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Nottinghamshire Horse Riding

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These places can provide you with a trek experience around beautiful areas of Sherwood Forest.

The Bolsover area was historically part of Sherwood Forest

On the northern edge of Sherwood near Cresswell Crags

Near Newstead Abbey, family home to Lord Byron

A central location near Maid Marion’s birthplace and Will Scarlet’s grave


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Where to ride

Why not visit the ‘Horse Riding In Nottinghamshire’ page of the Nottinghamshire County Council website for more information on where to go and what to see.

Visit  – Horseriding in Nottinghamshire

Or use the walks and rides page to find a route – search

Rights of way

There are more than 500 miles of rights of way in Nottinghamshire for horse riders to use, with some good off-road networks and waterside trails.

Horse riders can use bridleways, byways and restricted byways, but shouldn’t ride on footpaths as these are only for walkers.

Bridleways and byways are marked on Ordnance Survey Landranger and Explorer maps.Check which Ordnance Survey Explorer maps cover your area [PDF 338KB].

You can connect up rights of way to make circular routes. You can check the routes in your area with Ordnance Survey maps held at your local library, or you can buy copies from most bookshops or online.


Some areas of farmland are open to riders through a scheme called Countrywalks.

Country parks and forests

The following sites have some great areas for riding:

Cotgrave Country Park has a 1.3km horseriding trail around the edge of the site with sections of surfaced gallops

Bestwood Country Park has permissive bridleways marked with signs stating “TRAIL”, which are also open to walkers and cyclists. If you’re bringing a horse box please contact the rangers who will  be able to advise you where to park.

Clumber Park
 (permit required)
Sherwood Pines (permit required)
Blidworth Woods (Discovery Pass required).

Other useful links

Nottinghamshire Bridleways
British Horse Society

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