Saddle up for tourism

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“Ride the Wolds!”

That’s the call from the Ride Yorkshire Foundation, which is looking to create new facilities for horse tourism across the East Riding.

Ride Yorkshire finds accommodation where riders can stay with their horses, then links them with routes which showcase the best countryside in the region.

Project manager Catherine Fairburn has already identified a 40-mile circular route in the western Wolds.

She said: “It’s been a great experience finding the routes, with miles of grassy valleys and tracks for cantering – amazing! And some great pubs and coffee shops too”.

Visit Hull & East Yorkshire (VHEY), who promote tourism in the area have backed the idea.

Janet Reuben, chief executive of VHEY, comments: “This will be a wonderful new addition to the great range of tourism attractions Hull and East Yorkshire offers. We have worked hard to develop walking and cycling routes to encourage visitors to the Yorkshire Wolds and Ride Yorkshire will provide another great way for visitors to explore this beautiful and unspoilt piece of countryside.”

‘Ride the Wolds’ is funded by the Leader programme, which supports community-based enterprise initiatives in rural parts of the UK.

Leader is financed by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development and Defra and overseen by Yorkshire Forward as part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

The Ride Yorkshire team are looking to map out riding circuits, and are now asking people to recommend suitable treks, as well as accomodation for riders.

Contact Catherine Fairburn on 07917 190414 or email catherine.fairburn@rideyorkshire.org