Ride and Share

*********** FOR EBA MEMBERS ONLY **********************


A scheme for EBA members

Ride and Share is a scheme thought up by EBA for its members to use throughout the year.  Members provide parking at either their yard or private address, from where they will initially guide members round their local riding area.  This great idea gives all EBA members a wonderful opportunity to befriend other riders and discover some new places to ride.

We also have guides willing to meet you at some of the fabulous country parks and forests in the area.

Our volunteers will help you to find your way around so that you may become more confident to venture out alone in the future or you may find yourself a regular riding companion.  All rides vary from 1 to 3 hours and cover a wide range of terrain from forests, open common land to the beach.

If you are interested in trying one of the guided hacks please contact the volunteer (listed overleaf) by email.

Ride and Share is only available to EBA members

Riders must be over 18 unless accompanied by an adult

Please be prepared to show your EBA membership card upon arrival at your ride and share venue.  Riders ride at their own risk and should ensure they have appropriate insurance cover.

If you think you could offer parking and/or guidance, however limited, please get in touch with Julia Wilson:juliawilson012@hotmail.co.uk

Please check our website for up to date information on volunteers as these are subject to change at short notice www.essexbridleways.co.uk

Castle Point (Thundersley and Benfleet)

Alison Power   alisonjean6@yahoo.co.uk

I often hear people saying that we don't have great riding around Castle Point. It's true that we don't have miles of grassy tracks and there will always be an element of road work where ever we ride. However, I have been riding around Thundersley and Benfleet for many years and I know most (if not all) of the unmade roads, tracks and routes in the area. My usual ride is about an hour and a half to two hours, but we can go for longer or shorter depending on what you want to do. 

Recently I have taken friends from outside the area and they have loved the different type of riding and the hills (which we don't have so many of in other parts of Essex!), so it's made me think that we do have something to offer. 

So, if you're new to the area, or would just like someone to show you tracks you may not be aware of, please get in touch. I have parking for one 3.5 tonne box or trailer at my yard.

Ride and Share from Finchcroft, Bishop’s Stortford  CM23

Escort:  Jane Skinner

Come and enjoy safe hacking on a myriad of bridleways and quiet lanes in NE Hertfordshire/ Essex borders.  The rides will take you through the villages of Much and Little Hadham, or through to Albury, where The Catherine Wheel Pub makes a very suitable place for lunch, returning via Hadham Hall – once a private school, and the polo grounds at Bury Green.

Another ride towards Widford will pass the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green where you may catch a glimpse of the famous sculptures in the grounds. 

If you have time for a day ride we may venture as far as West Mill with its delightful tea rooms and village green.

Jane’s yard is very private with ample parking for several vehicles and trailers.  There is a kitchen for refreshments and even a loo – all mod cons! 

Contact Jane on 07757 916 138  if you are interested in joining her.

Thorndon Park, Brentwood

CarolineStanden  standen.house@gmail.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     
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

Lisa Guy   lisa@lifetimefinancial.biz     
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
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.  £8 parking fee (unless NT member) £10 licence fee, £10 refundable deposit. Day Passes not availlable in the winter.

Little Canfield, Stansted

Lesley Gillman lesleygggillman@hotmail.com  
Various routes up to 3 hours. Private parking for 1 trailer or box. In dry conditions only

Epping Forest

Hayley Rhodes   Hayley Rhodes hayley@tordareeds.co.uk
Hayley can meet you at High Beach to ride in Epping Forest.  A licence has to be arranged to ride in the forest.  Forms can be downloaded from the Epping Forest web site.  Licences cost  £7.21 (as at 1 April 2019; usually increases every April) and permit you to ride for 7 consecutive days. Hayley will help you arrange your licence. Plenty of parking at High Beach which is free. There is also parking for a trailer or 3.5 ton box (nothing larger) at Hayley's yard.  The yard is situated in the middle of the forest with very little necessary road work.

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..

Frinton Beach

Jane Hubert hubert462@btinternet.com


If you are planning on riding on Frinton Beach please be aware that horses are NOT ALLOWED to ride on the Greensward at any time and are only allowed onto the beach via a pathway at the western end. The Greensward is the large grass area at the top of the cliff between the beach and the road where you can park.

We have also been made aware of updated times that horses are allowed on the beach i.e you can only ride on the Beach before 9am and after 6pm between 1st May and 30th September.

If you are planning to use this fantastic facility this summer please be considerate, follow the rules and pick up any poo.  The local residents can be particularly sensitive about horses and we would not want permission to ride on the beach to be withdrawn.

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 Jane 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 September until the end of April, from 1st May to end of September riding is only permitted before 09.00 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 under the responsibility 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. 

Berwick Farm Ongar

Lesley Gillman  lesleygggillman@hotmail.com
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 Lesley for a guide.  Parking is by prior arrangement with Berwick Farm at £10 a rider for EBA members (2020 prices).

Flitch Way Great Notley

Lesley Gillman  lesleygggillman@hotmail.com

White Notley

Lesley Gillman  lesleygggillman@hotmail.com

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

Lesley Gillman  lesleygggillman@hotmail.com
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 Lesley

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.