There are many places to ride (both on horseback and on a bike) in Wrexham County Borough Council; we have an extensive network of ‘Green lanes’ in the Ceiriog Valley which take in two riding routes: -
The Ceiriog Trail, a 14 mile circular trail designed for horse riders but equally suitable for mountain bikers and walkers and a 23 mile trail, with shorter options, for competent horse riders. In addition, Wrexham County Borough Council allows permissive access at Minera Lead Mines, Bonc-yr-Hafod and Moss Valley Country Parks.
There is also a mixed off / on road route in Penycae, called the Newtown Mountain Forest Trail, and although primarily aimed at horse riders, mountain bikers and ramblers can of course use this route.
For riders who prefer quieter on-road routes, 3 ‘Wrexham Riding Routes’, have been developed in partnership between the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) (external link) and Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) and have been funded through Rural Development Plan for Wales. The routes were designed with the help of the North East Wales Bridleways (NEWB).
Each route is well signposted; the distinctive signs show a rider wearing a high visibility jacket on a horse. Also on each route there is an interpretation board with more information. These have been positioned, along with a hitching post, at points deemed safe and convenient for stopping with your horse.
Public car parks are marked on the maps, if you require parking for a non standard vehicle i.e. horse trailer it is highly recommended that you contact the relevant authorities to ascertain the car parks suitability for your vehicle.
Finally, there is EMAGIN®, the Equine Mapping and Geographical Information Network. The One Stop Shop for Everything Equestrian!
EMAGIN displays the National Bridleroute Network for Britain and Ireland which benefits not only equestrians but also walkers and cyclists as they are able to use the majority of these routes. To find safe off-road riding or carriage driving routes on Ordnance Survey maps, aerial photographs or street view and print these for free, click www.emagin.org.
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