Riding Routes

horse riders fording a river

North Lancashire is a beautiful part of the country. The coast, the valleys and the fells make for variable, interesting and often breathtaking riding country. The area includes the Lune Valley and two designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Silverdale & Arnside area and the Forest of Bowland.

NEW Concessionary Bridleway (2017)

The new Concessionary Bridleway at Lower Broadwood Farm, Wray, is now open! Download the Lower Broadwood map here.

Arnside and Silverdale Area

Free Riding Route maps of permissive routes and rights of way in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are now available to download.

Download detailed Route maps of Storth, Warton Crag and Arnside Knott.

Download booklet with an overview map and information about the area.

You can find out more about the area here:

North Lancs, South Cumbria and around

riders on a bridleway

The  members of NLBS have a wealth of knowledge of riding routes, not only in the immediate North Lancs. area, but also in the bordering areas of South Cumbria and the upper Yorkshire Dales. We have compiled a folder containing a collection of several routes which is available to buy at £3.50

Contact us to request a copy.

Beach Routes

Advice on where you can ride on beaches, mainly around Morecambe Bay.

Download details of beach routes.

Eden Valley Loops

Just north of our main area there are 5 “Eden Valley Loops” which were launched in summer 2010, following years of development by local volunteers and riding groups. The Loops are 135 km of routes designed for horse riders, off road cyclists and walkers based in Cumbria.

The routes are available in a free route guide from the BHS Access Department on 02476 840452 or You can view them online on the BHS site, but the printed guides are much handier.


It is always advisable to check your proposed ride before tackling it with your horse by seeking information from someone who has recent local knowledge of the area e.g. local farmers.

Please take special care in the following locations:

Dunsop Fell in the Forest of Bowland

The land is very boggy even in the summer. NLBS recommends that riders find an alternative route to the bridleways in this area.

Lune Valley

It is not advisable, in the view of NLBS, to use the bridleways which actually cross the River Lune.

Site By Sue Millard 2016