From the rugged crags and wooded gorges of Charnwood Forest to the beautiful open uplands of High Leicestershire, this is the perfect English county for horse riding.
The County of Leicestershire is situated in the heart of England.
Where the many places to visit include the historic city of Leicester itself and popular attractions such as Leicester Cathedral.
But to really experience the stunning scenery of the Welland valley, the rugged crags and wooded gorges of Charnwood Forest and the beautiful open uplands of High Leicestershire; you really need to do so while horse riding in Leicestershire.
Leicestershire is a truly horse friendly English county; where the bridleway network through Beacon Hill, Burrough Hill and the Sence Valley demonstrate just how horsey the county is.
Equestrian Centres, Riding Facilities & Horse Riding in Leicestershire
Hinkley Equestrian Centre – 01455 847464
Marefield Farm, Mill Lane, Earl Shilton, Leicester LE9 7AX
Hinckley Equestrian Centre is a BHS approved riding school with a range of facilities catering to the total beginner to the more experienced rider. We also offer a range of livery services including full, part, working, schooling and breaking
Parkview Riding School – 0116 236 4858
100 Anstey Ln, LEICESTER LE7 7JA
Set in 80 acres of beautiful countryside with private access to parkland and bridleways for safe and enjoyable riding, Parkview riding school offers riding lessons for all standards and ages of rider, with either individual or group tuition, as well as DIY, grass or full livery
Witham Villa Riding Centre – 0116 277 5526
Mill Lane, Blaby, Leicester LE8 4FG
A friendly yard with stabling for 28 horses, year round turnout and excellent facilitie. Established as a Livery Yard in 1986 Blaby Mill Stables is home to Leicester Dressage Group, Hinckley Dressage Group and the Blaby Recreational Riding Association (BRRA)
South Kilworth Riding Club was established in the 1980s and holds four open horse shows each year. The horse shows are hosted close to Husbands Bosworth
Brooksby Equestrian Centre – 01664 424280
Brooksby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2LJ
Brooksby is a Pony Club training centre with a large indoor arena (60x30m) and a smaller outdoor school (20mx40m). It offers riding lessons taught by qualified staff, BHS training courses from stages I to IV; Riding and Road Safety and teaching qualifications to BHSII. You can hire the facilities for personal riding.
The Ridgeway National Trail
Horse riders can enjoy considerable lengths of The Ridgeway ? all of the 43 miles (69km) of the western half from Overton Hill to the River Thames at Streatley. Perfect, but not too strenuous for long distance use, the Ridgeway Trail ideal for day trips
The Midshires Way
The Midshires Way is a long-distance route across middle England and designed for horse riders, although it is also used mountain bike riders. The Midshires is around 225 miles long and links the Ridgeway and the Pennine Bridleway, and also connects with the Trans-Pennine Trail. The main Leicestershire section is about 30 miles long but if you’re a fan of really long horse rides then whole trail is superb
Leicestershire and Rutland Bridleways Association
Membership Sec. Sue Sheldrick, Wigston, LEICESTER – 07824 357616
An organisation devoted to promoting the needs and rights of the horse and rider in the Leicestershire and Rutland Areas. Campaigning on behalf of members at local and national levels for the preservation, improvement and extension of bridleways and to promote safe riding.
Offering a ride calendar packed full every year, which includes riding over some of the most scenic parts of Leicestershire and Rutland. Membership is very cheap, but you don’t have to be a member to join the rides.