Ah, I live in Wales (UK) And where I live, there's alot of mountains and stuff, and the lanes leading to them.
We have to travel quite far to get to good trails.
There are 3 that are pretty much the best.
Twmbarlan, Alterine and I gave my favourite place a name XD The Spirit Forest". Cause it's kinda like the one you see in Spirit - Stallion Of The Cimarron, when their pulling that train up that hill.
Twmbarlan is a long trail ride up through alot of lanes, and when you get to the start of the trail, it's pretty rocky and steep.
You have to go zig-zagging up there, and you have to open and close a few gates, because of farm's cattle and stuff.
Then you get to a big woodland (Which was set alight a few year's back, looked like a vocanoe erupted from where I live, which with pretty frightening) I havn't been up there for a while now, but there's a ton of fern tree's and you have to always pick the right trail, which is sometimes hard because we usually always get the wrong one first time, and there's quite a few traps up there. Like, we went for a canter before, and my friend and her horse just dissapeared. They had fallen into a ditch, but luckily they were un-hurt, which was very lucky.
Then once you find your way out of that wood, you have to jump a huge log to get out, because a tree had fallen in the way.
And then you get onto the mountain, then you have to be carefull of the off roaders.
There's a steep part to get up onto the tump, which I really wouldn't like to try, and a girl and her horse tried before and both fell and tumbled down the mountain, ended up having the horse put down.
But it's a great ride, as long as you know the place.
Then there's the alterine.
Pretty much the shortest to get to, but it's a pretty awesome ride.
You get onto the trail, and then it splits off into another 4, and then splits into another few trails and it's like a winding road. It's fun galloping, especially if you just let your horse go and choose it's own way (We did walk ALL trails before and quite regulary before even contemplating galloping). You have to duck alot of branches and dodge a few things, and there's alot of downhill and uphill, and huge puddles and ditches to jump. And there's literally a very steep bank on the right hand side of you going up, and a big drop, which would be pretty scary, you'd hit alot of tree's and rocks on your way down, and end up in the river.
Then you go off into the farmers field once you get to the end, which is pretty awesome, apart from the one time when there was a scarecrow and my friends horse did a dirty stop and she went flying overhead.
But then you go through another 4 or 5 fields, into a little cross country wood, which is pretty awesome, but scary, as it was all overgrown at the time we went through, and alot of big ditches and streams.
And it's a fun day out, and then once your out of all the obstacles, it's a beautiful ride through all the ponds and stuff, I just love it, all the wild rabbits and everything about, mysterious looking places.
Then there's the Spirit forest, pretty much my favourite one.
There's alot of roadwork through the lanes, and going through the estates with all the angry chavs
But once you get to the entrance of that trail, it's pretty awesome, there are 6 trails, each different. One's windy, one's zig zaggy, one you can only gallop up, one cross country one, and the others you can do whatever on and have a bit of everything.
Once you get up to the top, there's a really long dirt track, that basically leads to nowhere, but is fine to gallop along.
But, along that road, there are ALOT of turning off points.
Some lead to dead ends, some had traps, some had just small fields and there is one that I always used to go in.
We built a little cross country course in there, and used to do a few laps of that, and then sit and have our lunch, let the horses drink from the stream and so on.
Me and a friend had found a steep hill in the bushes and decided to walk it with the horses, we got down to the bottom, and there was a trail leading around, we were basically on the side of a mountain. When you looked to your left, there was just a huge drop, down into a stoney fast flowing river, and there was a stream running into it from a ledge, like a mini-waterfull.
Stunning place, and when we walked it a few times, to get to know it, we'd canter or gallop it, which was thrilling! We loved it, hehe.
And then there were alot of different exits, one where you have to go through a field of half dead tree's which were pretty creepy, but cool looking. And there were like... Pentagrams and stuff made with log's in there.