Horse riding in forests

Northern Ireland's forests offer a variety of horse riding opportunities. Way-marked trails have been established in some forest areas and other forests may be available for special events. To hold special events you need to get a licence or you'll need a day permit.

Permit/ licence

Before you go horse riding in the forest, you'll need to get a day permit but if you're from a riding club and wish to hold special events in a forest, you'll need to get a licence. Contact details to arrange a permit or a licence are in the table below.  If you have any difficulty, contact Forest Services headquarters.

Forest Contact
Tollymore Tollymore Forest Park
Garvagh Forest office


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Horse riding in forests code

Horse riders should:

  • ride only on trails marked for horse riding
  • give way to walkers
  • obey all warning signs
  • keep clear of forest operations
  • not build jumps or create their own trails
  • remember that forestry vehicles, including lorries, may be using the roads at any time and also on weekends

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