SALISBURY PLAIN AND THE DROVE
Time One long day or two short days Difficulty rating Easy – if you’re not being shot at What makes it special This is one of the few areas in the UK where trail riding is actually encouraged by the landowner: the Ministry of Defence. The vast area (94,000 acres) is crossed by an ancient road network, which is incredibly easy to get lost in, so get a proper map. Below is a very small example of permitted MOD roads. The Plain is used for live firing, so always obey signs and red flags. Other than that, the byways are easy to handle with huge water crossings that’ll slap massive grins on your face, long empty straights and never ending trails. It feels like freedom. Best part Riding past tank wreckage and deserted villages Watch out for Live firing and military exercises. Never leave the marked routes or stray into red flag areas.