From scenic trekking tours of the countryside to prestigious riding schools that will prep you for any scenario, these are the best horse riding spots in the region.
Whether you want a one-time adventure or to kickstart a new hobby, these horse riding schools and trekking experiences are on hand to help. There’s something magical about experiencing the beauty of Yorkshire on horseback, with panoramic views and vast moorland surrounding you. While trekking experiences give you a taster, riding schools will help you refine your skills. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve made sure we’ve rounded up the very best in the region.
This is your chance to experience God’s Own Country on horseback. From pony trekking for beginners to canter-filled rides across the moors, here’s where to go.
Masham Riding and Trekking Centre
If it’s pony trekking you’re after, Masham Riding and Trekking Centre is an obvious choice. This tiny riding centre on the eastern side the Yorkshire Dales has plenty of off-road routes. You’ll learn about the ponies, before making your way across one of nine routes. Each one weaves through the 22,000 acre Swinton Estate and circles the spectacular Swinton Park Hotel, a Grade II* listed castle. Treks take place in groups of 10 and can last as little as 15 minutes or as much as a full two hours, so it’s a great option for first timers wanting to take it easy.
Masham Riding and Trekking Centre, Home Farm, Swinton, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JH. Treks start from £10 per person.
Bilsdale Riding Centre
Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, Bilsdale Riding Centre will help you get the most out of your experience. They have horses and ponies to suit all abilities, as well as a web of routes on their doorstep. From heather moorland to tightly packed forests, you’ll see the North York Moors and all of its wildlife on your ride. Treks include gentle hour-long sessions on the bridleways and two-hour stretches that take you up onto the moors. Experienced riders can push themselves on a full day trek, but you’ll still be accompanied by an experienced instructor.
Bilsdale Riding Centre, Hawnby, Helmsley, north Yorkshire, YO62 5LT. Treks start from £30 per person.
Boltby Pony Trekking and Trail Ride Centre
Boltby Pony Trekking and Trail Ride Centre is based on a working farm at the edge of the North York Moors. They’ll pair you with a horse or pony that’s suited to your ability, before you work your way through forestry, moorland or classic bridleways. Prefer a more personal experience? This is one of the only pony trekking centres that lets you do one-on-one rides with an instructor, so it’s perfect if you’re a nervous rider. Although treks usually last one or two hours, in the summer, you can do a full day ride with a picnic or even a trip to the pub. You won’t get that anywhere else in Yorkshire.
Boltby Pony Trekking and Trail Ride Centre, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2DY. Treks start from £12 per person.
Farsyde Farm Cottages
To soak up the beautiful Yorkshire coast on horseback, head to Farsyde Farm Cottages in Robin Hood’s Bay, where you’ll be taken out in small groups with the B&B owners. Your route will depend on your ability, but you’re guaranteed panoramic views with a boast-worthy view of the sea. While beginners take a gentle walk along the former Scarborough to Whitby rail path, experienced riders can explore the beach, which makes this one of the coolest horse riding experiences in the region.
Farsyde Farm Cottages, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO22 4UG. Treks start from £30 per person.
Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre
Set in Wharfedale Valley, the family-run Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre offers seven different routes for an unforgettable horse riding day out. If you’re a beginner, you can choose from four different treks and the least experienced rider will set the pace in groups of up to 10 people. Will it be a gentle meander along the River Wharfe or a trek through the North Yorkshire Dales? If you can hold your position in canter, go for their advanced rides, which last up to two hours and will see you explore the likes of Kilnsey Moor and Chapel House Woods in much smaller groups.
Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre, Conistone with Kilnsey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HS. Treks start from £10 per person.
Wensleydale Equestrian is less than five miles away from Hawes, one of England’s highest market towns, so expect spectacular views on your horse riding adventure. Both beginners and advanced riders can do a group trekking session that lasts anywhere between one hour and half a day, depending on your preference. If you feel more comfortable on foot, go for a short lead rein hack, where you’ll walk alongside the horse. Highlights on the route include the picturesque River Bain Valley and Semer Water, the largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, which is just a 30 minute walk (or horse ride) away.
Wensleydale Equestrian, Gill Edge House, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3DB. Lead reign hacks start from £15 per person, and trekking starts from £30 per person.
Whether you want to get to grips with the basics or sharpen up your riding skills, these riding centres will do just the trick.
Back Lane Stables
The family-run Back Lane Stables offers a varied horse riding programme for all abilities. They have two flood-lit outdoor arenas, with one that stretches to 60 metres, so you can make the most of a sizeable training space any time of day. But that’s not all. Experienced riders can use a full set of show-jumps and dressage markers to train for competitions. If it’s been a while since you took the reins, you can do a dedicated session that eases people back into the sport. Ever had a go at side saddle riding? It’s one of the only places in Yorkshire to offer specialist training with award-winning professionals.
Back Lane Stables, Back Lane, Farnley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 5HH. Private lessons and hacks start from £34 for 40 minutes.
Cliffhollins Riding School
Cliffhollins is a family-run riding school that caters to all abilities. Just six people make up their intimate group lessons, so you won’t fall into the background, but if you prefer an even more personal experience, they do private lessons too. Better still, they do hacks every day of the week. Beginners can take a gentle 30 minute hack out towards East Bierley duck pond and experienced riders can canter out to Black Carr Woods or Oakwell Hall. It’s also worth noting that they are RDA approved, so disabled riders will be fully supported.
Cliffhollins, Cliffhollins Lane, East Bierley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD4 6RQ. Private lessons start from £30, group lessons start from £12 and hacks start from £25.
Yorkshire Riding Centre
Yorkshire Riding Centre have 50 years of horse training under their belts. Although they’re based in the small village of Markington, you’ll have over 30 acres of countryside at your disposal. They have two generously sized indoor arenas, but that barely scratches the surface. They have an international sized outdoor dressage arena, outdoor jumping arena, a canter track and a selection of cross country fences, so they’re kitted out for virtually every horse riding discipline. It’s so well equipped that it attracts students from all over the world, which makes them one of the best in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Riding Centre, Markington, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3PE. Private lessons start from £40 and group lessons start from £25.
The Northern Riding Centre
The Northern Riding Centre is a professional horse riding school based in Dewsbury. Their focus is on beginners, but experienced riders can pick the brains of the instructors to improve their performance. Lessons can be taken in groups or with one-to-one tuition across their three arenas, two of which are indoors. If you want to broaden your riding disciplines, you can make the most of their jump training and cross country lessons. Horse care courses and lessons will also give you a thorough grounding in basic maintenance.
The Northern Riding Centre, Water Lane, Dewsbury, South Yorkshire, WF12 9PY. Private lessons and group lessons start from £20.
Think Like a Pony
Think Like A Pony is a child-centric riding school with a variety of schemes to develop horsemanship from a young age. Riders will get one-to-one lessons before they’re confident enough to join small groups of two or three riders. But lessons don’t just focus on horse riding, you’ll learn how to communicate with the horses and understand their behaviours, which in turn will improve your performance. They’re also one of the only places in Yorkshire who offer a youth development programme for vulnerable children.
Think Like a Pony, Woodlands Farm, Occupation Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 9HS. Private lessons start from £24 and semi-private lessons start from £30.
Bewerley Riding Centre
Bewerley Riding Centre is in one of the most picturesque locations in the region, the Yorkshire Dales. Riders of all abilities and ages are welcome here. If you’re a beginner, you can make the most of the outdoors with a guided hack on the quiet lanes and moorland nearby or go for a more conventional lesson in their indoor arena. Whatever you choose, you’ll learn how to maintain the correct posture while controlling your steed. Looking for more advanced training? They have cross-country training fences and show jumping fields, with experts on hand to point you in the right direction.
Bewerley Riding Centre, Bewerley Old Hall Cottage, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5JA. Private lessons start from £18 and group lessons start from £22.