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We have re-opened the car parks and trails in most of our woodlands and nature reserves to provide more people with access to the places they love.
Visitor facilities at some woodlands and nature reserves may be limited for now and some places remain closed – see each place’s web page for more information.
Visiting our sites safely
We are working hard to provide a safe and welcoming experience as our sites re-open.
Please take personal responsibility for your safety, making additional preparations ahead of your visit and abiding by the safety measures in place.
From beginner to expert, the network of bridleways in Wales offers some great opportunities to get outdoors on horseback.
Horse riding is permitted on bridleways and all byways. These are open to other users such as walkers and horse riders, too.
Horse drawn carriages are permitted on restricted byways and byways open to all traffic
You can also go horse riding or carriage driving in some of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.
From the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south, the Wales Coast Path provides a continuous walking route around the whole of Wales.
Close to the path, there are bridleways, forests and beaches where you can ride as well as riding and pony trekking centres which cater for riders of all ages and abilities.
See the Wales Coast Path website to find out more.
Natural Resources Wales manages purpose-built soft trails for horse riders in Crychan Forest near Llandovery and Dyfnant Forest near Welshpool.
There is also access for horse riding and some waymarked horse riding trails in many of the other woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.
The waymarked trails in Crychan Forest were created in partnership with the Crychan Forest Association.
They follow old tracks and link Halfway car park with the other car parks in Crychan Forest at Brynffo, Esgair Fwyog and Cefn Farm.
There are also shortcuts onto the Epynt Way, a 50 mile long bridleway around the boundary of the Sennybridge military training area.
These four car parks all have facilities for horse riders.
The Rainbow Trails are a set of waymarked routes for horse riding in Dyfnant Forest.
They were developed in partnership with the Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Horse Riders and Carriage Drivers Association.
The car park at Penyffordd in Dyfnant Forest was purpose built and has a one way system to allow drivers of horse boxes to roll in and roll out, ample parking for horse trailers and cars and a corral for horses.
Find out more about horse riding in Dyfnant Forest.
You can go horse riding in many other woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.
You can drive a carriage without a permit in Crychan Forest near Llandovery and in Dyfnant Forest near Welshpool.
Please note that permits are required for carriage driving in all other woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales. Go to Woodlands and You to find out how to apply for a permit.
Hendre is the starting point for the carriage driving routes in Dyfnant Forest.
The car park has hitching rails, a quiet area to harness up and put to and ample space for horse boxes.
Find out more about carriage driving in Dyfnant Forest.
There is open access for carriage driving on forest roads in Crychan Forest.
The Cefn Farm Carriage Route can be started from the purpose-built car parks at Cefn Farm or at Brynffo. Brynffo is the recommended access point for carriage driving as there is more room for parking and de-boxing there.
Find out more about carriage driving in Crychan Forest (Brynffo, Esgair Fwyog and Cefn Farm).
Sometimes a public right of way has to be closed or diverted.
Signage on-site should tell you whether a public right of way is open or closed.
Go to Woodlands and You to find out how to get permission to organise a horse riding or carriage driving event in one of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.
Find out more about the concordat between Natural Resources Wales and the British Horse Society.
The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales.
It aims to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.
You can download a copy of the Countryside Code before your walk.