Are you and your horse getting a little tired of the same old views day in, day out? While we may love getting out on a ride in the fresh air, it’s only natural to sometimes become a little too used to our everyday surroundings and long for something new and exciting.
There are a huge number of amazing places in the UK to go horse riding, and Country & Stable have kindly put together some of their favourites. So, whether you’re after a nice leisurely ride or something more challenging, there’s something for everyone in this list…
Dartmoor is one of the most stunning locations in the whole of the UK for horse riding, and has something for pretty much all experience levels. The moors offer a wonderful opportunity to really stretch your horse’s legs, but do make sure to plan your route carefully as there are blanket bogs that could get you in some trouble. There are also byways between several of the towns and villages, and many local pubs offer water and tie rails for your horse while you have a well-earned drink and bite to eat.
The New Forest
The New Forest is renowned as one of the most picturesque parts of the country, and it’s perfect for riders. Obviously, the forest itself is the standout feature of the area, and the Crown Lands of the New Forest assure open access for horse riders - you’ll be spoiled for choice for tracks, roads and bridleways. However, there are also sections of coastline and beach to vary your rides. The area is known for its wild ponies, so you’ll feel right at home upon your steed.
North York Moors
With more than 500 miles of bridleways in the North York Moors National park, it’s safe to say you won’t exactly be short of places to ride. Whether you’re just out for the day or want a full trekking holiday, you’ll be itching to come back and see more of the area. Disused railway, sandy beaches, glorious woodland, stunning heather moorland - it has it all! The British Horse Society out on a four-day 55-mile circular route that takes in some spectacular scenery.
Wales has its fair share of amazing countryside and the Brecon Beacons is right up there with the very best. From the Crychan Forest at the gateway of the Cambrian Mountains, to the stunning Black Mountains, you’ll feel like you’re the only ones in the world, and a million miles away from civilisation. The nearby Wye Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an equally amazing place to go riding.
For a real piece of English history, you could try tackling the Pennine Bridleway. Running from Derbyshire to Cumbria, it’s a 205 mile trail that takes in ancient packhorse routes, drovers roads and newer sections of bridleway. Those looking for a real challenge can attempt the whole thing (over a period of time of course, don’t put too much strain on your horse), or you can just do a small section. Taking in the views of the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District National Parks, there’s plenty of amazing British countryside to see.
What are your favourite places in the UK to ride?