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The Best Places to Go Horse Riding in Yorkshire

· Ali Turner · Yorkshire

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Think Like a Pony

Whether you’re taking your first lesson or trying your hand at pony trekking, these are the best places to go horse riding in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire is a great place to go horse riding. From rolling countryside to ancient woodlands, you’ll find some of the most amazing rides in the country here, but where should you start? We’ve rounded up the horse-riding schools and centres in the region, so you can learn to ride, build your confidence and start exploring on horseback. Expect lessons, pony treks and more!

Bilsdale Riding Centre

Bilsdale Riding Centre

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There are few better places to go horse riding in Yorkshire than Bilsdale Riding Centre. It sits within the North York Moors National Park, surrounded by scenic bridleways, lanes and forest tracks, so you’ll see the very best of the British countryside while you ride. Almost all of their horses have been bred and reared on the family farm, so they know all their quirks and can pair you with the perfect mount. Beginners can get into the saddle with a leisurely one or two-hour trek on their most gentle horses, while canter-ready riders can enjoy a whole day out.

Bilsdale Riding Centre, Shakenbridge Farm, Hawnby, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LT. One-hour rides are £30 per person, two-hour rides are £50 per person and full-day rides are £100 per person.

Cliff Hollins Riding Centre

Cliffhollins Riding School

This friendly, family-run riding centre in East Bierley is the perfect introduction to horse riding. Their lessons cater for complete beginners from the age of four. You’ll be paired with one of their horses, which range from gentle mounts for nervous riders to bold personalities for the more adventurous, then taken out to their arena or on a hack to local attractions like Black Carr Woods. Either way, their expert instructors will be on-hand to help you every step of the way. Got little ones? Sign them up to the Pony Club for regular riding and training sessions.

Cliffhollins Riding Centre, Cliffhollins Lane, East Bierley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD4 6RQ. One-hour group lessons are £25, two-hour hacks are £50 and Pony Club sessions are £20 per child.

Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre

Shetland ponies, pony trekking

You can do just about anything at Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre. They offer pony treks for absolute beginners, as well as two-day horse riding trails for intermediate and advanced riders. Whichever you choose, you’re in for a treat because this family-owned riding centre sits right at the heart of the Wharfdale Valley, surrounded by moors, farmland and bridleways that are easily traversed on horseback. Want a one-to-one session? You can do horse riding and stable management lessons in their 968 square foot, purpose-built jumping paddock.

Kilnsey Trekking & Riding Centre, Conistone with Kilnsey, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HS. One-hour pony treks are £25 per person, one-hour horse riding trails are £28 per person and lesson start from £10 per person.

Boltby Trekking & Trail Riding Centre

Boltby Trekking Centre

Nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside, surrounded by bridleways, forests and moor land trails, Boltby Pony Trekking offers scenic rides for all ages and abilities. They’ve thought of just about everything – from 30-minute mini-treks to day-long adventures, and our personal favourite, pub rides! Every experience is led by a friendly trekking guide who will make you feel comfortable and confident in the saddle. All that’s left is to find your perfect steed, and with horses ranging from 12 to 16 hands, that certainly won’t be a problem.

Boltby Trekking & Trail Riding Centre, Boltby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2DY. Mini-treks are £30 per person, one-hour rides are £30 per person, 90-minute rides are £35 per person and two-hour rides are £40 per person.

Masham Riding & Trekking Centre

Masham Riding and Trekking Centre

You’ll find Masham Riding & Trekking Centre tucked away inside the Swinton Estate. This 22,000-acre swatch of the Yorkshire Dales is the perfect place to learn to ride and develop your skills. You can start with lessons in their arena, working with an experienced instructor to build your confidence, before moving on to horse or pony trekking on one of the nine routes around the estate. Treks can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as three hours. Most of their horses are pure-bred highlands, but they also have Welsh mountain ponies and even a shire horse.

Masham Riding Centre, Home Farm, Swinton, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JH. One-hour treks are £30 and 45-minute lessons are £40 during the week or £50 on a weekend.

Woldgate Trekking Centre

Horse riding on the East Yorkshire coast? Yes please. Woldgate Trekking Centre sits just one mile west of Bridlington and promises a fun day out for everyone. On Saturdays and Sundays, the kids can learn how to ride, how to muck out the stables and how to groom the horses at their Young Riders Club, but they also offer horse-trekking tours six days a week. Their experienced riders will lead you through woodlands, vales and wildflower meadows on a trek designed to match the individual abilities of your group, whether you’re beginners or pros.

Woldgate Trekking Centre, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO16 4XE. Horse treks are £25 per person and the Young Riders Club is £28 per person.

Bewerley Riding Centre

Bewerley Riding Centre

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An ABRS-approved riding centre with British Horse Society-registered instructors, Bewerley takes horse riding very seriously indeed. They have indoor and outdoor riding arenas on-site, where you can develop your horse-riding skills, including dressage, jumping and cross country, but you can also go out hacking or pony trekking. These one or two-hour lessons will take you out of the stable and into the Yorkshire countryside, so you can look out over Niddledale from horseback. They’re also an approved Pony Club Centre with annual memberships for under 21s.

Bewerley Riding Centre, Bewerley Old Hall Cottage, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5JA. One-hour lessons are £50 for individual riders, one-hour group lessons or treks are £35 and Pony Club sessions are £32 per child.

Back Lane Stables

Horse Riding

This BHS-approved horse-riding school is the perfect place to learn to ride in Yorkshire. They offer a whole range of classes, from beginner to competition level, riding to jumping, so there’s something to suit all your needs. Their hacks, which head out into the surrounding countryside, are reserved for confident riders who can canter with ease – expect flatwork, pole work and showjumping across the session as you build on your skills. Youngers can enrol in their Pony Club and the littlest of riders can learn the ropes in their Fallabella Club.

Back Lane Stables, Back Lane, Farnley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 5HH. 45-minute group lessons are £35, one-hour group hacks are £25 and Pony Club sessions are £30 per child.

Friars Hill Stables

Friars Hill Stables is a friendly, family-run horse-riding school, nestled in the North Yorkshire Moors. They can help take you from a total beginner to a confident, experienced rider with lessons that range from horse riding to show jumping. If you want to head out into the countryside, why not try one of their hacks? They build them around the group, so you’ll travel at the pace of the least-experienced rider, allowing everyone to enjoy the experience equally. They also have a pony club where young riders can learn stable management alongside riding.

Friars Hill Riding Stables, Friars Hill, Sinnington, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 6SL. One-hour group lessons and hacks are £27 per person.

Bleach Yard

Horse riding

There are two things that make Bleach Yard special. The first is owner Joyce Fearn – over the years, she’s taught generations of children to ride – and the second is the location. Her stables are nestled on the edge of Beverley with easy access to Beverley Westwood, where you can canter through forest and dale, with routes to suit every rider, no matter how inexperienced you are. Their horses and ponies are gentle and sensible, perfect for beginners, and Joyce can help you work your way up from riding to dressage or show jumping on a competitive level.

Bleach Yard Stables, Bleach Yard Lane, New Walk, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 7HB. One-hour group lessons and hacks are £25 per person.

Fir Tree Equestrian Centre

Fir Tree Equestrian Centre is a little bit old school, and by that, we mean they don’t just teach you how to ride – they encourage you to get to know your horse by grooming it and tackling it up. That way, you’ll understand the nature and personality of your mount, helping you to become a better, more responsive rider. They teach people at every age and level, from toddlers to pensioners, beginners to pros, and have a team of experienced instructors to help you build your confidence. Their horses range from Shetland and Welsh ponies to cobs and thoroughbreds.

Fir Tree Farm Equestrian Centre, Trumfleet Lane, Moss, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN6 0EB. Lessons start from £10 and rise to £40 depending on the duration and time of day.

Grenoside Equestrian Centre

South Yorkshire is a great place to go horse riding – just head to Grenoside Equestrian Centre. You’ll find it a mere hop, skip and a jump away from Grenoside and Wortley, where reams of rolling countryside make for scenic riding. They offer lessons in their outdoor arena for riders as young as five years old, as well as horse trekking in the woodlands around the stables. Beginners can enjoy a leisurely half-hour hack while more experienced riders will be treated to two hours of exploring on horseback. They also have a pony club where children can learn the ropes.

Grenoside Equestrian Centre, Penistone Road, Grenoside, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S35 8NA. Half-hour horse-riding lessons and treks are £20 per person.

Think Like a Pony

Think Like a Pony

Credit: Sian Gaugham

Think Like a Pony aims to empower young people through horsemanship. Their riding school caters for children aged seven to 18 and takes a holistic approach by teaching students to communicate with the horses and rider in balance. These skills don’t just help them to become a better rider, they also build important life skills. Students start with one-to-one classes with one of their specially-trained instructors, before moving into small semi-private groups. This allows them to get the personal attention they need to build their skills and improve their riding.

Think Like a Pony, Woodlands Farm, Occupation Lane, Bramhope, Leeds, LS16 9HS. Half-hour private lessons are £31.20 per person and one-hour semi-private lessons are £38.40 per person.

Cover image Credit: Sian Gaugham.