Hacking and Trekking
Riding in the Peak District
What better way to explore this lesser known area of the Peak District National Park than from the back of a horse?
The rides, mostly 2 hours in length follow the old pack horse trails to such beauty spots as Three Shires Head, where the 3 county boundaries meet, (Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire). Whilst the longer rides will take you to the old market village of Longnor, or towards the quaint old pub, 'The Quiet Woman' in nearby Earl Sterndale.
Normally starting at 10.30am or 2.00pm, depending on the length, all rides are accompanied by our own very competent / qualified staff who are only too willing to help the client regardless of ability. We have a wide variety (over 30) of mostly home bred horses and ponies, which will suit all ages and standards, from the first timer to the more experienced rider.
The most popular ride is for 2hours which has some road work but is mostly on the old pack horse trails which takes you through the stunning scenery to Three Shires Head.
Separate rides are available for the more competent riders, however some clients prefer to stay with less experienced friends or relatives, this is not a problem as we can split the ride safely at one point so the riders take a different route and go for a good canter whilst the others can watch them from higher up the valley side as they amble up a the slightly shorter track.
We now offer 2.5hour and 3 hour rides for riders only, due to the distance covered these rides are only suitable for clients who are competent at walk, trot and canter.
Individuals, large and small groups are all very welcome. Our minimum age is 8 years (unless they have had previous riding lessons). Our upper weight limit is approx 17 stone. We can also cater for disabled riders but please contact us with individual requirements, subject to our own assessment.
We can provide hats up to current BSI standard which are provided free of charge, all riders must wear a hat correctly secured. Suitable footwear should be worn - ideally with a smooth sole and small heel, ( hiking boots are not suitable). All stirrups are fitted with toe cages which allows for trainers to be worn safely - although we do not recommend them.
We can organise corporate days, group outings and also cater for school groups, clubs and associations such as the Scouts and Guides.
As a BHS approved centre we also meet the criteria for local Educational Authority activities. Liz Andrews holds the internationally recognised British Equestrian Tourism Centre Manager qualification as well as the BHSAI and holds a current 1st Aid Certificate.
All the staff are first aid trained and most have the BET qualification.
The Stables are licensed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
2017 Prices per/person
Full Day £100