Providing off road toll routes for horse riders in Essex.
NEW LICENCE TAGS – From April 1st 2014 these are Gold
East Anglian Farm Rides has now opened over 250 miles of off road hacks, rides, tracks and headlands to horse riders on over 55 farms in Essex. We continue to work on adding new rides and aim to provide one of the best off road riding networks available.
For a small annual fee, horse riders can ride on all routes managed by E.A.F.R and on all routes throughout the UK within the English Farm Rides Association - Not just in your Local area! Current Area's include Aldham, Ardleigh, Beazley End, Beaumont-cum-moze,Boxted, Braintree, Braxted Park, Colchester, Chapel, Dedham, Dengie Penninsula, Eight Ash Green, Fordham, Gosfield, Great Tey, Great Totham, Halstead, High Garrett, Horsley CrossLangford, Layer,Lawford, Little Bentley, Little Bromley, Little Horksley, Maldon, Mersea, Peldon, Tendring, Tiptree, Tolleshunt, Tollesbury, Wakes Colne, West Bergholt, Wickham Bishops and Wormingford.
The scheme has enabled horse riders to get off the increasingly busy roads onto farm tracks which join up to create interesting riding routes, linking where possible to existing Public Bridleways. The Scheme is supported by Essex County Council & Local Councils
Winter Route closure( Due to wet conditions) in Wakes Colne area at Great Lovney Hall - Mount Bures.
New Halstead Map
New box park in Messing more details will follow shortly.
Can you offer box parking at your yard for members? perhaps by appointment only if so please email us below.
New route in Lawford of Hungerdown lane now open. Part of this route next to a gate is very narrow. Please only pass if you feel safe and confident to do so. remember you ride at your own risk. We are currently in talks with landowners regarding making this wider. It has also been reported that horse are riding on grass next to glass houses. Please keep of this grass or we will loose this route before we start.
Route closure at Great Loveney, Wakes Colne. The route highlighted below will be closed from the 1st September 2014. unfortunately no other route has been found.
NEW BOX PARKING LIST ON MAPS/ROUTES PAGE
Bridge at Langford. It has been pointed out that the bridge is becoming quite impassable. We can only suggest that you make your own judgment on crossing the bridge and would strongly advise riders to dismount. riders must use the routes at their own risk
New Kelvedon map, visit map page
The route at Little Braxted Hall will be closed as of the 1st April. visit our maps page and click on kelvedon to find out more.
It has been reported that the route at Tiptree Heath is impassable. This route will have to be closed untill a decision has been made if it will remain an EAFR or be closed altogether.
Maps will be updated shortly
DENGIE- MIDDLEWICK FARM- The route at Middlewick Farm Dengie has today been closed for the forceable future as people have been abusing this route. Please do not use this route as any more abuse will certainly lead the landowner removing it from the scheeme.
18/12/12 - Due to Airsoft taking place every few weeks on a Saturday the route off Hilliards Road, Great Bromley will be closed at these times due to concerns raised regarding Health and Safety. A sign will be placed by Airsoft at the entrances to the route when Airsoft is in action and EAFR riders will not be permitted to ride the route at this time. We are very sorry for inconvenience though the other option would be to lose this lovely route all together. Please visit the airsoft website to gain a full list of shooting dates.
FORDHAM AREA - Due to several riders having been reported without Tags in this area we are pleased to report that we have appointed Tim Hersey as our MARSHALL in this Area. If you see Tim out on his Horse please let him know if you have seen riders without TAGS. If for any reason you have left your Tag back in your yard Tim may ask you to turn around. You know very well you have agreed to wear your tag on your horse AT ALL TIMES. He has our full authority and I hope yours as well. You have been warned, if riders break the rules we may lose some of the Toll Routes as the Farmers are getting quite upset by the amount of Unlicensed Riders Tresspassing on their land..
We need Volunteer MARSHALLS in all Areas - Can you volunteer. Robert & Nigel cant patrol the whole of Essex. Click here to become a 'FRIEND OF EAFR' For just £3 a year (Free to Members) we'll send you all our Newsletters and keep you informed about new routes and other events such as our twice a year Sponsored Rides.
Finally we would like to say a very big thank you to all farmers and landowners who agreed to open up routes over the years. We have been encouraged by their response and will now endeavour to expand the scheme in both areas already running and totally new areas.
IF THERE IS ANY FURTHER INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE OR NEED ANY ADVICE ON THE POINTS MADE ABOVE OR WOULD LIKE TO BECOME AN AGENT PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT:
You can contact us by e-mail or please phone if you would like to speak to us directly.
Office - 01206 251609
Day Time - 07793057658