What's the bridleway situation like round there ?
Crap, but we do have miles and miles of quasi-cheeky singletrack on MOD and Crown land. None of it signposted and only really accessible if you join one of the local clubs on a ride as it's very well hidden. The Chilterns north of Reading are good for bridleways.
I blame the Romans, most of the roads are Roman, thus there's not been a need for slower wiggly paths linking anywhere as there was already a dead straight road!
PS - Wouldn't it be good if Swinley and Back on Track made all the trails 1 direction only.
No it'd be shit, it'd halve the number of trails! And how would you decide which was the right way on Stickler, 9 yards, Watsons Wander or Seagull? Bessides, Swinely's the best known, but by a long way from the best riding localy.
It'll be interesting to see how this pans out, I can't see how they could police cheeky riding in the woods, especialy as this pretty much rules out banning cycling as an option by admitting it's a monney spinner. I suspect the horse has already bolted on that one and trying to restrict it to perscribed routes will have minimal effect.
Better building of the exiting aroured trails is a good thing though.