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Discover the park on horseback

Country Pursuits

Horse riding in Northumberland National Park.

Riders take to the bridleways of the Cheviots. Photos by Peter Skelton.

Horse Riding

Riding over the wide open spaces, hills and moors of Northumberland National Park is exhilarating. On these heather and grass covered uplands you can ride for hours without seeing anyone else. Enjoy quiet rides either as part of an organised group or on a self-guided ride.

Riding centres and schools

These offer tuition in riding skills and horse care and are an ideal introduction to the sport. They can also advise on route planning and some have guided rides from beginner level to experienced.

Where can I ride?

You can use roads, byways and bridleways on horseback. However you are not allowed on public footpaths. Many areas are isolated which is part of their charm. But please make sure you are well-prepared. Look at our suggestions for horse riding routes in the map below.

Safety tips for horse riding in Northumberland

  • Always tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be out. Try to ride in company, especially when riding in a new area.
  • Carry the relevant OS map for the area. Highlight your route on the map for easy reference.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for your ride – remember that the weather can change quickly in the hills so take warm and waterproof clothes.
  • Check your horse’s tack before you set off; you may find it useful to carry a head collar and/or lead rope – useful not only in an emergency but also to allow your horse to graze while you have your lunch!
  • Carry a hoof pick, personal details, and a fully-charged mobile phone – but be aware that coverage may be limited.

Useful horseriding links

For Fishing, click here.

For Clay Pigeon Shooting, click here.

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.