For most enthusiasts, London may not be on their list of places to go riding. But with the capital’s 3,000 parks that cover almost a fifth of the entire city, you can be sure that you will never run out of options here.
Whether you are visiting London at the moment or you are a proud resident of the capital, here are some of the best places to check out if you are craving some riding adventure.
Isle of Dogs’ Mudchute Park & Farm
Thanks to the Isle of Dogs’ 32 acres, Mudchute Park & Farm has more than enough room for 25 ponies and horses. They are all suitable for adults and children alike because they are well-schooled.
The best thing about this equestrian center is that it is part of a farm that houses more than 100 fowl and other animals including donkeys and llamas. A trip to the farm is not only perfect for a good day of riding but is also a wonderful chance to bond with the whole family.
Paddington’s Ross Nye Stables
Ross Nye Stables is Central London’s long-established riding school that has been providing riding classes in Hyde Park ever since 1965. It caters to all abilities and ages with a Riding Club made for adults and a Pony Club especially formed for younger horse enthusiasts.
Richmond Park’s Stag Lodge Stables
The well-serviced Richmond Park with stables has signs of equine life everywhere you look. Stag Lodge is the pick of the stables, serving as the home to over 70 well-trained ponies and horses that you can take out for a thrilling riding experience. Courses and lessons are available for children and adults alike.
Vauxhall’s Vauxhall City Farm
Vauxhall City Farm’s stables may be a bit more modest than those of Stag Lodge and Ross Nye with only four ponies and horses on-site. However, the equines can all participate in flatwork, jumping, children and beginner adult lessons, and riding for disabled lessons. This gives you lots of exciting opportunities to go riding. The farm’s knowledgeable team can also give you advice about healthcare, grooming, and more if you plan to get your own pony soon.
Wimbledon’s Wimbledon Village Stables
Wimbledon Village Stables is a riding center with impressive credentials, from its well-schooled horses to the expert team of professional and fully qualified instructors.
The setting itself is also great. As you go riding on horseback, you also get the chance to bask in the beauty of the wildlife and countryside of Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park. If you are lucky, you might even spot a deer amidst the ancient trees while you are out riding.
You can also choose from an exciting selection of horse-riding courses that cater to all levels of skills. You can even enroll in an evening course on stable management and horse care.
What makes Wimbledon Village Stables different from others is the EQUICISE offering that claims to be the only mix of equestrian technical development and fitness of its kind.
Are you ready to hit the trails soon?
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