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Horse Riding

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With over 465 miles of bridleways there are many picturesque trails for horse riding in Hampshire.

While horse riding in Hampshire you can pass through rolling hills, heathland, downland, forests and meadows, enjoying the freedom of the open trail and the fresh, healthy air.
There are rides suitable for all abilities but you should plan your trip carefully and take into account all relevant health and safety information.

Hampshire is also home to two of the best equestrian shows in the UK, the New Forest and Hampshire County Show and The Romsey Show, which feature competitions, displays and events.

Horse riding trails
The county’s country parks have a number of marked trails for horse riding in Hampshire.
These include:

The extensive network at Manor Farm Country Park in Bursledon, which takes you along the picturesque riverside of the Hamble and through woodland areas. Contact reception for a permit on 01489 787 055.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park in East Hampshire has a six mile permissive riding trail which will take you through the forest before joining the South Downs National Park. No permit is needed.

Titchfield Haven in Fareham is a coastal park rich in wildlife which has a number of riding routes travelling through open farmland and woodland. Please contact the office for a permit on 01329 662145.

Alice Holt Forest provides an opportunity to canter through tranquil oak woodland. This is also by permit only, please ring 01420 520212.

The British Horse Society's publication Hampshire on Horseback recommends 19 riding trails around Hampshire ranging from 8 to 37 miles. This includes the 10-mile Meon Valley Trail which follows the old Meon Valley railway, offering views across the rolling hills and quaint villages from West Meon to Wickham.

Riding schools and equestrian centres
You’ll find numerous riding schools and equestrian centres dotted around Hampshire, including several stables in the New Forest, where you can enjoy riding in the vast open countryside of this lovely National Park.

Hampshire riding schools offer a full range of facilities and training for horse riding in Hampshire, whatever your skill level. Many centres are British Horse Society Approved, with BHS trained and qualified instructors.

There are rides, treks and hacks for beginners, intermediate and more experienced riders as well as opportunities to take part in competitions, show jumping and dressage.

For adults you’ll find special events such as Pub Rides, Holiday Hacks or Picnic Rides while children can enjoy Pony Fun Days, Pony Clubs, Horse Experience sessions, Pony Camps and Cowboy Adventures.

Many riding schools welcome visitors and holiday makers and for some events you can either bring along your own horse or ride those provided by the centre.

Explore more about horse riding in Hampshire, including Western riding, with our selection of centres below.

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  1. Arniss Equestrian


  2. Merrie Stud


  3. Park Farm


  4. The Peter Ashley Activity Centre

    Cosham, Portsmouth


    Price £3.50 to £17.00 Per Ticket