There is no better feeling than sitting on a horse, trotting through some beautiful scenery and allowing the fresh air to blow away our troubles. However, we are not all lucky enough to live near wide open spaces where we can keep a horse or ride someone else's.
This is why horse riding holidays are so popular. As either an experienced or completely new rider, we are able to take a few days out of our busy lives and get back to nature, experiencing the countryside with a four legged friend who is used to the surroundings and perhaps accompanied by someone who can regale us with stories of the area.
We have put together 5 of our favourite horse riding destinations in the UK, which we hope may inspire any horse lover to take a break and enjoy the ride!
With a shoreline of 75 miles, the home of the Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to take a horseback riding holiday. The views across the beaches and cliff tops are second to none and will make you feel like you are a million miles away from home. Further inland you will find more rural spaces to roam with your horse, such as through stunning forests, where you will find some of the 1700 bridle paths and trails that Dorset has to offer.
A real melting pot of horse riding experiences, Scotland offers miles of shore and mountains to explore. You can follow paths and bridleways through the beautiful wilderness, taking in the features of the open landscape as your horse group guides you through safely.
With miles upon miles of woodlands and coastline to follow, The New Forest is home to lots of animal species in their natural habitat, a real treat for any animal lover to enjoy. You may spot wild ponies near the streams and stunning beaches, with a range of horse rider friendly pubs to sample along the way.
Join a horse ride through the idyllic, peaceful paths and bridleways of The Lake District, a real must to tick off your bucket list! You and your horse can explore miles of rural paths, lakes and forests, offering some breathtaking views that will make it a holiday to remember.
The wild landscape of Dartmoor offers myths and tales that will stay with you forever, as you trot across the open moors or follow bridleways between each connecting town or village. There are countless horse riding routes on Dartmoor, each with something unique and special to stand it apart from the last.
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