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Date updated: 2/11/2022
Open riding closes in mid-November and will resume in Spring 2023.

The Forest is a great place to ride and has 284km of paths and 8000 acres for you to explore with your horse.

Find out more about riding in the Forest


You do need a licence to ride in Epping Forest and you can be fined if you ride without one. We have daily, weekly and annual licences that you can apply for below.

Horse riding licence fees
Licence Fee
Annual adult individual or joint licence £62.90
Annual junior individual or joint licence £30.75
Annual riding school licence (per horse) £78.61
Daily licence £5.50
Weekly licence £7.87

How our licences work

  • You can't ride legally until you have your licence disc
  • You have to keep your licence disc on the left side of your bridle whenever you ride; if you don't, you can be fined or prosecuted
  • If you lose your disc, you can contact us and get a replacement for £7
  • Our annual licences run from 1 April until 31 March each year
    • They get cheaper through the year as it gets closer to 31 March
    • You can share an annual licence with other riders if you all ride the same horse
    • Our junior licence rate is for under 16s only

Applying for a licence

To apply complete the relevant application form and then bring it to Chingford Golf Shop, Bury Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QJ. We can give you your licence straight away. The Golf Shop is open from 7am to 4.30pm.

If you need any help with your application, email Epping Forest or call 020 8529 2085.

Daily or weekly horse-riding licence PDF (203KB)
Date submitted: 27/11/19
Annual individual or joint horse-riding licence PDF (212KB)
Date submitted: 27/11/19
Annual School Horse riding permit PDF (3MB)
Date submitted: 13/01/20