Explore some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole Peak District on horseback! Voted the best off-road horse riding in the Midlands, Derbyshire Pony Trekking is a great company that loves horses and loves sharing the joy of pony trekking with anyone who wants to give it a go!

Where can I find the best pony trekking in the Peak District?

Derbyshire Pony Trekking are consistently highly rated by customers and has earned either the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Hall of Fame, or Travellers Choice award for seven years in a row!

They’ll go at your pace, whether you want to go fast or slow so their treks are great for beginners and experienced riders alike. Horse riding in this gorgeous area is an unforgettable experience and one that should definitely be on your Stack if you’ve always wanted to try it.

Horse Riding Tips

It’s important to remember that you’re riding a living animal, not directing a vehicle. Establishing a good relationship with the horse is vital to a good riding session, so here are some tips to get you started:

  • Greet your horse (also known as the ‘horseman’s handshake’)! Offer the back of your hand for it to smell, and then wait for it to touch your hand with its nose.
  • Stay calm. If you’re nervous while riding the horse, particularly while mounting, it also starts to become uneasy and makes the experience unpleasant for both parties.
  • Importantly – be gentle with the reins. Don’t pull too hard on the reins, or you will most likely be hurting your horse.

The riding instructors here really care about going the extra mile to make your trek that much more special, taking different routes each time and creating a fun, friendly environment where you can totally relax and enjoy your ride with well cared for horses who know the area. They also offer one-to-one tuition where you can learn to ride in a real natural environment instead of being cooped up in a menage.

  • Prices per person start at £28 for 1-hour treks and go up depending on the length of the trek
  • They also offer Pub Grub Treks, Day Treks, and Sunset Treks and more!
  • Riding lessons cost £48 per hour per person (not available on weekends or school holidays)
  • Pre-booking is essential (book through their phone number, email or Facebook – they also have a contact form on their website)
  • Be sure to let them know your riding ability and the ages of any children going on the trek
  • Disabled and special needs customers can be catered for
  • Minimum age of 4 and under 18’s need an adult to accompany them
  • Maximum weight restriction of 13 stone but they can accommodate exceptions
  • £1 to hire a helmet and £1 to hire a high viz vest (both are disinfected between uses)

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