Horse Riding

Imagine trekking along quiet tracks, cutting through the heart of some of most remote and beautiful parts of Bowland. Skirting picturesque farms and villages with a sense of stepping back in time to a forgotten part of the English countryside; and no better way to do it than by horse back.

Horse riding is growing in popularity within the AONB, and there are plenty of opportunities to ride your own horse along a network of country lanes and bridleways.  However, some of these bridleways go over very difficult territory, so we recommend you check them first before riding them.  If you require further information please contact the AONB office on 01200 448000.

All horse riding routes

It is strongly advised that you refer to the page on safety information before going horse riding. This page highlights safety information and the Countryside Code and also provides further information about sustainable tourism and how you can make your contribution towards keeping the Forest of Bowland special!

Lots House Circular Bridleway (pdf, 1.9mb)

Horse Riding

North Lancashire Bridleway - The first phase of this ambitious project to develop a circular bridleway in Bowland is complete, offering 47km of bridleway that cuts through the heart of the Forest of Bowland AONB. The majority of accommodation available on the route is provided by working farms, with many offering livery for horses. The route travels from Halton on Lune near Lancaster before wending its way up the Roeburndale Valley over to Slaidburn and the Hodder Valley on the old Salter Fell Road, skirting Dunsop Bridge and Whitewell and finally on to Chipping.

Future developments

Work on developing the second phase of the North Lancashire Bridleway is currently underway, and includes the creation of further local networks linked to the overall long distance route.

North Lancashire Bridleway leaflet - There is a comprehensive leaflet that includes a map of the route and a list of accommodation providers, to obtain a copy call 01772 534709, or you can download it from the link below.
North Lancashire Bridleway Leaflet in PDF format (2,543kb)

Riding Schools

Greenhall Farm, Tatham - Tel: 01524 261594 or visit the
Greenhall Farm website (

Pony Trekking

Braeden Pony Trekking Centre, Claughton-on-Brock - Tel: 07944 244368