The area’s extensive network of bridleways and its quiet country roads make the Shropshire Hills the ideal destination for anyone who is either looking to learn to ride or, indeed, to discover a new part of the country from horseback.
Shropshire as a whole boasts over 600 miles of bridleways and horse-friendly byways, including a number of waymarked circular routes and promoted long-distance treks that can be completed in short sections, or joined creatively with other promoted riding routes.
To get a clear picture of the wide choice available visit Shropshire’s Great Outdoors website, where you’ll find maps of long-distance routes, such as the Jack Mytton Way, shorter circular rides, or rides on themes, such as historic towns and villages.
The British Horse Society also produces detailed maps of rides, such as the Blue Remembered Hills circular route, from Bishop’s Castle through Clun Forest.
Learning to ride in the Shropshire Hills
Novices, whether old or young, can take a sample lesson to see if horse-riding is for them, or there are longer courses that set out to turn you into an accomplished rider over a longer period.
Stay in the Hay - bring your own horse
Of course, if you are already an accomplished rider, then you may well want to visit the Shropshire Hills and ride your own horse. Below we outline some options for exploring the Shropshire Hills with your own horse , including some that include accommodation for your horse, ensuring that your trusty friend enjoys a good night’s sleep, just like you!