If you own a horse and you are looking for ideas on what to do with your horse on a day out in North Norfolk, then you have a variety of equine-friendly options to choose from. Much of the countryside in this region has an unspoilt feeling to it, and the whole area is criss-crossed with easily accessible bridleways. It offers everything from stunning views over open grassy fields through to views across vast expanses of sandy beaches that stretch for miles. All of these are perfect landscapes for exploring with your horse!
If you plan of travelling any kind of distance with your four-legged companion, then it is always a good idea to have horse box insurance to act as a financial safety net in the event of theft or damage. Once you have arrived in North Norfolk, where you go is completely up to you and you won’t have to worry excessively about your horse box, as the insurance will cover the cost if anything untoward happens to it.
If you want to explore the grounds of Holkham Hall or spot the local seal colonies out from Blakeney Point, then you will need to leave your horse friend at home! But if you can’t bear to be parted from your four-legged friend, then there are lots of horse-friendly places to see as well. The North Norfolk Heritage Coast Path provides the perfect landscape for exploring on horseback and the views along the coastline are breathtaking in places. You can stop with a picnic along the way and don’t forget to take your camera as there are plenty of picture-perfect opportunities you can capture.
Peddars Way by horseback
If you want to see the coastal scenery on four legs, the horse-friendly portion of Peddars Way runs from Holme-next-the-Sea and has designated bridleways and horse tracks for you to follow. The entire path goes from Hunstanton to Cromer and a wide range of landscapes can be admired from horseback here including open farmland, far-reaching sandy beaches, extensive salt marches, low-lying cliffs and unique Brecks that glow from the deep-purple heather that thrives in this part of Norfolk.
Exploring the beach by horseback
If you have organised your horse box insurance, packed your horse and your holiday bags and you are ready to start exploring – make sure you are permitted to visit the beach before you set off to avoid disappointment.
Some of North Norfolk’s best beaches stretch out for miles and run further than the naked eye can see. These beaches provide the ideal terrain for exploring by horseback and none is better than Holkham Beach for discovering a long expanse of sand to go for a gallop. There is also a small woodland at the back of the beach that is also great for horse riding.
As well as your horse, horse box insurance and tack, don’t forget to pack your swimsuit if you visit in the summer, as North Norfolk is home to some splendid swimming opportunities at beaches like Wells-next-the-Sea, Brancaster Staithe and Blakeney.