Devon offers horse riders almost 2000km of public rights of way including bridleways along which to explore the beautiful countryside. If you’ve ever dreamt of a quiet hack through the lanes, a moorland amble on horseback or an exhilarating beach gallop, you’ll find all this and more in Devon.
Horse riding is a great way to get naturally active. Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks both have established bridleway routes; you will also find a number of circular routes to enjoy in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Ruby Country. Why not try the new Pegasus Trail? This newly created walking, mountain-biking and horse-riding trail will eventually link the Granite Way with the Ruby Way, so please note that sections of this route are still in development.
Devon is home to a number of excellent riding schools, offering qualified riding instruction for all ages and abilities. You will need to book your riding lesson in advance and can normally choose to ride for just an hour through to a full day.
Pleasure rides or fun rides are run by local equestrian groups for those who have their own horse. They offer the chance to explore a planned route alongside other riders and often follow a mix of quiet lanes and bridleways.
To explore more on horseback, download a copy of Horse Riding in Devon.