Landowners are already being encouraged to create Wildlife Corridors through their fields as well as Bank Erosion Free Zones alongside rivers. If these were incorporated with the land used for horses, and there was some cooperation between interested parties, that “dream” might come true.
You may be interested in this quote from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee :-“The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee launches an inquiry into the role of tourism in supporting rural growth in England. Rural Tourism provides around £17 billion a year to the English economy. “
Several representatives are giving evidence including the British Horse Society, the Ramblers Association and Cycling UK. They obviously recognise that Tourism is a major industry. It is hopeful that outdated RoW rules will be replaced with something more relevant to 21st century society.
Meanwhile is it too much to ask Stockport to recognise that some Urban RoW’s should be properly surfaced enabling the residents of Stockport to get to schools etc without resorting to the car.
To see what others do without relying on outdated legislature see http://www.digmcr.com/fjmtb/