The construction of Bridleways requires a slightly different approach with consideration of the needs of a horse and rider being taken into account. Paths need to be wider and less steep and steps should be reduced or avoided if possible. However, ramps should still be stepped in order to reduce the danger from slipping when icy. All of the techniques can be used, although flag paths should be used with caution.
The main users of upland bridleways will be mountain bike riders, legally they can use any bridleway, however bridleways have to be constructed so that they are suitable for use by horses rather than mountain bikes.
Bridleways will be more expensive to install than footpaths for the various techniques.
Drawing - Flagstone bridleway, click for larger image
Drawing - Pitching for bridleway, click for larger image
Case Study – Cut Gate
View down the pitched bridleway on Cut Gate, showing small steps on the slope