Horse riding for everyone

Horse riding on the High Peak Trail

Derbyshire is the perfect place to explore on horseback and if you're interested in finding out how to get started we've got plenty of suggestions.

Traffic-free trails, bridleways and byways connect beautiful countryside and quiet villages through green hills and rugged open moorland.

Whether starting out on a new hobby, searching for new riding routes or looking for a riding adventure, you'll find the right path in Derbyshire.

Horse riding is a great activity to improve your fitness, get active and enjoy the countryside.

People of all abilities can have a go, just book a lesson at one of Derbyshire's many riding schools, or why not book a guided ride for a holiday activity or a birthday treat.

The British Horse Society (opens in a new window) or the Association of British Riding Schools (opens in a new window) have lists of approved riding schools in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire also has three Riding for the Disabled (opens in a new window) groups.

National network - Pennine Bridleway

Explore the scenic variety of the country's newest national trail - the Pennine Bridleway.

Starting from Hartington station, the route heads north along the Tissington and High Peak trails, and further north on bridleways and quiet roads over the high moors of the Dark Peak to Hayfield and Glossop.

The route takes in spectacular views over 48 miles through Derbyshire before heading into the northern counties.

The National Trail (opens in a new window) has detailed route mapping, accommodation and a holiday guide.

Regional network - Greenways

More than 200km of off-road greenways now weave across Derbyshire for you to enjoy quiet traffic-free countryside on horseback.

Many of these routes follow old railway lines, some line Derbyshire's reservoirs and waterways, and others meander through the rich tapestry of stunning landscapes along upgraded bridleways and byways.

New routes are being developed all the time.

Community circuits

Riding circuits between five and 15 miles in length are available across Derbyshire.

Some suggestions are shown in the Horseride Derbyshire leaflet attached to this page.

Horseride Derbyshire

Our Horseride Derbyshire leaflet attached to this page gives tips on how to get started and where to get advice.

The map shows the best of the county's riding routes, locations of approved riding schools, horse box or trailer parking, and the leaflet information provides lots of contacts for different routes and organisations and tips for safe riding.

If you want a copy of the Horseride Derbyshire leaflet please call Gill Millward tel: 01629 539656.

To request further information or to send us your comments, please email:

Horse box parking scheme

Our countryside sites in North East Derbyshire and Bolsover have introduced a scheme to allow riders coming to our Greenways with a horse box or trailer access to designated parking areas. These areas are kept locked and members (on payment of a fee) are given a key to access the parking areas, maps showing where they are and highlighting any space or turning restrictions. You can then park and ride, secure in the knowledge that your vehicle is in a locked car park, not obstructing other users and not likely to be blocked in by other cars. Information and application forms are attached to this page. Or contact Tapton Lock Visitor Centre for an application pack, tel: 01629 533020.

Related documents

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