The Cheviot Hills, Northumberland National Park\n© Simon Fraser

Freedom to Ride!

Riding in the Cheviots © NNPARiding in the Cheviots
Saddle up - there can be no better way of enjoying the beautiful scenery of Northumberland National Park than from the back of a horse. Horse riding appeals to all age groups and can be enjoyed by both able bodied and disabled people alike. Good riding centres provide the opportunity for tuition in riding skills and horse care and are an ideal introduction to the sport.

Confident riders will enjoy hill routes in the Cheviot Hills, particularly in the Breamish Valley near Ingram and around Alwinton in the Upper Coquet Valley. For you Northumberland National Park and the British Horse Association are developing the Cheviot Challenge Riding Routes.

For many horse riders and owners though, it is quiet rides in the countryside of Northumberland which provide the greatest pleasure, enjoying the companionship of the horse and the exhilaration of the exercise - either as part of an organised group or on a self-guided ride.

Like cyclists, riders may use roads, byways and bridleways - but not public footpaths. Whilst underfoot conditions are far less important for horse riders than for cyclists, it is always best not to be too adventurous in isolated areas without good advice. Why not talk over your planned route with a local expert at one of the many established riding centres throughout Northumberland? Some riding schools offer guided rides which range from beginner to experienced in level.

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