Countryside pursuits

Horse Riding Holidays & Sports in England

Book into a country hotel to take advantage of some quintessentially English activities. No, we don’t (just) mean afternoon tea and making full use of the complimentary toiletries, but rather country sports and country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, fly-fishing and falconry, as well as horse riding holidays. To get even closer to our heritage, consider taking part in – or perhaps simply watching – a historical re-enactment. Expect to be awed by the sheer commitment of hundreds of enthusiasts as they bring to life crucial moments from down the years, including preparations for the D-Day landings and the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

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Saddle up for windswept romance on the Yorkshire coast

Saddle up for windswept romance on the Yorkshire coast

When it comes to romantic things to do, it’s doesn’t get much better than a windswept horse ride, followed by retreating to a cosy lodge.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Learn to shoot to thrill in The Cotswolds

Learn to shoot to thrill in The Cotswolds

Learn from the experts and experience the ultimate in country pursuits in an idyllic Cotswold valley based between Winchcombe and Ford.

Location: Near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

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Savour the wilds of the UK’s first national park

Savour the wilds of the UK’s first national park

Relish windswept moors, ancient woodland, towering rock faces and rolling dales in the Peak District National Park.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Take in the sea air on horseback

Take in the sea air on horseback

Experience a horse ride like no other with Cumbrian Heavy Horses.

Location: Whicham Valley, Cumbria

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Explore a wild playground in Exmoor

Explore a wild playground in Exmoor

Cycle past ancient sights and ramble amongst towering trees on a walking or cycling holiday spent exploring two National Parks.

Location: Exmoor & Quantock Hills, Devon

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Go off road trail riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Go off road trail riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Take to some of Wiltshire's finest riding trails for superb views of the monuments of the county.

Location: Marlborough , Wiltshire

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Discover Newmarket, the home of English horseracing

Discover Newmarket, the home of English horseracing

Horses have been bred, trained and raced in Newmarket since the 11th century, turning this once peaceful Suffolk town into the sport’s spiritual home.

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk

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Let loose a quiver of arrows at Southsea Castle

Let loose a quiver of arrows at Southsea Castle

In 1515 Henry VIII passed a law stating that all able-bodied men must carry out archery practice on Sundays.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Discover Cornwall’s rugged landscape on the Poldark Trail

Discover Cornwall’s rugged landscape on the Poldark Trail

Saddle up for Hallagenna’s horse riding trail across Bodmin Moor, taking in some of the stunning filming locations behind the BBC’s Poldark remake.

Location: Cornwall

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Get to grips with nature & play in the trees at Tree Runners

Get to grips with nature & play in the trees at Tree Runners

Get Dad out of the house, take the kids off the computer and climb, swing or hug a tree at Tree Runners.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Go horseriding in the Lake District

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Try your hand at archery and falconry in Sherwood Forest

Try your hand at archery and falconry in Sherwood Forest

Get merry with your gang with an experience Robin Hood himself would have approved of, right in the heart of Nottingham’s famous Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Get the kids active at Mendip Snowsports Centre

Get the kids active at Mendip Snowsports Centre

Set in the beautiful Mendip Hills, action never stops at Mendip Snowsports Centre with kayaking, climbing, caving, archery, snowboarding, and more.

Location: Churchill, North Somerset

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See Devon from the Back of a Horse

See Devon from the Back of a Horse

Horses are such a large part of the history and culture of Devon, with the county unsurpassed for the beauty and quality of its landscape.

Location: Devon

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Plan an extravagant getaway to Bovey Castle

Plan an extravagant getaway to Bovey Castle

Indulge in a extravagant getaway to a chic and welcoming castle perfectly positioned in Dartmoor National Park.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Hack across Wiltshire countryside with Rein and Shine

Hack across Wiltshire countryside with Rein and Shine

Enjoy the Wiltshire bridleways at Rein and Shine Riding School, who provide traffic free, safe riding.

Location: Braydon, Wiltshire

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Make your next break the Badminton Horse Trials

Make your next break the Badminton Horse Trials

Badminton Horse Trials is a three-day event and one of the premium dates in the eventing calendar attracting the highest level of competitors from around the world.

Location: Badminton, Gloucestershire

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Treat yourself at the new spa at Coniston Hotel

Treat yourself at the new spa at Coniston Hotel

Enjoy a touch of luxury in the new spa at Coniston Hotel Country Estate after a day in the grounds trying shooting, fishing, 4x4 driving or falconry.

Location: Skipton, Yorkshire Dales

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Trek across the North York Moors with a team of huskies

Trek across the North York Moors with a team of huskies

Set out on an intrepid adventure holiday with Pesky Husky, an adrenalin-pumping experience for active types looking to feel the wind in their hair.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Discover ‘another world of adventure’ in Yorkshire

Discover ‘another world of adventure’ in Yorkshire

Bid farewell to winter and say “hello!” to Another World Adventure Centre in Halifax, with activities that are perfect for the young and restless.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

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