Horse Riding

Horse Riding Route

The former railway line provides a linear route running from Irthlingborough towards Thrapston (approximately six miles) which can be used by horse riders on a permit basis. Please download the Horse Riders’ Permit application form here.

Horse-riding is available on a permit system at a cost of £15 annually which entitles the rider to use the route of the old railway line. 

Stanwick Lakes is a sensitive and special site for its wildlife and particularly for its breeding and over-wintering birds. It is also a mixed-use site which attracts a variety of visitors including many families with young children. With this in mind we have put together a code of conduct for horse-riders. If you follow the code, you will enjoy yourself, protect the wildlife and allow other people to enjoy their activities too.

Stanwick Lakes Horse Riding Code

  • Wear your Stanwick Lakes permit tag at all times.
  • Pass pedestrians and cyclists slowly and take extra care when passing walkers with dogs or children.
  • Within the main Stanwick Lakes site, please keep to a walk at all times.
  • Follow the marked horse routes and keep to the grass to the side of the path where possible.
  • Close all gates behind you.
  • Wear a British Standard Approved riding hat at all times
  • Riders use the routes at their own risk – the Rockingham Forest Trust take no responsibility for injury to riders, horses or any third party involved in an accident with horses.
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead through Stanwick Lakes, although can be let off the lead on the green route once out of the main site (see main Stanwick Lakes map)