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Horse Riding in the New Forest & Woodlands of Ringwood and Dorset
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Horse riders in Wootton, New Forest 
The New Forest, Ringwood Forest and Wareham Forests are wonderful places to go horseriding.

There are mature woods, shady streams, dappled glades and beautiful open heathland - what better way to see the landscape than from the back of a horse.

The New Forest

Horse riders have always enjoyed open access to the forest, which is well furnished with suitable tracks. Seeing the forest from the back of a horse is an excellent way to see the forest’s mature woods, shady streams, dappled glades and beautiful open heathland.

You can ride a horse in the New Forest without a Forestry Commission riding permit. However we request that you adhere to all warning signs and the advice given on them. 

Please refer to the New Forest Horse Riding Code of Conduct for further information.

 If you wish to find a riding stable, please visit the Tourist Infromation website:   for information on riding stables in the New Forest.

Pony and Cart

If you wish to drive a pony and cart on Forestry Commission land you will need to purchase a New Forest Driving Permit.

The cost of driving permits for the New Forest are; 

£20.00 - valid for 1 month.
£50.00 - valid for 1 year.
£140.00 - valid for 3 years.

Please click here to download an application form or please call 0300 067 4640 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) or e-mail;

 Ringwood and Wareham

If you wish to ride a horse or drive a pony and cart on Forestry Commission Land in any of our Ringwood or Wareham woodlands you are required to have a Forestry Commission Riding Permit for each horse ridden.

The costs of the permits are below:
£20.00- Private Riding - Valid for 1 month.
£50.00 - Private Riding - Valid for 1 year.
£100.00 - Commercial Permit for businesses - Valid for 1 year.
£50.00 - Driving a Pony and Cart - Valid for 1 year.

Please click here to download an application form or please call 0300 067 4640 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) or e-mail;

What do other visitors say?

You have still not chosen to answer as to why you deem it necessary to charge to carriage drive in the new forest when, walking and so called Nordic walking, dog walking both private and commercial , horse riding and cycling are all free.

Also do you check that all the participants have paid when they do drives from marchwood and others areas which are not run by the bds?

Andrew Hannam, 24/Apr/2017

Thank you for you comments. We are sorry for the delay in your initial query, which has been passed up to the Recreation Manager for a response. He has asked that you send your questions, along with your contact details to for the attention of Richard Burke to as he will then be able to provide you with a full response via e-mail.

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It is totally wrong that cyclists and walkers can use the forests and car parks free yet horse riders and drivers have to pay.In addition, when we had a driving

permit we had to pay 25 extra for each key so it doesn't include a deposit for a gate key!!

Anonymous, 25/Aug/2016
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This website is woefully lacking useful information. The map is abysmal - it's essentially a green blob with a few named black spots on it. I also fully agree with the other comments about the disproportionate and unjustified charges to horseriders. You should be encouraging them to come to the New Forest - not the opposite!

Kelli, 25/Nov/2015

Thank you for your comment and for alerting our attention to the error on the car park map. We have now uploaded a clear map of the car parks in the New Forest. Horse drawn permits are charged for both the New Forest and Dorset and permit access through the Inclosures which normally a wheeled vehicle would not. The charge covers administration fees as well as a deposit for a gate key to access the Inclosures. We do not charge for horse riding apart from in Dorset where again there is an administration fee. This will apply to those wishing to ride on Forestry Commission land in Dorset but off bridleway. For further information about horse riding in Dorset please contact 0300 067 4640

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Last updated: 21st October 2017

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