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
Ballyboley
Cam
Glenariff
Garvagh Forest office

Charges

For charges, visit the following page:

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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