Experience France on horseback. -
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Horse riding is a favourite pastime of mine.
From pony rides as a young boy to wild horse riding adventures in more recent
years, it’s always been an important part of my life. I love nothing more than
saddling up and exploring the great outdoors, whether that means trotting
through the countryside or galloping along the coast. France is one of my
favourite places to go horse riding, as the terrain is so varied and there are
so many places which are perfect for riding. In this blog post, I’m taking a
look at a few of the best horse riding holidays in France. Giddy-up!
in Lyons Forest
is it: 3
days, 2 nights
There are plenty of tour providers to choose
from, Ride in France is just one.
They offer horseback tours all over the country, varying in length and
difficulty, so there’s something for everyone. This three day, two night tour
takes place in Normandy, in northern France, which is just a few hours’ drive
from Calais. You’ll spend three days amidst uninterrupted beauty, trotting and
cantering through Lyons Forest, and, on the second day, you’ll stop at
picturesque Lyons-la-Forêt for lunch. Classified as a Plus Beaux Villages de
France (one of the most beautiful villages in France), you’ll fall in love with
The Weekend in Lyons Forest
horse riding holiday is available from June to December.
Castle Trail The Loire Valley’s châteaux are not to be missed.
© Flickr user Dennis Jarvis
is it: 7
nights, 8 days
The Loire Valley is best known for its
impressive châteaux, which are dotted throughout the region. They display the
finest French architecture and most beautiful gardens, surrounded by rolling
green hills – perfect for horse riding! This In The Saddle ride begins and ends in
Blois, the capital of the Centre-Val de Loire region, and takes riders on a
seven-night tour through woodlands, forests and vineyards, past pretty towns,
along rivers and, of course, to the region’s châteaux. You’ll stay at BnBs and
hotels along the way, and picnics full of delicious local produce will be
Castle Trail horse riding holiday is available from April to September.
Saint-Michel to Cancale’s Bay
is it: 4
days, 3 nights
Level: Beginner to
Another tour by Ride in France, this time from Mont
Saint-Michel to Cancale’s Bay, takes you west along the coast to explore Mont
Saint-Michel Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Mont
Saint-Michel island commune – Cancale’s Bay and the surrounding areas. The ride
starts at the guesthouse in Normandy, setting off through the Sée Valley.
You’ll ride through lovely woodlands, meadows and villages, followed by a group
meal at a local restaurant. Over the following two days, you’ll head to the
beach to explore both bays and visit the breath-taking Mont Saint-Michel.
Mont Saint-Michel to Cancale’s Bay horse riding holiday is available from
July to November.
Lavender Trail The beautiful lavender fields in Provence.
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is it: 6
nights, 7 days
Level: Intermediate and above
If you’re willing to travel a little further –
and I’d highly recommend you do – In The
Saddle offers great rides in the South of France. This particular horse
riding holiday takes place in Provence, an area which is known for its
Mediterranean weather, Camargue nature reserve and many colourful lavender farms.
This seven-day ride starts in Lauris, heading south through Rustrel, Saint-Trinit and several other places, before finishing up in Saint-Auban-sur-l'Ouvèze.
The trail winds through valleys and forests, up hills and past lavender fields,
stopping at guesthouses along the way.
Lavender Trail horse riding holiday is available from January to October.
Explore France on horseback with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
Travel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and, from there, you can start your horse riding holiday adventure.