Mendip Bridleways & Byways Association (MBBA)

Thank you to all the riders who supported our ride on Sunday 26th September ~

Hope to see you all next year.

We achieved a huge amount  in 2020/2021 which is surprising bearing in mind our present pandemic!

Our biggest project was the upgrade to the damaged surfaces on Lydford Lane, West over Lane and Babcary bridleway.  This network of Restricted Byways and Bridleways had had been totally trashed by illegal 4 x 4s and so heavy machinery was needed to rectify this problem.  The lanes were also ditched and cut back to allow light and air to keep them dry.  Below are just some photos of the finished job.  Lydford Lane is now protected with bollards at each end and Applications are under way to protect the other lanes in a similar fashion.  Our sincere thanks to Somerset County Council who joint funded most of the work, south Somerset Bridleways Association for their BHS donation and finally the two parish Councils of Babcary and Lydford and the local residents who have not only donated to these projects but also stepped in to keep us informed of any illegal use and updates on how the lanes were progressing.  Thank you to Ashley Beaton who carried out this work and also Sean for installing the bollards so effectively.

More projects on our Routes News page – do take a look to see how we use your valuable subscriptions.

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‘Hats off’ to our amazing venue crew,  each of the very good humored 20 stewards and of course our lovely happy riders, all of whom had a great day at our fun ride   Photos of the ride on https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk

All the photos of the ride can be seen on Caitlin’s site https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/f212582424.

Welcome to our website.  Please take time to visit our ‘Routes News’ page to find out what we are achieving for the riders of Mendip and also our Events Page.  We try to be up to date with news but the most recent items appear on our facebook page first. 

Our contractors continue to work on the bridleways as they are sole contractors and are taking care with social distancing and all safety measures.

Just another day in the life of MBBA  – this time, a Royal visit!

July 1st was a very special day for MBBA. 

HRH The Princess Royal came to Somerset to meet the MBBA Team and see our latest project.  The day was organised by The British Horse Society and demonstrated the work of the BHS Access Department, from whom MBBA received a grant of £1,000 towards this project together with a similar grant from Somerset County Council. The lion’s share of all our projects is always funded by MBBA but by applying for grants, we can make our money go further.

MBBA has been lobbying MPs for inclusion as vulnerable road users in the recent Highways Bill.  Originally there was no mention of horse riders at all which was utterly disgraceful.  The bill was heard on Monday 5th Nov and our efforts were rewarded.  Full report  from Hansard on the comments made is on the BHS page of this website.  Thank you to all who lobbied their MPs – you made a big difference and we are finally being heard.

A gallery of some of our successful projects over the past five years and our fund raising events

Thank you for your support, without which we could not carry out improvements to your riding routes.  Please join our Association and help us – to help you  – to safer and better off road riding.

Fab photos available of all our Rides on True to You Photography – clients page

Thank you Wocket Woy and the Pwoducer for giving us such a brilliant show summer 2017, seen here doing pairs dressage!!.

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MBBA is one of the largest, most proactive and friendliest

Bridleway Associations in the country. 

Affiliated to the British Horse Society and an entirely voluntary organisation dedicated to maintaining, and creating safe riding routes for all.

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Another great fund raising year for MBBA with lots of big projects 003completed.  With our  Chairman Jo Rossiter at the helm, we look forward to the coming year.

The funds are available –  so let’s have some projects from you for 2020!

As we are an entirely voluntary association, all the money from subscriptions and  fundraising goes to improve our riding routes in Mendip and create new ones. It is time for all riders to take on the responsibility of ensuring the future of off road riding.  You know what significant improvements MBBA has achieved in the last few years in fact over the past 8 years we have funded over £75,000 worth of improvements to routes across Mendip.

Your support as a member is the cornerstone of our Association and enables our work to continue.

Please join today – it is just £15.00 per annum and gives big benefits to members.  gjones@mbba.org.uk

  Contact gjones@mbba.org.uk if you have a problem with a right of way and we will try to fix it.  Sometimes we joint fund with Somerset County Council, sometimes we fund the whole project ourselves.  Whatever the problem, we promise to do our best and stretch our funds as far as they will go.


The aims of the Association are to protect and preserve the character and status of Mendip’s green Ways, to advertise their existence via our map marking service and to encourage the active participation of our members to identify routes in need of improvement. We have a good working partnership with Somerset County Council and indeed many of our projects are joint funded.
To find out how we have been improving rights of way in the area, please see our Routes News page.

If you would like to join the Mendip Bridleways & Byways Association, please proceed to our Membership page, where more details and a membership form are available.

MBBA Constitution

You may download or view an up to date copy of the MBBA Constitution document in either PDF Format or Microsoft Word fo