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Horse Riding

Many Forestry Commission woods in South West England are only open to horse riders with a permit - contact your local office for details. You do not need to hold a permit to use public bridleways.

Here are some of the best woods open to riders without a permit:

Cookworthy Forest, DevonHorse riders on a forest trail.

An impressive conifer plantation set in the rolling hills of West Devon, between Okehampton and Bude.

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Horse riders may use any of the hard stoned tracks, unless signed otherwise - some tracks may be dedicated for walkers or cyclists.

Great Wood, Somerset

Set amidst the stunning Quantock Hills an extensive network of public bridleways takes you into depths of the forest, and out on to the heathland beyond.

Haldon Forest Park, Devon

Funded by Sport England and opened in 2006 this forest park close to Exeter offers riders 10 miles of trails to explore, including a dedicated riding area, gallop, and horse box parking.

Neroche, Devon & Somerset

A series of long-distance trails are in development, consisting of public bridleways and permissive bridlepaths. The first of these, the 13 mile circular Staple Fitzpaine Herepath, opened in May 2008.

Last updated: 29th February 2016

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.