UK rights of way on a bridle path >?

yesterday i rode on a signposted bridal way which ran through a field, it was good ground so me and my friend went for a canter, but then the owner of the land had a go at us for cantering, saying we were only allowed to walk, as it was a proper bridleway does this entitle us to be allowed to canter/gallop/trot etc ?

3 Responses to “UK rights of way on a bridle path >?”

  1. foxhunter1949 Says:

    As long as you were on the bridle path then no, there are no regulations, that say you have to walk over the land.

    I always try to be respectful of other people’s land and if it is very wet, stay off it.

    Any farmer that ploughs a footpath or bridleway should reinstate it after it has been sewn.

    There are a few halter paths throughout the country and although most of these are ridden over, they are meant to be solely for leading a horse along.

  2. sazzy Says:

    It should entitle you to be able to canter/gallop.
    However, if the owner has explicitly told you not to canter over a certain part of their property, don’t do it. By doing this you can quickly put many people against you, and it only takes a few complaints to encourage a council to close bridle paths. The modern council is not very supportive of horses, and if it’s people on foot that complain against you, they really will side against you. Around me lots of bridle paths have been closed over the years due to riders being disrespectful and upsetting the land owners. Keep the peace and stay in walk over that stretch, i’m sure there’s plenty of other places you can go for a canter.

  3. catx Says:

    To be honest, if it’s a posted public bridlepath, yes you can canter. Just obviously some land owners are going to be more fussy than others! Some may simply not be a fan of having a bridleway on their land at all and use any excuse to stop their land getting churned up!

    You could check with your local council whether there are any particular restrictions with this path. I know I hacked out some time ago and there was some land a farmer had permitted us to ride across, but we were only allowed to walk, but it wasn’t an official bridlepath.