Woolacombe Riding Stables

Riding Out

The Stables has a collecting / lunging arena and a full size 20m x 40m outdoor arena for instructing in flat work and jumping.

There is a choice from first ponies to competition horses, and we try to partner our visitors to a mount that suits their size, experience and ability.

We are open all year round, all our rides are escorted and boots and hats are provided free. We are sorry but children under the age of 4 years and adults over 16 stone in weight are not allowed to ride.


Choice of rides are:

½ Hour Trek - Escort always walks

To include walk and trot for beginners and non-riders, escorts always walk either leading or beside the horses. A lovely family trek across the fields.

1 Hour Ride - Escorts walk and ride

This ride is suitable for beginners and experienced riders. The ride leaves together then splits to enable the more experienced riders, who can already rise to the trot, to canter. We all meet up again and come home together.

Spectacular scenery with a varied ride across open fields, valleys and hills overlooking Woolacombe Beach.

Our highest priority is the safety of all. We assess all riders on our rides especially the beach ride, when some riders may lose their confidence or certain situations arise (riding in a public place) extending to a gallop may not be possible.

However we always try to provide more than 1 escort with 4 or more riders

Instruction and Beach Ride

1 Hour Instruction or ½ Instruction and ½ Ride Out

BHS AI instruction available in the main arena for beginners or experienced riders in flat work or jumping.

1 ½ Ride Out

The 1 ½ countryside ride is for riders with more experience to include walk, trot and canter. Escort always rides. Spectacular scenery and a varied ride across open fields, rising to 400 feet above sea level and overlooking the beaches of Woolacombe and Combesgate.

1 ½ Hour Sand dune Rides

The 1 ½ Sand dune ride is for experienced riders to include walk, trot and canter. Escort always rides. A super ride passing though the village of Woolacombe and running parallel to Woolacombe Beach. This ride takes you through fabulous scenery and undulating sand dunes and bridle ways.


1 ¾ Hour Beach Rides

The 1 ¾ hour beach ride is for the more experienced rider, it includes walk, trot, canter and gallop. Escorts always ride. This is a unique ride passing through the village of Woolacombe and then along the 3 miles of sandy beach. Returning home through the sand dunes. (For children aged over 12 years)

1/2 hour lesson and 1 hour ride

This is a popular choice for those that have done a lot/some riding in the past and want a refresher before enjoying a ride out.

Woolacombe Beach has been voted best beach in the UK 2015 & 2016, 4th in Europe and 14th in the world!


A Day at the Stables

A day at the stables is for children 7 years and above and is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pupils receive instruction and a ride in the morning and after lunch a further 1 hour ride, as well as meeting all the horses and ponies, grooming, tacking up etc. More experienced riders may ride for longer. Rosettes for all, packed lunch and warm clothes needed.


For prices and further information, please contact :


Sunny Mead (right next door to Woolacombe Sands!)
Beach Road
North Devon
EX34 7AE

01271 870260


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Woolacombe Riding Stables