Horse Riding - Matlock Farm Park

Enjoy riding in the attractive surroundings of Matlock Farm Park, with views over to Riber Castle.

Matlock Farm Park’s Riding School & Trekking Centre is part of Matlock Farm Park. It offers qualified horse riding lessons as well as pony trekking. Scenic farmland, adjoining beautiful forests and a new purpose built arena provides extensive riding facilities where there is no need to ride on the roads. Pre-booking is essential and we advise to book as well in advance as possible.

Half Hour Lesson

Half hour of horse riding in our arena.

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Half hour lessons are only available on weekdays and must be pre-booked. These time slots are for beginners and/or young children. After several half hour lessons, we encourage riders to move on to hour lessons.

Half hour lessons may be the preferred choice for people with certain disabilities, who may continue to proceed with half hour lessons if better suited to the rider.

One Hour Lesson

One hour of horse riding in our arena

One hour Trek

Intermediate and advanced riders only. One hour of trekking in forest and farmland. Trek to begin after initial assessment of rider by instructor.

Book Your Lesson

All horse riding bookings need to be made online.

We appreciate your patience as we get up to speed with our new booking system. If you have any questions regarding horse riding experiences or credit please contact us directly.

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What do you need to do next:

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  3. Fill out all information.
  4. Once your profile is complete and submitted, it will come to our team for approval.
  5. Once your profile is approved, you will receive an email to say that you are now able to book online.

All prices include FREE entry into Matlock Farm Park for the rider for the day (plus one accompanying adult for under 16's).

A viewing area of the riding arena is now available without requiring entry to the farm park.

Booking is essential and full payment is required at the time of booking. Payment via cash or debit/credit card. 48 hours notice is required to cancel a lesson or hack and refunds cannot be given when cancellations occur within this time period.

The advantages of Horse Riding!

Riding is one of Britain’s fastest growing sports.

It is great for fitness and posture, as well as improving confidence and emotional well-being. There's no better feeling than to be at one riding with your horse! It is a great outdoor hobby to have. Taking up riding is a great way to meet new friends with a mutual interest. A lot of our old pupils (now with their own horses) regularly go riding together.

It is a great work ethic for kids and teenagers.

Our horses and ponies

There is a good selection of well-mannered horses and ponies to suit all ages and abilities.

Lessons and treks are led by highly experienced, friendly instructors. Riding is available every weekend and most days during the week and must be pre-booked. Please call us on the number below to reserve your place.

Matlock Farm Park Riding School
Jaggers Lane, Matlock DE4 5LH
Tel: 01246 590200

For booking enquiries please email, remembering to include your phone number, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Other information
  • It is important to wear a boot or a shoe with a small heel. Gloves are a good idea, especially for the younger children with softer hands, as well as a waterproof coat. Hats are provided at first, but we do recommend that you purchase your own hat and jodhpurs if you decide that you are really keen. Leggings are also suitable for riding.
  • The recommended minimum age for riding lessons is 4 years old (our short pony rides at weekends and school holidays start at 3 years old, or 2.5 years when a parent/carer walks alongside the young rider).
  • Specialist lessons for Dressage and Show Jumping available.
  • Lessons and treks are available all year round.
  • On site cafe and toilet facilities (Matlock Farm Park).
  • Free car parking.
  • Riding available for groups with Special Needs (subject to an assessment).