The South Downs is fantastic riding country. The chalk downland provides good going even after rain, and with miles of bridleways and byways, you can ride off-road for hours in some of the most beautiful countryside in England.

For your own and others’ safety and enjoyment, please follow these simple, commonsense guidelines:

Guide to Good Riding

  • Always obey the Countryside Code
  • Be considerate of local farmers and their stock
  • Be courteous to other users
  • Do not ride in large groups (never over 12)
  • Do not jump hedgerows or fallen timber
  • Take home all droppings and straw that may be left in the parking areas

Further information

You can find a list of registered and approved riding centre on the British Horse Society website.

If you are a local riding school and would like to be listed on this site, please do let us know by emailing