Horse riding

Bracknell Forest is great for horse riding. It has bridleways, byways and restricted byways to the north of the borough and tracks in Swinley Forest.

Horse riding is not normally permitted on public footpaths or pavements. 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.

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Riding tracks

Horse riding tracks are available on land owned by The Crown Estate in Swinley Park and Windsor Great Park.

You need a permit to ride in Swinley Park and Windsor Great Park. Information about horse riding and permits is on the Great Windsor Park website.

Staying safe

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 (BHS) 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.

The BHS provides free leaflets and advice.

Any incidents relating to horses (including dog attacks) can be reported online to The British Horse Society.

Ride Safe Award

The essential award for all riders. Ride Safe gives you the confidence to ride in the environments you are most often faced with, keeping you and your horse safe.

Horse safety

The BHS run a #BeHorseAware campaign. This aims to share awareness of the potential deadly consequences of feeding horses that are not your own.

The BHS advise not to feed other people’s horses because:

  • horses may mistake your fingers for food and accidentally bite them
  • any type of food, grass cuttings or any other plants can make horses extremely ill or even kill them
  • fighting between horses could break out and cause an injury

The BHS provide free ‘horse aware’ signs for horse owners, with one specifically designed for landowners with rights of way. Visit their website for more information: Be Horse Aware -The British Horse Society

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?

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