The Wye Valley is an ideal place for horse riding. Bridleways cut through the area and Forest Enterprise allows horse-riding on many hard stoned tracks through their woodlands.
Several riding stables in or adjacent to the area offer lessons and/or opportunities for trekking through beautiful countryside. These include ‘Redbrook Equestrian Centre’, ‘Huntley Riding School’, and ‘Severnvale Equestrian Centre’ in Tidenham near Chepstow. Further details of approved stables in the area can also be obtained from the British Horse Society – visit ‘www.bhs.org.uk/where_to_ride/Wheretoride.htm.’
There are also stables where you can bring your horse on an equestrian holiday. ‘Forest of Dean Equestrian Centre’, Lea Bailey Riding School, Lea Bailey, Ross-on-Wye tel 01989 750360, or contact the British Horse Society for their useful publication ‘Bed and Breakfast for Horses’.
For information regarding accessible riding and carriage driving routes in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley contact the ‘Forest of Dean Horse Riders and Carriage Drivers Association’.
New multi-user routes have been developed in Monmouthshire. These Tread and Trot Trails include Tintern’s Hidden History, Whitestone, Whitebrook and the Wye and Dingestow Discoveries and can be accessed from the ‘Tread and Trot website’.
There are several social and endurance rides taking place; for further details log onto the ‘Offas Dyke Endurance GB website’.
Source: Wye Valley AONB (www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk)