Even if you live in the city you still have several different places you can enjoy a few hours to a full day of riding. Different horseback riding tours around London are a wonderful way to relax and get back to nature or to even spend a day with that special someone in your life.
These rides are designed for riders of all levels. The stables will provide all the tack you need. These stables also offer lessons for beginning riders or those just wanting to brush up on perhaps rusty riding skills.
Many people assume that the summer is the best time of the year to enjoy a ride. However, the autumn is just as amazing and perhaps even more rider and horse friendly. The weather is a bit cooler; there definitely aren’t as many bugs, and you get to see the true splendour of the lovely autumn foliage.
If you are going to for a ride plan to call ahead and make sure the facility is open and a ride is available for that day. The autumn is often an off-peak time, so it is not typically a problem in finding a stable with tours available. It is always best to simply confirm and to also find out about the typical rides offered or if they can provide a custom ride if you wish to extend your time.
Horse Riding Around London
In the small village of Pembury, not too far away from Tunbridge Wells, you will find Wellgrove Stables. This is a family owned stable that is fully approved by the British Horse Society. There is hacking on bridlepaths around the stable for more experienced riders while for those with less experience there are shorter rides offered through the stable’s woodland.
They offer riding lessons as well as hacking and, if you find you are interested in regular rides, they offer a loan program that is very reasonably priced to provide you with a horse that is carefully matched to your riding style and experience.
Within the Greater London area, you will find Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, both beautiful areas with bridlepaths and wonderful hacking outings. Ridgway Stables offers riding for people of all ages from experienced riders to beginners with no riding experience at all.
They have both horses and ponies and with the over 17 miles of trails in Wimbledon Common and even more Richmond Park, it is a great way to spend a day. This is also a terrific opportunity to make it a wonderful outing. They offer a one-hour private lesson for new riders that is one-on-one with an experienced riding instructor. They also carefully select a mount that is sure to make the experience pleasant for a rider of any experience level.
With a local pub next door, you can enjoy a hack and then relax and have a meal, making it a wonderful day outing right in the city.
Offering riding all year round, Hyde Park Stables is another wonderful way to spend a few hours. They have several different rides that take in such sights in the park such as the Diana Princess of Wales Fountain, the Achilles Statue, the Marble Arch and Apsley House, the home of the Duke of Wellington.
There are several other sights to see including riding along the edges of Serpentine Lake or taking the famous Rotton Row ride, perhaps the most famous 1,384 metres of track in the world.
The stables offers a range of different riding options all individually priced. This includes private lessons and rides, group lessons and rides and semi-private options as well. The stable provides riding hats, boots and wet weather gear at no cost, but it is a popular location, so they recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, particularly on their heavier use days on the weekends.
Even if you are in the city, you still enjoy your time out a horse. These rides are all very reasonably priced, just be sure to book ahead to avoid any problems in scheduling.