Top 5 Horse Riding Holiday Hotspots in the UK

What better way to explore the British landscape than from the lofty perch of your own horse? Places to stay with your equine friend are dotted all across the country as horse riding holidays in the UK are becoming more popular. With a bit of cheap horse insurance and the required moving equipment, you can enjoy a top holiday in these five beautiful areas of Britain.

Cumbria

Cumbria

Cumbria

Discover the rural beauty of the Cumbrian countryside on horseback. The Bailey Mill which is located in the area, near to the Scottish border, is a small, family run holiday complex which caters for people and horses alike. The area is known for its traditional farming landscapes and its rich tapestry of wildlife and natural beauty spots. Nearby is the city of Carlisle which houses a spectacular cathedral, the picturesque Talkin Tarn Park and the historical Carlisle Castle. Enjoy a myriad of tea rooms, outdoor pursuits and family activities in Cumbria, including a trek through the Kershopp Forest or walks across the Bewcastle Fells.

Norfolk Suffolk

Norfolk Suffolk

Norfolk/Suffolk

Bring your horse on holiday to the Little Lodge Farm on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, complete with log cabins and stables. It is also a British Horse Society approved location so you can expect high quality. Cross through the countryside to the Norfolk broads to look out amongst pathways of river banks and lush views. Wander through the forests in the area or hire bikes to ride along country pathways to visit landmarks further afield. Give your horse a break with a day of sailing or hop onboard a steam train at the North Norfolk Railway for a tour of the countryside.

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire

You can also opt to stay in the town of Gloucestershire which is steeped in history and tradition. Church Farm is another holiday hotspot which caters for you and your horse. Situated in the small hamlet of Abenhall, the tranquil environment is a perfect environment for your horse. Enjoy riding around its 50 acres of pastures before heading to the Forest of Dean. After a few days trekking through grassy meadows, cobbled towns and along country roads, visit Thornbury for a spot of paintballing and the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent.

Bridgnorth, West Midlands

Bridgnorth, West Midlands

Bridgnorth, West Midlands

Take a trip to Bridgnorth in the West Midlands for a leisurely holiday overlooking the River Severn at The Dinney. This converted farmhouse is perfect for an idyllic setting, with jaunts to the nearby market towns. Near to Bridgnorth is the historical town of Shrewsbury which was the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Also nearby is Ironbridge, which is the known as the birthplace of industry, with the world’s first iron bridge. In between these towns are plenty of horse-friendly tracks and country roads leading to green open pastures and woods.

New Forest

New Forest

New Forest

Set within the heart of the New Forest, Granary Mead Cottage offers accommodation for people and horses. With beautiful flower-lined country pathways and lush, open grassland, the New Forest is a treat for both you and your pet. Amongst the green landscapes are traditional pubs and cafes in the village of Burley. If you feel that your horse could do with a day in the stables, head down to the Dorset coast around 30 minutes away in the car for beach fun.

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