Cosima Towneley Chair of Burnley Bridleways Association needed a website that would help and inspire riders to keep riding the fantastic Bridleways we have in Burnley and to educate and engage riders into saving other routes that are under threat. Part II of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 means that historical footpaths and bridleways, which came into existence before 1949 but which have not been recorded on the definitive map and statement by 1 January 2026, may be extinguished.
The new website educates visitors on what is happening and what riders need to do to keep their local routes open. It has automated the membership and renewal process which has taken the administrative burden away from Cosima. Visitors can now read about local routes, look at photographs, buy books, guides and enter events arranged by the Association. Members can blog on the members forum, upload images of routes they are riding which can then be used by the group to claim routes.