Horse riding is a great way to explore the Peak District, as there are a number of trails and bridleways suitable for those who plan on traveling on horseback. Horse riding is also a good way to improve personal fitness and helps build leg muscles.
When it comes to beginning horse riding the best option for visitors is to contact a horse riding centre that can provide basic training. Horse riders also have access to the 65 Miles of traffic free tracks across the Peak District, which make the perfect place for people to ride without traffic on gentle gradients. Those looking for more challenging rides may wish to use the bridleway network of the park which provides miles of cross country trails. Either way both cycle tracks and the parks bridleways provide miles of scenic routes across the Peak District.
The Monsal Trail is part of the 65 miles of designated traffic free routes and provides a level surface which spans from the Bakewell Station car park to Coombes Road viaduct and then onto Blackwell Mill which is near Buxton. The route spans a total distance of around 8.5 miles. Those interested in seeing the Longstone Edge area of the park should ride along the Black Harry Trails, which cover the area. The Upper Derwent Valley in the North of the Park also has a series of routes suitable for exploration of horseback.
There are a number of centres within the Peak District which are approved by the British Horse Society, which ensures that high standards are met regarding both animal welfare and the level of training on-site staff have.