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.

Half Hour Lesson

A half hour session riding our horses.

One Hour Lesson or Trek

A one hour session riding our horses.

Two Hour Session (Treks only)

A two hour session riding our horses.

Pre-School Offer

A pony riding experience for pre-schoolers in our arena £15 (weekdays, term time only). Three year olds may be able to ride, following an assessment by our instructors.

bar Special offer: 4 x lessons for £100 (when paid in advance)

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. Payment cash or credit card. Booking essential, if you are not block booking lessons you will be asked for a 30% deposit. 24 hour cancellation required.

Please note: Horse-riding is a risk sport and there is a chance of riders falling off, being bitten or kicked by horses.

We recommend that riders take out their own insurance.

For a list of our Dos and Don'ts, please see our Other Information section below

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.

Ridgeway Riding School
Jaggers Lane, Matlock DE4 5LH
Tel: 01246 590200 – 24 hour answer phone
Please leave a message and your call will be returned

Own a pony day

Throughout the year we offer the experience of owning a pony. Your day will include grooming, tacking up, cleaning tack, general pony care, practical horse experience and theory. Please keep an eye on our What's On page, our Facebook page or give us a ring for available dates.

The recommended minimum age is six years and upwards as this is a full day experience. The price includes the entry to the farm park for the rider (plus one accompanying adult with under 16's).

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 and treks is 4 years old (our short pony rides 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.
  • 'Own a pony days' – Keeping your own horse is hard work and very demanding. Here is a chance to experience it before you take the plunge! (Due to popularity, priority for booking is given to our regular riders).
  • Riding available for groups with Special Needs (subject to an assessment).