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The Best Stables in the UK

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Horse riding is not only a fun and effective source of exercise, it’s also a very unique way of exploring beautiful surroundings. Connect with a horse and go on a journey through some of the UK’s most beautiful trails, without experiencing the same strain as walking. If you have a horse, discover some of the places you can bring your own, and if you don’t, book yourself a lesson or experience at one of the best stables in the UK and enjoy an equestrian-fuelled adventure. 

Wimbledon Village Stables

Wimbledon Village Stables

This award-winning riding school has stables near Richmond Park, perfect for those living in the city who might want to temporarily escape the bustle of cars to get to the sound of horses amongst the wildlife of Wimbledon Common. They offer lessons, courses and have a varied events programme, such as ‘An Introduction to Horse Ownership’ this Sunday (3rd Feb) which is free for members, or £30 for non-members.

Studland Stables

Book a ride at Studland Stables and make a weekend of it by stopping by Bournemouth, only 30 minutes away! Studland offer lessons and gift vouchers, as well as a B&B where you can bring your own horse and stay overnight, and beach riding, a spectacular trip along the 3 miles of sandy beach along Studland Bay.

Wimbledon Village Stables

Wimbledon Village Stables

Ross Nye Stables

Ultra convenient for London locals, Ross Nye Stables are based in Hyde Park. They are the longest-established riding school in London, having been created in 1965, and continue to this day to provide Londoners with the wondrous opportunity of horse riding and hacking lessons. Plus, younger riders can join the Hyde Park branch of the Pony Club where they’ll learn about horse care and the basics of riding, there is a club for adults too with social evenings and event outings, and they also offer riding holidays at their farm in Guildford, just an hour out of town.

Tally Ho Stables

The Tally Ho Stables and Hacking Centre is based in Berkshire, just a 30-minute drive from London. Take a ride and experience the breathtakingly beautiful Great Park by horseback, either for a fully supervised session or for a romantic evening ride on a Summer evening.

Snowdonia Riding Stables

Snowdonia Riding Stables

For a ride with unbeatable scenic views, head to North Wales to Snowdonia Riding Stables. The organisation has over 30 years of expert equestrian experience, and offer rides that pass by mountain views, and the coast of the British Isles. There really is no better way to see these picture-perfect spectacles.

Wellington Riding

Wellington Riding, with over 60 stunning and well-trained horses, is one of the best and most famous equestrian centres in the UK. It has a training centre, a school to suit all abilities, and they regularly host competitions for showjumping and dressage.

Wellington Riding

Wellington Riding

Lavant Equestrian

For horse riding in West Sussex, look to Lavant House Stables, a comfortable and welcome place for beginners (as well as riders of all other abilities). Learn why their motto is ‘Where People and Horses Thrive’ by booking a lesson there, taking part in the activities they put on and joining in with the equestrian-themed events that occur all year round.

Woolacombe Riding Stables

A horse ride along Woolacombe beach is the best way to see it. Book the hour and a half ‘Ride Out’, where you’ll walk, trot and canter along the Devonshire countryside, a ‘Sand Dune Ride’ for experienced riders to enjoy views of the sand dunes and bridleways, or a half hour lesson continued by an hour-long ride, perfect for those who want a little refresher course before getting back on that horse. 

Lavant House Stables

Lavant House Stables

Bourne Vale Riding Stables

Family-run for four generations, this is the top centre for horse riding in Birmingham. The stables are located in the heart of the West Midlands and offer lessons, a pony club, Easter holiday activities, and birthday parties!

Lee Valley Riding Centre

Another London local, Lee Valley Riding Centre can be found in Leyton in East London. Their 5* stables are the perfect place to take regular lessons, training courses are ideal for those wanting to get stuck into the sport, and their gift vouchers make a great present for any horse-lovers’ birthday. Plus, they have two mini horses – Charlotte and Sugar – who are just too cute not to pet.

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