Seeing the Yorkshire Dales astride a horse gives a very different perspective, particularly as you can see over the dry stone walls into the fields. Going a little more slowly gives you the opportunity to appreciate the landscape and nature of the Dales.
There are several trekking and riding centres where you can enjoy horse-riding, whether for a half day or much longer. Most of the stables cater for complete novices as well as more experienced riders.
Wensleydale Equestrian can escort you on a ride through beautiful Wensleydale and Raydale with views over peaceful Semerwater and beyond. Set in wonderful Wharfedale, Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre is a family run riding centre offering pony trekking, horse riding lessons and horse riding holidays that take in Malhamdale and Grassington.
Bewerley Riding Centre in Nidderdale has indoor and outdoor riding arenas for both beginners and experienced riders to improve their skills. They also offer dressage and jumping lessons as well as cross country rides and hacks. Stonetrail Riding Centre has direct access on to the fells of Howgill and the Mallerstang Valley, a wonderfully quiet place to ride with barely any road traffic.
The Pennine Bridleway runs from Long Preston to Kirkby Stephen, and is part of the first National Trail to be designed specially for horse riders, cyclists and walkers. There are many also many self-guided routes available to download, or contact Ride Yorkshire.
If you love horses but prefer watching them to riding them, take a trip to Middleham, which has been a training centre for horse-racing for centuries.
Images below by Paul Harris of Stonetrail Riding Centre in the Howgills