will take you on various routes around the beautiful bridleways in Stapleford Tawney, Toot Hill and Stanford Rivers.  Rides can vary from an hour to three.

Southey Green, Sible Hedingham    Lisa Shotton  lvwaller@btinternet.com     
2 rides of either an hour and a half or two and a half hours or you can follow the map and make your own ride. Private parking.

Thetford Forest         Liz Hollingsworth liz@2mad.net      Various routes up to 3 hours. Fantastic going whatever time of year you go, lots of long canters and gallops. Large public parking opposite Fire road 203, Kings Forest, just off B1106 Bury to Brandon Road, south of Thetford. Sorry there is no post code. There is no parking or licence fee to ride here. Maps can be provided or you can arrange to meet Liz.

Ashridge Forest near Hemel Hempstead            Hayley Rhodes hayley@tordareeds.co.uk                                  

Miles of fantastic forest tracks.  £5 licence which must be applied for by post.  Contact Hayley for more information.

If you think you could offer parking and/or guidance, however limited, please get in touch with Julia Wilson at juliawilson012@hotmail.co.uk.  Julia will fill you in on all the details.