Riding the South Downs Way
The South Downs Way provides 100 miles of the most exquisite countryside in the South of England, particularly enjoyable when explored on horseback. Whether you’re out for a gentle Sunday hack or prefer to use the bridleways of the South Downs Way to improve your horses’ fitness, there is something for everyone.
The South Downs Way is enjoyed by thousands of horses and riders each year, with many accounting it’s popularity to a combination of beautiful views, lovely bridleways and the wonderful going (even on those wet, winter days). Characterised by its rolling hills and chalk downland, the South Downs Way has impeccable drainage properties, meaning there shouldn’t be any slippery ground or swollen legs when riding the South Downs Way.
Whether you choose to hack the South Downs Way one part at a time or feel confident enough to attempt the whole trail at once, you should be prepared in the way of horsebox or trailer parking facilities, find a selection of useful information below.
The many hundreds of miles of single track and bridlepaths spurring from the South Downs Way the trail and National Park means it is not only a haven for horse riders but a mecca for Mountain Bikers. Not all rides need to be on the path, why not take a leisurely tour between scenic villages on your road or regular bile. Plan a cycling adventure today.