The UK is home to some of the most stunning pockets of wildlife and there’s no better way to explore them than on horseback on a long-distance ride. We’ve put together a list of the top four bucket-list riding trails across the UK, from South Downs to the Welsh Valleys to Scottish Highlands and the fairytale landscapes of Ireland.
South Downs Riding Trail
South Down's riding trail is home to over 1200km of bridleways that meander through the national park. The trailers attract riders nationally and internationally for the diversity of the landscape that all types of riders can enjoy, whether you prefer a gentle trot to a hack up to the peak of the Downs. On the trails, you will experience some of the richest countryside that sits between Winchester and the white cliffs of Eastbourne. Along the way, you can enjoy the stunning array of wildlife including badgers, deer, and birds of prey amongst the visible prehistory. The route is well signposted and easy to follow.
The trail is equipped with amenities such as water taps and troughs along the trails to ensure your horse doesn’t go thirsty. There are also plenty of horsebox friendly car parks for riders wishing to ride their own horse. For riders unable to bring their own horse, Willowbrook Riding Centre accommodates riders of all ages and abilities and offers 2-hour rides along many South Downs bridle paths.
Scottish Castles Trail
The Scottish Castle Trails are a fantastic opportunity to soak up some of the most spectacular historical sites on horseback. Along the routes, there are multiple highly respected riding centres that have gained their 5-star reputation by providing the ultimate customer service. The trail meanders through the Falls of Clyde, Border Reivers, Traguair Castle and all the way through to the Bowhill Estate. Those are just a handful of the spectacular sights you can expect to see. The trails are open from April to October, although the flora and fauna are most mesmerising as the seasons' change. Away from the trails, you can enjoy luxury accommodation offered through the variety of inns and castles which have their own character and history to enjoy.
Trans Wales Horseback Trails
Whether you’re looking for a short trek or the perfect horse riding holiday, the Trans Wales Horseback Trails offer a memorable and relaxing experience for keen trekking enthusiasts. The trail is suitable for competent adult riders looking to explore the most serene landscapes Wales has to offer. You’ll get to feast your eyes on the beautiful Brecon Beacons and beyond.
The Turner family have been hosting all-inclusive horse riding experiences and holidays for generations from their 17th century traditional Welsh Longhouse at very competitive rates for decades. If you’re a horse riding enthusiast, you won’t want to miss out on the exciting canters across mountain ridges and trots down the verdant leafy lanes. The trail is open all year round!
Dingle Peninsula Irish Coastline Trails
Ireland is famous for many things, but the small island didn’t get dubbed ‘Land of the Horse’ for nothing. The Dingle Peninsula Trails accommodate riders who are looking to taste the ocean spray on their treks across the magnificent South Westerly Coast of Ireland. During high season, the trail is accessible 7 days a week to soak up the dramatic beauty of the landscape that visitors have been enjoying for thousands of years. The trails also take you deep into the verdant countryside of Ireland. In fact, the diversity in the landscape is what attracts so many equestrian enthusiasts every year.
The Dingle family offers some of the most memorably challenging yet enjoyable horse riding experiences in the world. The treks are designed to accommodate beginners looking for an introduction to horse riding and advanced riders looking for a challenge. The Dingle family caters to all of your needs with their majestic horses, 5-star accommodation, and superior facilities for riders who wish to partake in the ultimate equestrian adventure.