The Best Riding Breaks

I’m not a sporty type and have never been on a horse, apart from a pony one summer when I was about 5 yrs old, but apparently these sort of breaks are becoming more and more popular for people who love horse riding and want a little extra from a weekend away. We’ve picked the three best riding breaks to suit all kinds of riders, whether you are a beginner or of show jumping calibre. You are sure to find a break here to fit your needs.

Situated on the edge of the beautiful Cambrian Mountains in the heart of rural Wales is the family run business of Cae Iago Riding Centre, one of the most popular horse riding holiday centres in Wales UK. The unspoilt countryside takes you through old roman roads down past clear mountain streams and into the Welsh valleys below. This company has a wide range of horses to suit all riders however they do ask that you have basic skills so are not for beginners.

The centre is aimed for complete relaxation and catered for what you want to achieve out of your stay so whatever time you want to start riding, your horse will have been brought in, brushed and tacked up ready for you. Or you can opt to prepare your own horse for the ride yourself, as you will be supervised both in the field as during the excursion.

The centre opens from the end of January until the end of November and there are no increases in costs for summer. All costs include full board and accommodation and 4 to 5 hours of horse riding per day. To book go to horseridingholidayssgb.co.uk or email enquiries@caeiago.co.uk.

Unicorn Trails offer riding breaks all over the world but we are concentrating on what they have to offer in the UK.

With centres based in Cambridge, Cornwall, The Cotswolds and Wales, they cater to every type of rider from beginners and novice riders to more experienced riders who love to ride a fast horse. They have centres which are ideal for single people and others which cater for families so you have to check out each one individually when you book, depending on what you are looking for.

Certain centres such as the Lake District centre, can accommodate the heavier rider as they have Clydesdale and Shire horses and if tuition is required then this can easily be facilitated. Check out their specific categories for whichever riding break you are after. Accommodation is in welcoming farms and inns with en-suite rooms and all costs are included in your stay. Visit unicorntrails.com for more information.

Finally, Atholl Estates are located in the beautiful and scenic Scottish Highlands of Perthshire and are centred around the famous landmark of Blair Castle. Steeped in history, the castle and grounds are open to the public for day visitors, corporate events, functions and weddings and are set in the magnificent landscape of the 145,000-acre estate, which offers beautifully scenic vistas of rolling farmland and wild open hills. Atholl Estates Trekking Centre prides itself on being one of the oldest riding centre in the UK and indeed,  Queen Victoria enjoyed a hack during a visit to Blair Castle.

Having the best views in the countryside, the centre offers a range of either challenging treks or tuition from their experienced trek leaders. These leaders also have a great deal of knowledge about the surrounding area and its history so your riding experience will be more than just a ride in the countryside. Go to atholl-estates.co.uk to book in advance.

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