Fresh air, exercise and the rhythmic clopping of hooves… horse riding is one of the most relaxing and rewarding activities you can take part in during a UK break. 

There are some fantastic equestrian facilities in the area around Spicer Manor and whether you’re an accomplished rider or a complete beginner, you can’t fail to be nourished by the stunning countryside you’ll pass through. 

There are plenty of riding centres within easy reach of Spicer Manor, including Silkstone Equestrian Centre, which has the added benefit of a well-stocked tack shop on-site. 

Worried about what to wear? Flat, sturdy shoes will keep your feet safe in the stirrups and thick trousers (such as jeans) will stop the saddle from rubbing your legs. You’ll be provided with a hat, and gloves are always a good idea, for both grip and warmth – especially in the ‘fresh’ Yorkshire winters.

If you’d rather watch horses than ride them, and you’re visiting at the right time, Spicer Manor is well-placed for some of the country’s most prestigious equestrian competitions.

Less than 30 miles away in Derbyshire you’ll find Chatsworth Horse Trials, which take place every year over three days in May. 

Down the road in Wetherby, you’ll find Bramham Horse Trials taking place in June and you can drive there in less than an hour. 

Travel over to East Yorkshire for Bishop Burton Horse Trials which take place throughout the eventing season and take just one-and-a-half hours to reach by car. 

Local low-level competitions can also be found much closer to home, with regular Leg Up Equestrian events just a couple of miles down the road in Millhouse Green, and Honley Show providing fun for all the family – even those who aren’t keen on horses! 

If you go riding during your stay at Spicer Manor, we’d love to see your photos. Tag us in on Facebook and Instagram @SpicerManor.

Giddy up!