Tips for horse riders
The Trail is a multi-user route designed with equestrians in mind, and provides a great way to explore the countryside – whether that’s just an afternoon hack or a journey across northern England.
Here are a few points to help you enjoy riding your horse on the Trail:
- Ride responsibly. The Trail is a multi-user facility for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families and mobility-impaired users. All these users often have to use the same section of path, so always ride with care, courtesy and consideration. Ensure you have read the Trail Users Code.
- Keep your speed down. On the Trail you will encounter a variety of users. Always warn others when approaching from behind: children and animals are particularly unpredictable. Only canter on segregated sections of the Trail, and always keep a lookout for other Trail users.
- Remember your waterproofs and warm clothing. The Trail climbs right over the Pennines and is consequently liable to rapid changes, in weather even on warm, sunny days.
- Take some spare food and drink. Although the Trail passes through many towns and cities, there are sections with many miles between shops and pubs. Always have a little spare, just in case!
- Beware of glass and other obstructions. Sadly, not everyone using the Trail does so responsibly, and like many urban trails, the TPT can have a particular problem with glass debris. Keep a lookout, especially in urban areas.
- Take a map. The Trail is comprehensively signed, but mistakes do happen; there are maps of the whole Trail available from the TPT office.
- Park your trailer or horse box with care and consideration. Please park where it is safe and you are not causing an obstruction: preferably in one of the Trails dedicated horse-friendly car parks shown on the TPT maps.