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Carriage driving

Carriage driving is an equestrian sport and leisure activity where a horse, a pair or team of horses, is driven in a harness pulling a two or four-wheeled carriage.

  • Last reviewed: 17th January 2023
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Carriage driving is a friendly and inclusive sport with lots of opportunities to become involved – both for leisure and competitively. 

How the BHS supports carriage driving

The BHS works to defend, extend and promote safe off-road access, as well as safe on-road access for carriage drivers and riders.

Carriage drivers are a vulnerable road user and the BHS works to ensure they have access to safe off-road routes. The BHS work to defend and extend existing access, responding to threats to routes which affect all equestrian users.

Carriage driving routes

Discover new routes to carriage drive, or revisit your favourite places.  

The Lindsey Trail, Lincolnshire Wolds

Established in 2012 with support from the BHS, the Lindsey Trail is a series of routes across the Lincolnshire Wolds covering a 69-mile-long trail accessible for carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists, and walkers. 

Discover the Lindsey Trail

Paralympic Legacy Access Project Routes

In 2013, the BHS launched the Paralympic Legacy Access Project (PLAP), dedicated to identifying and promoting 20 off-road routes across Britain. The 12-mile circular routes were recognised to suit the needs of carriage drivers with physical limitations.

The project was inspired by an anonymous donation to commemorate the achievements of the Paralympics and Para World Carriage Driving Championship in 2012. Launched by BHS President, Martin Clunes, the 20 routes were all tested prior to launch.

A huge thank you to those who volunteered their time, knowledge and input to create the routes of the Paralympic Legacy Access Project.

Download a route

Download a Paralympic Legacy Access Project route and map.

Please note, although every effort has been made to ensure that these routes are in good condition and free from obstruction or other obstacles, from time-to-time problems may occur. If you encounter an issue, follow our advice to report the problem.

PLAP Route 1 – Lincolnshire
PLAP Route 2 – Cotswold Country Drives (Northern & Southern Routes)
PLAP Route 3 – North Norfolk 1
PLAP Route 4 – North Norfolk 2
PLAP Route 5 – High Leicestershire
PLAP Route 6 – King’s Forest Ride, Suffolk
PLAP Route 7 – North Wessex Downs, Hampshire
PLAP Route 8 – Peak District
PLAP Route 9 – Grantham East, South West Lincolnshire
PLAP Route 10 – Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland
PLAP Route 11 – Cotswold Hills, Gloucestershire
PLAP Route 12 – Arden Great Moor, North Yorkshire
PLAP Route 13 – The Ridgeway, Ilsley Downs Ride
PLAP Route 14 – The Ridgeway, Marlborough Downs Ride
PLAP Route 15 – The Blakeney Greenway and Carriage Driving Circuit, Gloucestershire
PLAP Route 16 – The Weald
PLAP Route 17 – Broxa Forest, Yorkshire
PLAP Route 18 – Alwen Forest, North Wales
PLAP Route 19 – Westhay Moor, Somerset
PLAP Route 20 – New Forest, Hampshire

Find out more about carriage driving

The British Horse Society supports carriage driving, and our national Access and Rights of Way Advisory Committee (AROWAC) has a dedicated carriage driving representative, acting as a voice for carriage drivers. If you have any queries regarding access and rights of way for carriage drivers, contact us on