Horse Riding On Exmoor

Exmoor has a long equine history and is a great area to come & ride. Exmoor National Park has over 260 square miles with over 60% as public rights of way giving miles of stunning landscapes for you to explore. There is a network of quiet bridleways and lanes that offer some of the best rides in the UK, they include coastal bridleways, along with beautiful open heather moorland and steeply wooded valleys.

Coleridge Way bridleway route runs from the Quantock Hills to Exmoor and is about 33 miles long. Most horse riding centres on Exmoor offer some kind of tuition; this can vary from very basic to more advanced lessons depending on the rider’s needs and ability. All breeds and sizes of horse and pony are normally available to cater for every type of rider from the beginner to the more accomplished rider.

Exmoor offers a very diverse terrain, from easy-going to challenging, with over 400 miles of well-maintained bridleways, the choices are endless. Why not bring your own horse?  Many riders are now actually bringing their own horses on holiday with them and The Exmoor White Horse Inn who can arrange stabling in the White Horse Yard offering DIY & full livery options. Riding is one of the activities most associated with Exmoor, with the moor being home to the famous Exmoor Pony, the oldest of the native British ponies. The area offers a diverse range of horse riding & hacking. Horse and carriage rides over the moors are sometimes available by prior arrangement.

Exmoor also hosts some superb equine events every year, including The Exmoor Golden Horseshoe endurance ride that takes place in May every year and attracts riders from all over the UK and is classed as one of the toughest endurance riding venues in Europe. To help you plan your routes it is wise to buy the OS Explorer Map OL9 which covers the whole of Exmoor and shows all the bridleways in great detail. For more information to help you feel confident exploring the countryside, including information about map reading and navigation, paths and access land, and your rights and responsibilities, visit the ‘confidence in the countryside’ pages.

Written by Peter