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 on the beach followed by retreating to a cosy lodge.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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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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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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Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Saddle up and enjoy a horseback ride in Hyde Park, once Henry VII's favourite hunting spot (when he wasn't ordering "Off with her head!").

Location: Hyde Park, Greater London

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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Experience Purbeck’s surf and turf by learning to sail or horse ride through the waves.

Location: Studland, Dorset

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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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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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