Where to ride
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 Defra and Natural England scheme called Countrywalks.
Nottinghamshire's country parks have some great areas for riding, as do the following sites (note that you may need a permit):
Find a route
We have a searchable directory of walks and rides including some horse rides.
Exploring Nottinghamshire on Horseback - contains six circular rides:
You can buy this publication from the reception at Trent Bridge House, Fox Road, West Bridgford. £2.50.
Saddle up [PDF 3MB] A guide to using rights of way, for horse riders.
Finding Your Way [PDF 1MB] A guide to using public paths in Nottinghamshire.
Exploring Nottinghamshire, a taste of what's on offer:
To order publications, tel: 0300 500 80 80.
Find out more
The British Horse Society keep an up to date list of approved riding establishments and livery yards in Nottinghamshire.
Report a problem with a right of way.