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Horse riders return to bridleway at Bozards Lane


A bridleway near the village of Fiddington in Tewkesbury has been brought back into use thanks to Gloucestershire County Council and its work with local people.

The bridleway is one of a very few off-road options for local horse riders.

A 100m section of the track had become waterlogged and impassable for horses leaving the entire bridleway shut for 12 months.

A new surface has now been laid to make sure that horse riders and walkers have safe all weather access to a traffic free environment.

The path was reopened this month thanks joint working between the county council and local contractor Dean Martin with the cooperation of the landowner who donated a large amount of hard-core for the base layer.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "Restoring our bridleways is another example of the different ways we work with local people and community groups to keep our county moving.

"Follow @GlosRoads to find out what we're working on and look out for the hashtag #highways365 to see how crews are busy 365 days a year."

Local horse rider Xana Pullen said, "Having this bridleway opened has already made a huge difference as we finally have somewhere to ride off road. It means we don't have to negotiate large vehicles on the roads and the train line. We're very grateful to have somewhere safe to go with our horses and enjoy the countryside."

Landowner Vivienne Williams said, "We were happy to donate material and stone to the scheme. Fiddington has a high head count of horses and riders, it worries me how the traffic is so increasing - people tearing down the lanes, I see Bridlepath and Bozzard Lane as safer options for riders and therefore very happy to have been of some help."

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