Riding

The Cotswolds is a great place to ride and whether you bring your own horse or go pony trekking, there are plenty of places to stay and routes to follow.

The long distance riding route the Sabrina way runs through the Cotswolds, from Gotherington, north of Cheltenham to  Great Barrington near Burford where it joins with another riding route, the Claude Duval route named after a notorious highwayman who used to frequent Hopcrofts Holt near Steeple Aston. The route links the Swan Way at Quainton (Buckinghamshire) with the Sabrina Way just across the Oxfordshire / Gloucestershire border.

Click here to see other promoted riding routes in Gloucestershire.

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You can request a booklet about this route and the Sabrina Way from the British Horse Society.

Download information on Stables and Equipment providers in the area

Download information on Horse Riding in the Cotswolds AONB
 

New edition of Cotswolds on Horseback now available

The third edition of The Cotswolds on Horseback has been published by the British Horse Society (BHS).

It is the first publication in the....on Horseback series of trail guides to feature additional information on the BHS’s EMAGIN (Equine Mapping and Geological Information Network) website.  EMAGIN displays the latest additions to the National Bridleroute Network for the UK and Ireland, benefiting not only equestrians but also walkers and cyclists.

The National Bridleroute Network includes the Sabrina Way, opened in 2002, which runs from the Claude Duval Bridleroute at Great Barrington in Gloucestershire through five counties to Derbyshire, and, together with the Claude Duval 2 extension, provides a link between the Ridgeway and the Pennine Bridleway.

The BHS’s new publication comprises eight routes, with maps and route directions. There are currently another fourteen additional routes available online for free, and more due to be added. The routes enable riders to enjoy the rolling hills, rich history and stunning countryside of the Cotswolds using bridleways, restricted byways, and quiet lanes, and cross arable and livestock farmland, woods, commons and country estates.

The routes were devised by local volunteers, including the Mid Cotswolds Tracks and Trails Group. BHS County Access and Bridleways Officer, Lois Eyre, who co-ordinated the volunteer team, said: “I think all of us love riding in the Cotswolds, and would encourage others to visit as well. We were very pleased to have this opportunity to share our beautiful riding with others.”

The Cotswolds on Horseback is available from the BHS bookshop, priced £6.95, or click here to download individual routes.