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.

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  

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..

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