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Horse Riding


Horse rider on a woodland trail. Riders are welcome to use any stone-surfaced forest road, except for the Family Cycle Trail.  No permits are required, simply turn up and ride. 

There are four waymarked routes across the Forest of Dean at Dymock, Newent, Flaxley and Blakeney, all providing an opportunity to explore the area.  These Greenways routes are also suitable for walkers and cyclists and are linked by quiet country lanes.  We recommend using the downloadable Greenways or British Horse Society maps. 

The Blakeney route can be accessed from either Mallards Pike or Wenchford car park, both of which are large enough for horse boxes and lorries.  Please be aware that these car parks are busy during peak times and normal car parking charges apply. 

Hope Wood in Flaxeley has limited car parking but is a lovely, quiet figure of eight ride with views across Flaxley Abbey.  The Dymock Greenway route starts from Queens Wood car park with space for a horse box or lorry.

Access for horse riders in the wider forest area varies, some forest entrances are gated but many have pole barriers which have enough space by the side to navigate a horse around.  For further access details please contact the local Forestry Commission office.

Cannop Cycle Centre and the Sallowvallets area are not recommended for riding due to downhill mountainbiking taking place.  Symonds Yat Rock has good facilities and large car park.  Although there are no waymarked routes there are plenty of forest roads to explore and take in the views of the Wye Valley.  Normal car parking charges apply.

For new riders to the area or those interested in joining a club, Forest of Dean Horse Riders and Carriage Drivers Association are a good contact.  The association was established to improve facilities and access for equestrian activities in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

Last updated: 20th June 2017

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