Weddin Mountains opened up to trail riding groups

The Weddin Mountains will be opened up to small groups of horse riders, between the months of March and May.

"The Weddin Mountains National Park holds great conservation significance and historical value to the Weddin Shire, and offers opportunities for the local community members and visitors to the region to enjoy some time out in a natural setting," member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said in making the announcement.

"With the spectacular scenery and renewed interest in the gold-mining era and bushranger activities, allowing small groups of riders to come to the Park will undoubtedly increase tourism to the area, while at the same time, protect the flora and fauna species within the Park."

Amendments to the Park Management Plan will now allow individual horse riders, and small groups of no more than 16 at any given time, to enjoy a 20km ride, made up of the Weddin Gap, Black Spring and Stoney Creek trails.

Riders and groups will need to obtain an approved written activity consent. Overnight camping for riders and their horses will not be permitted. Competitive events will also not be permitted in the Park.

HORSING AROUND: Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced a plan to open the Weddin Mountains up to small trail riding groups.

HORSING AROUND: Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced a plan to open the Weddin Mountains up to small trail riding groups.

To obtain consent contact Central West Area National Parks and Wildlife Service office by contacting 02 6841 7100 or npws.centralwest@environment.nsw.gov.au.