Horse Riding in Cornwall
One of the most pleasurable way in which to explore Cornwall is on horseback. With a number of well set-up riding schools throughout the county it doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or experienced rider, you can explore the countryside of Cornwall riding a horse.
Bridle Ways in Cornwall
One of the things that makes Cornwall such good riding country is the excellent network of bridleways that criss-cross the country from North coast to South coast. Most bridleways are well signposted and are all marked on the Ordnance Survey Maps of the county.
There are some particularly well known horse riding trails, again ideal for both beginners and experienced horse riders alike.
The Mineral Tramway
Popular with both riders and cyclists, The Mineral tramway is a bridleway route that runs from Devoran (on the south coast) to Portreath (on the North Coast). It’s around 17 miles if you travel the whole distance, but there are a number of places at which you can join or leave the trail.
The trail has a fascinating history dating back to the heyday of tin mining in Cornwall.
Link to map and guide: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/pdf/0/0/CCC_1.pdf
The Camel Trail
Another trail that offers a fantastic experience for both cyclists and riders is the Camel Trail. Running from Wadebridge, along the bank of the River Camel to Padstow.
This is a well made-up trail that offers some great, safe off-road riding particularly for the less experienced rider.
Link to map and guide: http://www.visitcornwall.com/xsdbimgs/cwayleafletcamel.pdf
The Great Flat Lode
Another popular route with local horse riders is the Great Flat Lode, which offers an interesting route around Redruth’s mining area.
Link to OS Map: http://www.bhsaccesscornwall.org.uk/Routes/GreatFlatLode.htm
Access through custom and consent
There are a number location in Cornwall that provide access for horse riding based on custom or specific consent. These include numerous large areas of open country such as moorland and coastal areas; some forests and woods, particularly those in the ownership of the Forestry Commission; most beaches; country parks and picnic areas; tow paths beside rivers; some private trackways; some National Trust owned land; and some common land.
Forestry commission locations are Idless (near Truro) and Cardinham Woods (near Bodmin)
There are a number of riding schools close to Rayle Farm providing lessons, guided hacks and other services.