Sussex Horse Riding

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Sussex horse riding on or near the South Downs is really lovely because there is something for everyone!

There are plenty of delightful lanes for a peaceful trot or jog, as well as wide open spaces for those horses and riders who prefer something a little more exhilerating.

Until recently, the bridleway linking Ditchling village with the South Downs Way at Ditchling Beacon ended just short, leaving walkers and riders facing a dangerous 100 yard stretch on a narrow busy blind bend on the Beacon road.

However, a new bridleway was opened last year, enabling riders to gain easy access to the Ditchling Beacon from the foot of the South Downs.

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Bring your own horse or contact one of these Stables or Riding Schools to find out more about Sussex horse riding on or near the South Downs. Horses love it and so will you! Ride up on the Downs or through the lanes and woods below.

Horses in Nye Lane, at the foot of the South Downs

Riding in Nye Lane at the foot of the Sussex South Downs.

The South Downs Way was the first long-distance route to be designated as a bridleway in 1972 and provides an interesting challenge for both horses and riders. Over 100 hundred miles long from Winchester in the West to the edge of Eastbourne in East Sussex, the route offers the possibility of being broken down into several interesting sections. Remember that you will need to take a folding bucket with you. You will also find that any considerable length of the route will also involve crossing busy roads.

You will need a really good map for the route; rather than trying to cope with several maps covering the bridleway through each county, use the brilliant Harvey's map of the South Downs Way. It is waterproof and contains lots of very useful information for riders, cyclists and walkers and provides the whole bridleway divided into sections on one map. (Sections from Lewes to Fulking are available on this site.)

Maps and guides

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Information, maps and guides on East Sussex
Useful maps of West Sussex
Harvey's map of the South Downs Way

Check out the BBC documentary film on hunting and farming in the Sussex South Downs

Ditchling Common Stud
If you're interested in a horse riding holiday, Ditchling Common Stud offers accommodation and holiday route ideas and support. They also have bed and breakfast and camping facilities.

Albourne Equestrian Centre Located just a few miles north of the Sussex South Downs, this Riding School caters for every age and riding ability.

Three Greys Riding School Situated in the beautiful Sussex downland village of Pyecombe, this Sussex Riding school is well located in the South Downs, with easy access to the South Downs Way.

Chestnuts Riding School Located between Patcham and Pyecombe in the heart of the lovely Sussex South Downs,this riding school has ready access to the stunning South Downs Way.

Golden Cross Equestrian Centre
Host to many pony and riding clubs, this is one of the busiest equestrian centres in the South of England.

Ashdown Forest Riding Centre
Located near Crowborough in the heart of the lovely Ashdown Forest,this centre has something for every member of the family - a riding school, pony parties to celebrate those special occasions, boats for hire and lovely picnic areas.

Dragonfly Saddlery
Now based in Hassocks, Dragonfly Saddlery in Sussex, has one of the best ranges of horse and pony riding equipment and equestrian clothing.

Coming soon ...

Bridleway route maps

Links to more Sussex South Downs Riding Schools and Stables

Saddleries and other Sussex suppliers for all things 'horsey'

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