Riding in Kent the Garden of England

Horse Riding in Kent, England

Discovering the Pleasures of Horse Riding in the English County of Kent.

The County of Kent is situated at the south eastern tip of England and is often called the ‘Garden of England’; with its hop fields, oast houses, orchards, sumptuous gardens and captivating countryside.

Kent is the oldest place name in Britain and the county’s history goes back to Roman times.

Not surprising then that Kent has many historic towns, more than the average amount of intriguing castles, beautiful stately homes and historic attractions.

And; Kent has some of the most beautiful countryside for horse riding.

You will enjoy horse riding in Kent it is a wonderful experience and Kent features an abundance of equestrian facilities.

You will ride through interesting towns, pretty villages and the picturesque Kent countryside, which is known as the garden of England.

Kent Horse Riding & Other Equestrian Facilities …

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Ridgeway Forge Farriers

Ridgeway Forge, Ridgeway Road, Herne, Kent, CT6 7LL. Phone: 07979-991372 or 01227-283714

Ridgeway Forge Farriers is an established practice in the picturesque village of Herne in Kent and is owned and run by Kevin Howes. With over 11 years experience in shoeing horses from all disciplines, mounted games ponies to dressage horses, shire horses to race horses. Whether you ride for pleasure or compete at the highest level, we offer a calm, reliable service to all of our clients and their animals. Covering Kent and parts of Sussex, please feel free to call or email for more info on our areas.


Fircrest Liveries, Kent

Contact Sally Tobin: 07949 324951

Fircrest Liveries is a BHS Approved Livery Yard offering 5 star full livery service. Superb all year grazing, floodlit sand menage, fantastic hacking with access to TROT toll rides, natural feeding systems, large stables with haybars and autodrinkers, post and rail fencing, friendly welcoming atmosphere, owner instructor lives on site. Visit our website for more info on our service and competitive rates for full livery. Read our client testimonials too.


Shepway Harness Club

Shepway Harness Club. PO Box 702, Folkestone, CT20 9DZ

The Shepway Harness Club was formed 28 years ago by a small group of Driving enthusiasts. Our main aim is to promote the art of Carriage Driving, to do this we hold a number of events, shows, lectures, demonstrations, picnic drives, sponsored drives, training and one day events. The club is well established in the Driving community. We always welcome new members and our experienced members are always happy to give help and advice. All new driving members are required to take the club’s driving assessment.


The Ashford Valley Hunt

Contact: Steve Carter: 07801 527076

The Ashford Valley Hunt meet card offers a variety of different days, suitable to all levels of competence, from complete novices to experienced riders – check with the Hon. Secretary for details. Wherever the meet, visitors to the Ashford Valley can always be sure of a friendly welcome and the unique privilege of following hounds across country not normally open to visitors.


The Donkey Breed Society, Kent – 01732 864414

The Hermitage, Pootings, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 6SD

The Donkey Breed Society is the British society and UK registered Charity for everyone whose love and interest is in the donkey. Founded in 1967, the Donkey Breed Society seeks to encourage a fuller and more active life for those donkeys who are much loved family pets or companions to other animals. We believe that a donkey is not just an ornament for your paddock and that a busy donkey is invariably a happier donkey.

Kents Wye and Crundale Horse Rides.

Kent Equestrian - Riding on The North Downs Way

This route will allow you to explore the downland and woodland on the North Downs to the east of the Stour Valley.

This circular ride lies to the east of the A28 between Canterbury and Ashford.

The riding routes comprise two short and four long loops which can be combined in any way to provide a long distance ride of up to 17 miles of approximately 4 and a quarter hours duration and within the capabilities of any horse which is ridden regularly.

The routes utilise bridleways, byways and sections of quiet minor roads. Just take special care on the narrow, twisting lanes.

The Kent North Downs Way :

Kent Cathedral - Kent Equestrian
Designated as a National Trail, the North Downs Way runs for 140 miles from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent. The route along the escarpment avoids exposed ridges but at the same time offers good views of the patchwork of fields and villages of the Weald.

Riding ‘The Way’ brings you through large expanses of deciduous woodland. A section of the Wye and Crundale Rides coincides with the North Downs Way along the top of Wye Downs. Unlike the South Downs Way, the North Downs Way, as a whole, only has short sections suitable for bridleway use. The Way runs parallel or concurrent with the Pilgrims Way, an ancient trackway.

The Kent Downs – An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Horse riding routes exist wholly within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which forms part of a great arc of designated landscape stretching through East Hampshire, Surrey and Kent to the White Cliffs at Dover.

The chalk grasslands of the Wye and Crundale Downs, which comprise a ridge and characteristic dip slope and dry valleys, are of high ecological value and are a pleasure to ride through.