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A bridle path, also called a bridle road or bridleway, is a trail originally made for horses, but which these days serves a wide range of interests. For example they frequently serve hikers, walkers and cyclists as well as equestrians. The specific laws relating to permissions often change from country to country - thus it is advised to check up if unsure.

Bridle paths were transport routes where the country was so steep that pack horses needed to be led by the bridle and the route was impassable by wheeled traffic.[1]

In industrialized countries, bridle paths are now primarily used for recreation. However, they are still important transportation routes in some areas. For example, they are the main method of travelling to mountain villages in Lesotho.[2]

References

  1. ^ See for example, Bridle Path, New Zealand - an early transport route in Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. ^ "Lesotho." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 24 June 2007
  • "Bridle path." The American Heritage Dictionary. Fourth Edition. 2007.

Simple English

A Bridle Path is an old pathway or trackway between two places. It is designed for people riding horses, but can also be used by people walking. A footpath is a track between two places designed only for people walking.


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