Ensuring the future of the bridleways of North Lancashire
The North Lancashire Bridleways Society (NLBS) aims to ensure the future of bridleways in North Lancashire by providing practical assistance where we can, eg by repairing gates or clearing routes. We seek to liaise closely with landowners, farmers, local authorities etc to maintain, improve and, where possible, promote new horse-friendly riding routes.
We meet every two months at Hest Bank Memorial Hall and after a short business meeting we have a speaker and an opportunity for horsey chat. Non-members are very welcome but we hope you enjoy yourself so much that you will wish to join NLBS! For details of our next meeting, please see our NEWS page.
We undertake fund raising to help support our work in a variety of ways; for example, we run an Annual Tack Sale and organise an Annual Fund Raising ride.
Since NLBS was formed by just a handful of riders in 1997, the organisation has gone from strength to strength. Not only has it been successful in identifying and reclaiming existing bridleways, but it has also become a powerful lobbying organisation, ensuring horse riders are considered in the creation of new off-road routes, such as the Millennium Park in the Lune Valley. It has also raised awareness of the need for other road users to consider the safety of horses and riders.
Perhaps one of its greatest achievements though has been the network of like-minded folk it has brought together, of all ages, all backgrounds and from all parts of the district. Members have offered support and advice to each other on all issues equine. NLBS activities have helped ensure people have had the opportunity to ride and discover different parts of the district. As a result a myriad of strong friendships have been made.