90. Horse riding in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds offer wonderful riding country and there are many equestrian centres dotted around with many places offering horse riding days out and plenty of routes to follow.

Riding is a very popular pastime in the Cotswold Water Park, in the southern Cotswolds, with some excellent bridlepaths, lanes and rides, and easy access from nearby car parks.

The long distance riding route the Sabrina Way runs through the Cotswolds, from Gotherington, north of Cheltenham, to Great Barrington, near Burford in Oxfordshire, where it joins with another riding route, the Claude Duval Route.
Not many places in the UK beat the Cotswolds for horse riding. Picture © Cotswolds Conservation Board
Here's a selection of some of the most popular riding centres in the Cotswolds:

Cotswolds Riding is based at Jill Carenza Equestrian in the picturesque north Cotswold village of Stanton, a few miles from Broadway. The riding includes lessons, as well as splendid hacks, for all levels of rider with over 50 well-schooled horses, so there should be no problem finding the right horse for you. There are also ponies for children. 

Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre is a friendly riding establishment offering expert tuition and scenic rides around Bourton-on-the-Water and, in particular, the picturesque villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. With a selection of good-natured horses, the centre offers riding for everyone, from the complete beginner to the more advanced rider. Tuition is available from highly qualified instructors with facilities including an outdoor arena, mini cross-country course and a set of showjumps. As a registered Pony Club centre, there are also plenty of activities available for horsemad children. Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre has supplied horses and riders for various TV programmes, magazines and promotional work.             
Durham's Farm Riding School, based at Chastleton, near Moreton-in-Marsh, is a family-run business situated in a beautiful part of the Cotswolds. The riding area is outstanding for all levels of ability, with large open spaces, bridleways and woodland trails with lots of breath-taking scenery. 

Cotswold Trail Riding is a friendly, family-run riding stables based at Ongers Farm, Brookthorpe, Gloucestershire. Riders are given a fantastic opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside, experience breathtaking views of the Severn Vale and Cotswold Hills and enjoy the spectacular wildlife. All ages and abilities are catered for, whether you are a novice or an experienced rider, with lessons, hacks through organic pastures, pub rides, activity days and birthday parties all on offer.

South Cerney Riding School is based in the village of Cerney Wick, between Cirencester and Swindon, just off the A419. The school is a busy and popular riding centre with facilities which include an indoor and outdoor school, clubhouse/lecture room, tack room and stabling. It caters for both children and adults. 

The Talland School of Equitation, based at Dairy Farm, Ampney Knowle, near Cirencester, is a world-renowned equestrian centre offering dressage, show jumping, cross country and side saddle which attracts equestrian students from across the world. There is the opportunity to ride and train on quality horses and ponies under highly qualified instruction and to watch top international horses in training. With between 85 and 100 horses available at any one time, Talland is able to cater to all from complete beginner to Olympic level rider and will train students to British Horse Society Fellowship level.  Talland prides itself on its warm welcome to visitors of all ages and abilities and is happy to offer courses to suit the individual as well as unaccompanied children throughout the holidays.

More information

Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre

Cotswolds Riding

Cotswold Trail Riding

Durham's Farm Riding School

South Cerney Riding School 

The Talland School of Equitation
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