A look at horse riding in Yorkshire’s stunning landscapes and equestrian facilities across Northern England.
The picturesque County of Yorkshire is among the largest in England and is divided into four parts – North, South, East and West Yorkshire.
Riding in Yorkshire
North Yorkshire stretches across Northern England from its spectacular coastline in the East, across Moors and fertile valleys to the Dales in the West, and attracts millions of tourists who flock to see its traditional market towns, beautiful countryside and historic sites.
Yorkshire’s horse riding heritage is rich and varied with traditions ranging from the breeding of champion show jumpers to ancient hunts and equestrian competitors, like the Whitakers, who are respected worldwide.
The city of York, is famed for its historic Roman Walls and its charming medieval streets which are home to the famous York Minster Cathedral.
York Minster is a superb example of medieval architecture dating back to the Roman Era and boasts one of the finest collections of stained glass in existence.
The Yorkshire Dales is an area of outstanding beauty, with a large part designated one of England’s protected national parks.
Yorkshire’s equestrian facilities are superb and there really is no better place to have a canter than Riding in Yorkshire
Whether you want to ride alongside the Heritage Coastline, through one of the three National Parks or along the bridle paths and routes setup especially for horse riders.
The Pennine Bridleway National Trail provides a fresh challenge for horse riders as it threads its way through the Pennine hills, it combines historic packhorse routes with specially created paths.
The Settle Loop is the first section of the Pennine Bridleway to be opened in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The 16km (10 mile) loop takes in stunning limestone scenery including views of the important Malham Tarn.
The route starts in Settle and climbs out into the Yorkshire Dales, traversing the wonderful limestone upland, before descending back towards Settle.
The Trail incorporates open grassy stretches, limestone outcrops, grass / gravel paths and quiet winding lanes.
The Mary Towneley Loop is a 47 mile circular trail which forms part of the Pennine Bridleway and is suitable for all types of horse riders.
Other Yorkshire attractions include Bolton Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress built in 1399 by Richard le Scrope.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a preserved steam railway running 18 miles through the picturesque Yorkshire Moors; Brodsworth Hall; and much much more.