Bilsdale Riding Centre
Bilsdale Riding Centre
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Nature & Wildlife ToursHorseback Riding Tours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Bilsdale Riding Centre have a large number of horses and ponies to suit all standards of riding experience. From the forward going to the bombproof variety giving each rider the opportunity to enjoy both their riding and the surrounding scenery. For the less experienced and novice rider every effort is made to assist with their riding skills, so that they feel at ease. Rider's with more experience will have every opportunity to test their ability. Whatever your riding experience our qualified and friendly staff will find just the right horse for you so you can enjoy an exhilarating ride, or a gentle stroll. We offer half day rides (10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm), full day rides (10am-4pm) where you can buy lunch en route, BBQ rides, pony days and residential holidays for both children and adults. Hourly rides are also available
Hawnby, North Yorkshire, England
Meets animal welfare guidelines

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Jacqui S
Belfast, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Went to Bilsdale with my best pal for an hour and a half hack two days on the trot (see what I did there? 😉) We had amazing experiences both days hacking through stunning countryside on safe, knowledgeable ponies who really know their job. The owner, Sarah, is lovely and has the benefit of a lifetime's experience to assess riders abilities and match them to suitable mounts. The trek leaders are smashing girls who looked after us fantastically on both days. They were very mindful of my situation as a fifty (almost sixty) something rider who has lost a lot of confidence following a fall. But by the end of our second hack I had cantered for the first time in years and came back buzzing with a grin from ear to ear! I would 100/% recommend Bilsdale for people of all ages, regardless of experience, as somewhere to safely enjoy a ride through absolutely stunning countryside. Many thanks from Jacqui and Karen.
Written 24 April 2024
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Jenny Lou
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I booked the 2hr hack for myself and my 12yr old daughter as part of my 40th birthday celebrations whilst staying nearby. My daughter has been having riding lessons for a couple of years and myself for almost a year just as a hobby. The booking process was easy online but also good communication via email. We were welcomed to the yard as soon as we arrived and safety was paramount prior to setting off. Abbie who led the hack for the majority of the time was obviously very skilled and experienced, instilling confidence in the novice rider such as myself. I enjoyed the opportunity to trot outside of an arena. We were blessed with gorgeous weather on the Easter weekend which just made the views even more stunning. I would visit here again, likely making a special journey from home. Thanks to Abbie for the photos and for making my 40th birthday celebration extra special. Highly recommended!
Written 31 March 2024
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KesTravelGirl
Manchester, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Had a fabulous ride on Saturday morning. Was very good to see they checked my personal riding helmet was up to standard, and did a pre-ride online assessment of capability. Also nice to go out with other well-matched experienced riders which made it very pleasant. Abbie was a fabulous, friendly and relaxed trek leader. Would love to go back and ride there again. Definitely recommend Bilsdale. Thanks for a lovely ride - made my weekend away x
Written 20 February 2024
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Rachael
Northamptonshire, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Visited the Bilsdale Riding Centre with my mum today and had an amazing experience!!

My mum a lover of horses and animals like myself but a complete beginner with no previous experience of horse riding. My mum also has a hearing disability and believed she would never be able to achieve one of her bucket list dreams until this lovely horse riding centre.
Run by the most friendly lady who greeted us at our car and took us down to the stables to be given riding hats.
We were briefed by the owner with regards to how to mount and dismount and they took great care of my mum helping and assisting her onto her horse for the day Blaze. After I mounted my horse April we were then paired with the lovely Abbie who took us for our hour ride.
Abbie was very friendly and chatted to us the whole journey putting both me and my mum at ease. I had previous riding experience as a child but had not rode a horse for many years and this was a fine opportunity to get back in the saddle as the experience has left me eager for more and to continue on with riding again. Abbie was very knowledgeable of the horses and riding centre and we had a great chat and I felt the three of us really connected which made the experience all the more enjoyable. At the end the horses received a wash and we were able to treat our furry companions with a delicious carrot treat to thank them for the lovely ride they had both given us. At the end the owner and Abbie presented us with a rosette for competing our first ride with them which me and my mum will treasure and have fond memories of the day for years to come.
I would like to thank you all for your assistance in making my mums dream and mine come true on this magnificent ride and the views that we were able to see were outstanding. From the bottom of our hearts thank you for a truly brilliant day!! Would highly recommend your riding school to all!!
Written 9 September 2023
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Timothy W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Superb yard, friendly staff, great horses and fantastic scenery.

Online booking facility excellent and e-mail communication timely.
Written 7 September 2023
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grace r
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
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Had a fantastic time at Bilsdale Riding School, all thanks to instructor Tamsin!

Tamsin's expertise and patience made the ride a breeze for both me (a complete beginner) and my girlfriend (experienced rider). The scenic trails, Tamsin's stories and challenges on the ride added to the fun!

Safety was top-notch, with Tamsin ensuring we were comfortable and confident. Her friendly and smiley nature made the whole experience even better.

If you're looking for a great riding adventure, Bilsdale Riding School with Tamsin is the place to be. Can't wait to return for another ride! 🐴🌟
Written 29 August 2023
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Nicola
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a fantastic 2 hour hack and were accommodated at very short notice. We were a mix of one with zero recent experience and one with lots of lessons behind them. The staff made us feel welcome in this beautiful setting and we were matched with two steady steeds and a really lovely, knowledgable guide, Tamsin. We rode the surrounding woods and managed a few trots. Felt safe and looked after the whole time.
Written 10 August 2023
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Thanks for your great review. Always lovely to hear such fantastic comments about our TL and that you had a fantastic ride.
Written 27 August 2023
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Elaine M
Wallsend, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I bought this for my partners birthday we had the best experience. Our guide kiara waslovely so friendly and chatty on our trek. The owner met us we were a bit early but that was fine. Theowner talked us through everything in great detail before we got on horses. A great experience with great views would highly recommend !!
Written 19 July 2023
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Happy to hear you had such a great experience and a great birthday gift for your partner. Thanks for the review.
Written 27 August 2023
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Erin B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Went for a lovely 2hr hack in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The booking process was easy and all communication was responded to very quickly so I could book in on short notice. The stables were very clean and all horses looked in great condition. I was in a group of mixed abilities and the girls ensured everyone was ok during the ride. I was happy when one of the girls took a couple of us away from the main ride so we could go for some great canters which was the highlight of the ride. Would recommend to anyone looking to go for a hack in the area.
Written 19 July 2023
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Thank you for such a fabulous review from the booking process to the end of your ride. We really do appreciate it when our guests take time out of their busy lives to write us a review - THANK YOU
Written 27 August 2023
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DevonEater
Goodleigh, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
After a couple of phone calls Bilsdale RC kindly accommodated me for a 2 hour hack. I was given Ace who was great. The young lady who was my escort and I chatted happily as I admired the amazing views and rode over different terrains. The cool woodland in the heat was welcome.
I would definitely recommend this riding centre
Written 20 June 2023
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Thank you for the recommendation. Happy to hear you enjoyed your chosen horse and our fantastic scenery.
Written 27 August 2023
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