25th Feb, 2021

Council takes action after complaints of horse riders endangering ramblers at the Waseley Hills Country Park

HORSE riders have been warned they cannot ride through Waseley Hills Country Park as they are putting other users at risk.

It comes as Rubery councillor Peter McDonald received several complaints from ramblers using the Easy Trail from New Inns Lane to the Visitor Centre who had been confronted by horses cantering towards them.

He raised the issues with Worcestershire County Council which is responsible for the beauty spot which has put up signs asking horse riders to be considerate of other users.

A spokesperson told the Standard horse riders needed to dismount before entering the Easy Trail, which is a shared use path for walkers and riders, including wheelchair users and those with pushchairs.

Coun McDonald said: “Ramblers using the hills have priority over horse riders and to ensure people’s lives are not being put in danger.

“Allowing horses to canter along this trail is counter to the welfare and safety of its users and I am pleased Worcestershire County Council has taken such action.”

The Easy Trail was developed 20 years ago to enable the less able and those with buggies and wheelchairs to get to the Visitor Centre with ease.

 

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