The Forest of Rossendale Bridleways Association

The Forest of Rossendale Bridleways Association was started in 1980 by a small group of riders who were concerned about the lack of bridleways in the valley. We are affiliated to the British Horse Society, Access Rossendale and the National Federation Of Bridleway Associations.

Riders in a group
Become a Member

As a member of FORBA you will be able to keep abreast of up and coming activities – come rain or shine

Monthly Rides

Monthly rides throughout the year on the second Sunday of each month and four evening rides during the summer

Save Your Bridleways

Help us to save your bridleways before it is too late

Map of the Settle Loop

View and download helpful information for you and your horse

The Forest of Rossendale is a beautiful place, called the golden valley, from Bacup in the East to Haslingden in the West, and from Stonefold in the North to the Southern most tip, Ramsbottom. In all 53 square miles of beauty, and 25+ miles of recognised horse riding trails, plus lots of undefined riding routes.

Not Yet A Member?

Visit the membership page to see what we stand for and begin your application process

One of the most exciting developments for years has been the creation of the Pennine Bridleway, a 205 mile bridleway stretching from Derbyshire to Cumbria, with the 47 miles circular Mary Towneley Loop on our doorstep.

The bridleway is a national asset that FORBA members will make much use of.

Have Any Questions?

Please Get In Touch Via:

Chris Peat
2 Baxenden House
Baxenden Fold
Accrington BB5 2RU

Tel: 01254 386459 (Leave a message)
Mobile: 07811 279092

What do we do?

Over the years the Forest Of Rossendale Bridleway Association (FORBA) has run a wide range of activities.

We run monthly rides throughout the year on the second Sunday of each month and four evening rides during the Summer

We’ve also had Lectures on;

  • Telllington T-Touch
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Bitting
  • Demonstrations on Physiotherapy
  • Long Reining
  • What the Judge is looking for

We have run Riding and Road Safety exams

Dressage lessons and competitions

And have also organised a ride for the Rossendale Search and Rescue Team which raised £500

We even had a fashion show!

Halo Launch 2007
FORBA Ride over Helmshore