Last updated 14th February 2017
Somerset Stages Car Rally Saturday 8th April
This annual event starts and finishes in Minehead, and uses many of the forest tracks on Exmoor, as well as the Porlock Toll Road.
The forests that will be in use are: Whits Wood (alongside Nutcombe Bottom Visitor Area), Croydon Forest, Timberscombe Forest, Chargot and Kennisham Forests, and Knowle Forest.
The event starts at 8am and finishes between 6 and 7 pm.
Horse riders are advised to avoid these areas on the 8th April, and also to be aware that there will be some activity in these forests in the week before the event to set up the Special Stages, with slow moving traffic in the area on April 7th.
If you require more detailed information, please contact Barbara Wigley at
Long Lane, Luckwell Bridge
Following recent drainage works by Highways on this unclassified road at Luckwell Bridge, horse riders found that the drainage grids that spanned the whole width of this well-used track were unsafe for horses, especially as the grids were set in concrete [albeit well-grooved] on a steep slope leading towards fast-moving traffic on the road below.
Lobbying by many local riders has persuaded Highways to provide a compromise by covering one of the grids with thick rubber matting, thus returning this lane to a useable ridden track. See photos below.
Grid plus MAT
This year we have five people offering escorted rides throughout the spring and summer, and we are planning six actual rides. A list of these [with approximate dates] can be found on the 'Events' page.
Please note that the 'old' riding hat standard of EN1384 is no longer acceptable, and all riders taking part in Bridleways Association activities must wear a hat to the new standard which is: BSEN1384 PLUS PAS015