Somerset provides idyllic horse riding country. With miles of unspoiled countryside and plentiful bridlepaths, horse riding in Somerset provides the perfect way to appreciate nature at its best.
If you have always wanted to learn to ride but have never had the chance, there are plenty of horse riding holidays for beginners. This type of activity holiday is a great way to make new friends as well as learn to ride.
For those who would like to bring your own horse with you on holiday, Exmoor has a plentiful supply of horse holiday accommodation providers who welcome horses and riders with open arms – and open stables and paddocks – and really know how to look after guests. You’ll find breathtaking scenery, comfortable cottages and farmhouses, fantastic home cooking, reassuringly large and well-stocked boot rooms for ‘gear’, and plenty of hot water after a day’s riding. The Crown Hotel provides excellent accommodation for both horses and riders in the pretty village of Exford, in the heart of Exmoor National Park.
If you don’t want to bring your own horse, but fancy a gallop over open moorland, or a leisurely forest ride with glimpses of spectacular coastland, followed by a pub lunch – there are plenty of riding establishments and hireling yards offering good quality, well-mannered horses and escorted rides. While your horse has a well-deserved day off relaxing in his tranquil paddock, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. Horse riding in Somerset is a very popular activity and the county is packed with equestrian events and country shows and activities. Keep an eye on forthcoming events at the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet.
Horse riding in Somerset is the perfect way of exploring the local countryside in harmony with nature.