Where to ride
Rights of way
There are more than 500 miles of rights of way in Nottinghamshire for horse riders to use, with some good off-road networks and waterside trails.
Horse riders can use bridleways, byways and restricted byways, but shouldn't ride on footpaths as these are only for walkers.
Bridleways and byways are marked on Ordnance Survey Landranger and Explorer maps. Check which Ordnance Survey Explorer maps cover your area [PDF 338KB]. You can connect up rights of way to make circular routes. You can check the routes in your area with Ordnance Survey maps held at your local library, or you can buy copies from most bookshops or online.
Some areas of farmland are open to riders through a scheme called Countrywalks.
Country parks and forests
The following sites have some great areas for riding:
Cotgrave Country Park has a 1.3km horseriding trail around the edge of the site with sections of surfaced gallops
- Bestwood Country Park has permissive bridleways marked with signs stating "TRAIL", which are also open to walkers and cyclists. If you're bringing a horse box please contact the rangers who will be able to advise you where to park.
- Clumber Park (permit required)
- Sherwood Pines (permit required)
- Blidworth Woods (Discovery Pass required).
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