Ceredigion County Council Public Rights of Way Team :-
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Motor vehicles may only use some access tracks to land/property, unclassified roads, BOATs, some ORPAs and roads; horse-drawn carriages may use these and restricted byways; bicycles may use bridleways as well but are required under law to give way to walkers and horse riders. Pedestrians of course can use all.
You may not ride or lead a horse on public footpaths or cycle trails created under the Cycle Tracks Act 1984 unless you have permission of the landowner.
The best way to find out where the above routes are is to buy the relevant Ordnance Survey Explorer Map at 1:25 000 scale; to learn how to read the map and then to check the CCW website (outdoorwalesonline) regarding any open access land closures shown on interactive maps. As most NRW forestry is open access land under the CRoW Act closures are indicative of harvesting operations which are likely to affect PRoW in the vicinity. http://www.ccgc.gov.uk/interactive-maps/outdoor-wales-online-map.aspx
Follow this link to the Ceredigion Council website with maps showing suggested routes for horse riding http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=12137
Be aware that the status of 'National Trails' shown on OS maps as larger diamond symbols varies from roads down to footpaths. Routes may be permanently diverted (by the Council following a legal process )and in a different place to the most recent OS map; in such cases there is usually waymarking.
Essentially Ceredigion County Council are responsible for the surface of the Public Rights of Way (PRoW) and landowners are responsible for maintaining the open width free of obstruction to allow safe passage of the legitimate users. Any furniture such as fences and gates are the responsibility of the landowner not the Council even if the Council installed them. Livestock also are the responsibility of the landowner. As the law stands (apart from dairy bulls) you would need to have an accident or possibly a 'near miss' on a PRoW (see reporting accidents above), before then claiming that the livestock, including stallions and other loose equines, were 'dangerous' animals. The Council have the powers to put up signs and waymarking.
Unless you know the landowner, and feel you can safely speak to them about a perceived problem informally, it is best to report all surface and obstruction problems to the Council in writing to :- Ceredigion County Council, Neuadd Gyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron SA46 OPA or use the on line system by following the link below to report a problem/blocked bridleway etc. Click on the drop down menu "rights of way" This will bring up a map where you can log as much detail as possible.
The mapping for the council is as follows:
http://map.ceredigion.gov.uk/connect/?mapcfg=PROW_v1 - This mapping software helps you determine the path number and shows you how the Council have categorised the route which is relevant regarding their programme of works and maintenance. If you click on a path that you are interested in it should bring up info about the path
For routes where motor vehicles are not permitted :- Coast & Countryside Section
Ceredigion County Council Ranger areas map
Please copy your correspondance to CBG Chair (Fiona Evans) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please report all incidents or accidents on horseback on the BHS website by filling in a form.
Follow this link :- http://www.horseaccidents.org.uk/Report_an_Incident.aspx
Reasons why you should do this so there is a national database of evidence:-
This may include verbally abusive, passively aggressive or violently aggressive and dangerous obstructive behaviour, illegal motor vehicle use, anti social behaviour and dangerous animal (horse/dog) incidents on bridleways or other public highways. Always phone from the scene or as soon as possible afterwards.
In an emergency always call 999, if its not an emergency call 101. To access the 101 service when calling from outside Dyfed-Powys call 01267 222020. To access the 101 service via text 18001101 or e-mail email@example.com
This should generate a report but you should ask for an incident number.