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Woodland Horse Riding

Woodland Horse Riding

by Mike Bartlett

Horse Riding in Tunbridge Wells

Wonderful opportunities for horse riding and hacking adventures are to be had in the Weald of Kent.

With vast downlands, commons and woodland, well marked bridle routes and stables, now is the time to seize the chance and ride!

See the beautiful Tunbridge Wells countryside from a different perspective and mingle amidst the wildlife and flora in the Garden of England medieval woodlands and hinterland.

Join a hack, a pony trekking guide or take a lesson

Stables can be found at:

  • Wellgrove Stables, Pembury with Summer Pony Camp;
  • Treblers Ponies, Hartfield, E Sussex;
  • Honnington Farms Equestrian Centre, Southborough, with 50 acres of native woodland to be enjoyed by horse riders as well as walkers and wildlife;
  • Ashdown Forest Riding in the heart of this Special Area of Conservation and The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
  • Bedgebury Park, Goudhurst;
  • and Hemsted Forest Equestrian Centre.

If you have your own horse, the Round Bewl Ride takes in the 21km of shoreline of the South East's largest reservoir. 

Bedgebury Forest has 12km of riding tracks and a trail map which provides an excellent riding experience.

If you’re as hungry as a horse, drop in on the Bedgebury Pantry for a tasty range of freshly-made sandwiches, baguettes, soup and cakes.

Hemsted Forest, also open to riders, is predominately pine trees which is based near Benenden.

Riding out

The oldest form of transport is a fitting way to explore the nooks and crannies of Tunbridge Wells.

There are numerous local bridleways including one at Barnetts Wood Reserve on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells which is one of the many ancient woodlands in the area. 

Also worth strolling round are the stately homes, gardens and other nature reserves.

Other activities include rock climbing and sailing; and with lots of friendly places to eat delicious food and relax in a spa you will be fully satisfied with your holiday in Tunbridge Wells.

External Links:

Barnetts Wood Reserve  

Click here for a detailed list of woodland bridle paths.

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