Providing off road toll routes for horse riders in Essex.
DO ENJOY YOUR RIDING IN 2013, BUT PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE PLEASE TRY TO GIVE THE TRACKS A REST UNTIL THEY HAVE DRIED OUT
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, Boxted, Braintree, Braxted Park, Colchester, Chapel, Dedham, Dengie Penninsula, Eight Ash Green, Fordham, Gosfield, Great Tey, Great Totham, Halstead, High Garrett, Horsley CrossLangford, Layer, 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
EAFR IS SORRY TO REPORT THE FOLLOWING ROUTE CLOSURES AND HOPES THE ROUTES WILL BE RE-OPNENED SOON.
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.
TENDRING- The route that runs from Little Bentley along Holland Brook to Horsley cross west of the B1035 has been closed for the winter and will re-open from the 1st Febuary.
Messing Area- Winter route closure between Yew Tree Farm and A12 Prestead Hall Also route at Baddocks Farm Easthorpe.Route will be open again in Febuary 2014 shown in highligted marker on map below.
Abbots Wick in Wigboorough does lock its gate for security purposes, which on a Sunday does not get opened until 9ish
- Beaumont-Cum-Moze. new route open atBrookelynne farm
-We regreat Route At Malting Farm Little Bentley is now closed Please Refer to new map.
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
Chris Dyson - Lisa Dyson- Nigel Dyson -Robert Bunting
Manor Bungalow, Little Bentley, Colchester, CO7 8SE