Bracknell Forest caters well for horse riding with bridleways, byways and restricted byways to the north of the borough and tracks in Swinley Forest.
Please note that horse riding is not normally permitted on public footpaths or pavements and please be aware of other users of public rights of way.
Binfield Bridle Circuit
This 10-mile circuit in the parish of Binfield consists of byways, bridleways and quiet country roads which form two loops, each approximately 5 miles in length. The bridle circuit passes through attractive rural scenery leaving the more busy roads behind. In addition, there are several off-road sections suitable for cantering.
The horse riding trails are all signposted with a special Binfield Bridle Circuit signpost.
Horse riding tracks are available on land owned by The Crown Estate at The Look Out and Windsor Great Park/Windsor Forest.
You need a permit to ride in Swinley Forest (the forest surrounding The Look Out) and Windsor Great Park. Information about horse riding and permits is on the Great Windsor Park website.
Contact the Forestry Commission for permits to ride on their land in Crowthorne.
Car drivers and horse riders both have a right to use the road. By considering each other's needs and following some basic advice, drivers and riders can help avoid accidents involving horses on the road.
Research by The British Horse Society shows that wearing fluorescent and reflective clothing gives drivers three more seconds, (an extra 25 feet of braking distance). This could be the difference between you and your horse staying safe, or a nasty accident.
Any incidents relating to horses (including dog attacks) can be reported online to The British Horse Society.
Riding and road safety test
The Riding and Road Safety Test helps educate riders in road safety in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads. The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and is supported by the Department for Transport. It is the only test that any rider will undertake that has the potential to save not only their own life but that of their horse and other road users as well.
Help shape your local countryside
Are you interested in helping shape the future of your local countryside? If you are, why not become a member of the Bracknell Forest Local Countryside Access Forum?