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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Land Rover driving and falconry fun at Peckforton Castle

Land Rover driving and falconry fun at Peckforton Castle

Always wanted to test drive the latest Land Rover? Spend the day at Peckforton Castle and get ready for the drive of your life.

Location: Tarporley, Cheshire

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Plan a day of horse riding with Country Treks

Plan a day of horse riding with Country Treks

Horse riding in the beautiful South Shropshire countryside is something quite special indeed and is great way to admire the scenery.

Location: Stottesdon, Shropshire

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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 on the beach followed by retreating to a cosy lodge.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Saddle up in the Peak District and Derbyshire

Saddle up in the Peak District and Derbyshire

View some of the area’s finest scenery on a two-day trail ride, with exhilarating gallops, quintessentially English villages and cosy pub lunches.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

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Go mountain boarding in Wenlock Edge

Go mountain boarding in Wenlock Edge

As the name ‘The Edge’ suggests mountain boarding down Wenlock Edge is both a test of nerves and an adrenalin pumping generator.

Location: Much Wenlock, Shropshire

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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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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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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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A luxury B&B for you and your horse

A luxury B&B for you and your horse

Tugford is a family run working farm that has both a B&B and holiday cottages as well as a purpose built stabling and livery.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

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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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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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Thrills on the hills in Dorset

Thrills on the hills in Dorset

Get your heart racing with some high-octane fun in the Dorset countryside.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

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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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Get a birds’ eye view of Hampshire’s hottest hawks

Get a birds’ eye view of Hampshire’s hottest hawks

Fly a Red Kite at the Hawk Conservancy Trust and learn all about the world’s top birds of prey.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Ride a heavy horse in the Cumbrian countryside

Ride a heavy horse in the Cumbrian countryside

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

Location: Whicham Valley, Cumbria

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Celebrate your adventurous side at Avalanche Adventure

Celebrate your adventurous side at Avalanche Adventure

Are you one of those people who like their challenges a little off the beaten track?

Location: Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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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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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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Fly a Falcon at Lady Hill Farm

Fly a Falcon at Lady Hill Farm

Ever wondered what it's like to have a falcon land on your arm? Book yourself in for a flying session with Falconry Days at Lady Hill Farm.

Location: Simonburn, Northumberland

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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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