Horse Riding

A great place to ride and whether you bring your own horse or go pony trekking

Sabrina Way

The long distance riding route the Sabrina way runs through the Cotswolds, from Gotherington, north of Cheltenham to  Great Barrington near Burford where it joins with another riding route, the Claude Duval, named after a notorious highwayman who used to frequent Hopcrofts Holt near Steeple Aston. The route links the Swan Way at Quainton (Buckinghamshire) with the Sabrina Way just across the Oxfordshire / Gloucestershire border.

View the Sabrina Way Riding Map (203 miles/327km)
Starting from the Claude Duval route in Oxfordshire to The Pennine Bridleway in Derbyshire.

View the Claude Duval 2 Riding Map (25 miles/40km)
A continuation of Claude Duval that links the Sabrina Way to the Ridgeway National Trail.

View the Claude Duval 1 Riding Map (50 miles/80km)
A linear route in North Oxfordshire.


The Cotswolds on Horseback

The Cotswolds on Horseback was published by the British Horse Society (BHS).

It is the first publication in the….on Horseback series of trail guides to feature additional information on the BHS’s EMAGIN (Equine Mapping and Geological Information Network) website.  EMAGIN displays the latest additions to the National Bridleroute Network for the UK and Ireland, benefiting not only equestrians but also walkers and cyclists.

The National Bridleroute Network includes the Sabrina Way, opened in 2002, which runs from the Claude Duval Bridleroute at Great Barrington in Gloucestershire through five counties to Derbyshire, and, together with the Claude Duval 2 extension, provides a link between the Ridgeway and the Pennine Bridleway.

The BHS’s publication is no longer in print but the routes covered in the book and many more are available to download from the BHS Ride Maps UK website. The routes enable riders to enjoy the rolling hills, rich history and stunning countryside of the Cotswolds using bridleways, restricted byways, and quiet lanes, and cross arable and livestock farmland, woods, commons and country estates.

View the 21 Cotswolds on Horseback Riding Maps 

View the 14 South Gloucestershire Circular Rides 

Carriage driving routes maps are also available from the BHS including

PLAP 11 The Cotswold Hills Gloucestershire (10 miles)

PLAP Route 2 – Cotswold Countryside Drives (Northern and Southern Routes)


Useful Information

Horse Riding Tours and Tuition around the Cotswolds AONB

BHS List of UK Livery Yards and Equine B&Bs

Horses Welcome B&Bs (Advertise your B&B with BHS)