Whether you are a beginner or an experienced pro Derbyshire has some of the finest off-road bridle paths and trails in the country.

The Peak District has an impressive network of ex railway lines, moorland and bridleways that are ideal for a relaxing horse ride with your family or friends. It is also a great way of enjoying the Peak District moorland views without having to put on your walking boots!

There are a number of riding centres in the county who offer everything from one hour lessons to half and full day treks. Their local knowledge and experience will guarantee a fantastic day out for all.

If you are lucky enough to own your own horse then places such as Macclesfield Forest, the Monsal Trail and the Pennine Bridleway are all great places to explore.

To help you plan your holiday we have got together some popular riding stables and routes in Derbyshire so that you can plan rides around your accommodation or even choose accommodation close to the riding school you want to go to!

Horse Riding at Carsington Water
Horse Riding at Carsington Water

Enjoy the fabulous trails around the reservoir by riding your horse from the leisure centre. The trail allows you to see all the picturesque surroundings from the comfort of the saddle. The distance around the reservoir is about 8 miles with a range of wildlife to spot along the way.

Ladybooth Riding Centre
Ladybooth Riding Centre

Ladybooth Riding Centre is a family run business set in Edale in the heart of the national park. They have a wide range of ponies and horses to cater for all abilities and offer riding packages for visitors.

Monsal Trail for Horse Riders

The Monsal Trail follows the path of the former Midland Railway from Blackwell Mill cottages to a point about 1km past the former Bakewell station.

Macclesfield Forest for horse riders

Macclesfield Forest and the surrounding land is a great place to enjoy a quiet forest walk with paths and bridleways and many waymarked paths suitable for horse riding and cycling.