Mottingham Farm Riding Centre

This riding centre offers riding lessons for all abilities and takes students from the age of 4years. Staff offer an enjoyable riding experience for novice riders, nervous riders, intermediate riders as well as confident, seasoned riders.


I like this riding centre because it’s a chance for your child to go riding and make the most of getting outside in the open air while not having to venture too far out of London.

When we went, we booked a 9am Sunday morning ride for my 6 year old child and her friend and no one else was on the ride so it was like a private lesson for the two of them. For beginners, they have a young helper leading the pony while someone else teaches the children. When the children go off to the fields to ride around, parents stay behind near the stable area so it’s not possible to watch the whole thing – you can see them when they start out and when they return.

Riding hats are available to borrow. Make sure your child has boots with a bit of a heel to avoid their foot slipping through the stirrups.

All the ponies looked well-cared for and well turned out.

As it’s a stable yard it can get wet and muddy so parents would do well to wear wellies too.

In the school holidays they offer ‘pony mornings’ for £30 from 10.30 to 12.30 and ‘picnic rides’ for £50 from 10.30 to 3.30.

A friend recently chose to host her daughter’s 7th birthday treat at the centre. She told me the staff were really friendly and informative and played fun games with all the kids so it was lovely to see them all enjoying themselves. For the ones who were a bit scared about riding ponies, the staff managed it really well and made them feel comfortable. She said she’d definitely recommend it.

Address: Mottingham Farm Riding Centre, Mottingham Lane, London, SE9 4RT.


Playground: None.

Cafe: None.

Toilets: Yes.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: There is access around the office area.

Parking: Small car park beside the outside arena on the site but also free parking on Mottngham Lane, outside of the riding centre

Nearest Station: Mottingham railway station is a short walk.

Bus: There isn’t really a bus that goes close, the 273 is your best bet but it’s a bit of a walk.

Phone: 020 8857 3003.

Email: [email protected].


Mottingham Farm Riding Centre have 44 horses and ponies as well as eight different fields, allowing multiple lessons simultaneously. This means they can accommodate riders of different ages and abilities at the same time. They can host children’s birthday riding parties where you bring your own birthday picnic for the children after they go riding.

On Bank Holidays and during school holidays they have a range of special events on offer, including fancy dress rides and special competitions.

They ride every Tuesday to Thursday as well as Saturday and Sunday. They also ride on Bank Holidays.

Lesson times:
During the week (Tuesday to Thursday) they have half-hour lessons between 10.00am and 4.30pm (with 4.30pm being the last half an hour lesson).

Also one hour lessons in the evening (with the last lesson being at 6.30pm).

At the weekend there are one hour lessons:

On a Saturday starting at 9am, 10:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm and 3:30pm.
On a Sunday starting at 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 2pm and 3:15pm.

There are three sessions each hour for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.

During School Holidays lessons are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the times shown above.


Group Lessons:
half hour lesson – £15
one hour lesson – £25
two hour lesson – £40
three hour lesson – £55

Private Lessons:
half hour – £25
one hour – £45

Review by Catherine Allum.

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