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Salcey Forest Horse Trail
(Average user rating: 1 unrated 1/5)

Trail details

Length of trail:

5 miles

Trail is currently open

Salcey Forest Map


Trail description

This trail makes a circuit of the forest on open ridings. Care is needed, as there are four public road crossings, which are well signed. It also shares some sections with the Salcey Forest Cycle Trail. Riders may enter the forest on any of the public bridleways, or use the horse-boxing point at the south-eastern end of the forest (off the Bullhead Road). Please be aware that this car park has limited space and is shared with other user groups, which means it can get extremely busy during peak periods. We ask that other user groups park considerately, leaving large enough gaps for boxes and not blocking boxes already in the car park.

When riding in the woodland, we request that horse riders keep to the bridleways and permissive horse trail, and refrain from using other routes and walking trails in the forest.

What do other visitors say?

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I recently asked for clarification as to the status of the resurfaced path from just south of the horse box car park. Is it a horse trailer or just for walking. I have not received a reply.

ian richardson, 25/Aug/2016

Thank-you for your query. You will find a PDF link to our forest map on the Salcey Forest Centre webpage. This is an up-to-date map with all our trails marked. Horses are only permitted on official bridleways and our specific Horse Trail. This does include the path directly below the Horse Box Car Park, but not the newly-surfaced Woodpecker Walk. Please see map for clarification.

Forestry Commission Response

Following on from the comment above re the signing for the horse trail, does this mean riders should only ride in one direction? I too found it confusing as I left the horse box park and at the first junction went the wrong way, out towards the solar fields. It would be helpful if the signs could show both ways, if indeed it is permitted to ride both directions. Surely cyclists can ring bells or call out to make their presence known?

Anonymous, 5/Apr/2016

Thanks you for your comments. Horse riders can ride the horse trail in either direction if they are familiar with it. It has purposely been signed in one direction only to ensure that riders following it cannot get lost. Cyclists could call out or ring their bells as they come up behind horses, but by having them use the route in the opposite direction we have tried to minimise the element of surprise to the horses - and hopefully reduce the risk of them spooking.

Forestry Commission Response

Is your horse trail suitable for carriage driving? We are always looking for new off road routes. Oxfordshire BDS

June Collier, 21/Mar/2016

Many thanks for your query. I'm afraid that the horse trail is not suitable for carriage driving, it is only designed for riders.

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Information
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Toliets


OS Grid ref: SP810509
Postcode: NN7 2HZ

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