From the idyllic beaches of Cornwall to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, the UK has an affinity with all things equestrian. From horse riding in Wales and challenging treks across the Glens of Scotland, to intensive tuition in the Central region - the possibilities for riding holidays in the UK are endless. Miles of scenic dedicated bridleways and tracks, forests, National Parks, mountains, beach riding, and quality horses, make the UK a superb destination for a riding holiday. For more information on individual Riding Holidays in the UK, please follow the regional links below.
Stretching from the borders of Wales, Central England has a dramatic, ever changing skyline. Explore the picturesque chocolate box villages of the Cotswolds or venture along the woodland pathways of Sherwood Forest. The rolling hills and secluded bridleways of the Marches are perfect for exploring on horseback. There are also ample opportunities for trail riding in the Peak District National Park. From tuition and day riding, to short-breaks and longer trail riding holidays, Central England has something to offer all levels and ability of rider.
Miles of golden beaches and wide open countryside; the beautiful counties of this region are ideal for horse riding. From sandy day rides to longer holidays following the bridleways and quiet country lanes of the hinterland, the East of England has a wealth of equestrian opportunities. Explore the vast expanses of Fens’ marshland, the sleepy Broads or ride through John Constable's landscape of vales and mills in Suffolk.
The rugged, romantic countryside of the North East of England is an excellent backdrop for a riding holiday. Venture on horseback along the fossil clad heritage coastline. Canter over carpets of mauve heather on the dramatic Moors. Explore miles of bridleways in Northumberland's secluded National Parks, discovering historic hill forts, Hadrian's Wall or the rugged wilderness of Kielder Water and Forest Park. Tranquil countryside, fantastic flora and fauna and miles of sandy beaches are the recipe for a memorable riding holiday in the North East.
The North West of England is renowned for the breath-takingly beautiful Lake District. All levels and ability of rider are catered for on trekking holidays in this popular region. The peaks, fells and lakes are perfect for day rides or longer more challenging trails. Discover the quiet coastline of the Lake District Peninsulas, for beach riding along the shores of the Irish Sea. For fun family holidays, guided and non-guided trail riding, or short-breaks with tuition, the North West is a super location for horse riding.
Away from the bustling metropolis of the City, the Garden of England - Kent, is ideal for a relaxing horse riding break. The peaceful countryside, miles of unspoilt coastline and undulating Downs of Sussex are perfect for an adventure in the saddle. Alternatively, discover Hampshire, with miles of riding trails and numerous centres offering horse riding in the New Forest.
The wild ponies of Dartmoor.
The South West of England is rambling mysterious moorland, verdant rolling hills and picture perfect golden beaches; the perfect ingredients for a riding holiday. With much of this region classified as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is an ideal location for horse trekking. Numerous establishments in the South West offer horse riding holidays. All ages and abilities are catered for, with family trekking and pony camps in Cornwall for children, being a particularly popular alternative to the bustling beaches of the summer months.
Northern Ireland is known for its Norman castles, glacial valleys and mountains, Celtic monuments, and some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe. The coastline provides long stretches of golden sand, flanked by impressive dunes, ideal for exploring in the saddle. Home to numerous centres offering a range of equestrian holidays in Northern Ireland, from family trekking for beginners to intensive tuition, challenging trails and fast beach riding for advanced riders.
With mile upon mile of deserted sands, this region has fantastic fast beach riding and endless opportunities for splashy canters. Scotland is a land of vast mountain wilderness interspersed with glacial glens and magnificent lochs. Discover the remote Northwest Highlands and Cairngorms, on multi-day riding holiday adventures. From fun, family farm based holidays, to challenging trail rides camping out under the stars in the wild highlands, a riding holiday in Scotland will be an unforgettable experience.
Beach Riding in Wales
Wales is known for its spectacular mountainous national parks, rugged coastline, glacial lakes and Celtic culture; a simply unforgettable location for an equestrian holiday. Whether a weekend of horse riding in the Snowdonia National Park takes your fancy or a day of cantering on the beaches of West Wales, this country will delight. From novice riders and family groups to advanced equestrians, the panoramic vista of picturesque Wales is the quintessential backdrop for a riding holiday.
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