Horse Riding in County Down is a popular past time and the Mourne area is well served with riding clubs, riding schools and equestrian events.

In response to enthusiasm from horse riders to bring their horses and ponies to Mourne Country Park, the company, in association with the British Horse Society, laid out a 6.5 kilometre woodland trail. This trail is designed specifically with horse riders in mind. The directions are signposted and the trail is regularly maintained by the Mourne Country Park Ranger team.

The Mourne Country Park Woodland Ride winds its way across open countryside, through mature beech forest and alongside the banks of the Whitewater River.

Access to the river itself is restricted to a few areas and this must be strictly observed. The Whitewater River is an important spawning ground for Salmon and Sea Trout (both species that are under threat with climate change and fishing methods). It is vital that the work of the Kilkeel Angling Club to support the fish species with their spawning programme and river management work is observed by those who wish to ride into the river.

In order to accommodate the desire of riders to give their horses a paddle we have devised some areas on the map below that are safe for horses to enter. We would ask horse riders to observe the need to protect fish spawning programmes and to enter the river only at the places indicated.

Membership to the Mourne Country Park Woodland Ride is currently restricted - please call to discuss your requirements.


Please call for details

Please see our Code of Conduct for the Mourne Country Park Woodland Ride and a Route Map below.

For details contact Bonnie Horsman on 07730 401331

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