Quantock Hills - A Rider's Paradise
The Quantock Hills, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are a truly unique and special place, and the perfect riding country to invigorate and refresh both you and your horse. With a choice of peaceful forest tracks offering excellent going, wide open spaces for exhilarating gallops, meandering trails alongside sparkling rivers and streams, wooded valleys for strengthening hill work, and rolling pastureland for relaxing hacking the area is, quite simply, a rider's paradise.
The Quantock Hills form a gently curving narrow ridge that runs north-west from the Vale of Taunton Deane to the Bristol Channel and the edge of Exmoor.
Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in order to protect one of the country's finest landscapes, the Quantocks are famous for
their stunning views that are reputed to stretch over nine counties and include wonderful vistas of the Mendips, Dartmoor and the Brecon Beacons. Horse riders adore the Quantocks and come to the area for peace and quiet, as well as the unspoilt countryside and panoramic views. There is a fabulous diversity of riding landscapes, including forest plantation, ancient oak woodland, beautiful combes with streams and heathland (moor).
As well as providing a haven for wildlife such as buzzards and red deer, the Hills are rich in flora and fauna, have many nationally important Scheduled Ancient Monuments, including Iron Age hill forts and Bronze Age burial mounds, and have provided inspiration for important poets and artists, such as Coleridge and Gilpin.
Three trail options are suggested of lengths to suit all.
A guide pack is available for Quantock Hills and also Exmoor