BHS/Trans Pennine Trail celebrates successful start

6th May 2010

The first in a series of ten rides to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Trans Pennine Trail took place at Dunford Bridge, near Penistone.

The rides are jointly organised by the BHS and the Trans Pennine Trail to raise money for The British Horse Society’s Access Fighting Fund and raise awareness of the work undertaken by the Society to defend, extend and promote safe off-road riding and carriage driving opportunities for equestrians.

Improvements were made to problematic horse stiles by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council's team of rangers and gates that were tricky to open from horseback were fitted with bridle gate latches, making them much easier to use. These alterations will benefit local riders and visitors alike.
Heather Clatworthy, BHS Senior Executive (Access), said: “It’s a pleasure to work with the Trans Pennine Trail officers on this project. It is fantastic when equestrians can raise money for such an important cause and have fun at the same time.”

Twenty-two riders took part in the ride and were presented with a rosette by Trans Pennine Trail Support Officer, Mandy Loach. The day went smoothly thanks to a team of BHS, Local Access Forum and TPT volunteers who supervised parking, stewarded roads and manned gates. Electricity Alliance – Woodhead Tunnel Project –provided additional facilities.