2-Hour Guided Novice Rides
We will help you on and off the horse but a reasonable level of fitness is required to ride. There will be a guide at the front and the rear of the ride to assist you if required. We ride around the local lanes and bridleways, so jeans and long sleeves must be worn, to avoid getting scratched. Trainers are not suitable so we suggest wellington boots. When you telephone to book we will require names, heights, weights and ability in order to select a horse to suit you.
Hats and body protectors are provided.
Example Ride – Shopnoller and Tillbury
This 5-mile ride is ideal to familiarise yourself with the horses. There are some very good views of the southern slopes of the Quantocks and you will pass through some lovely countryside.
We start by turning right from the stables and head towards Heathfield. On the way we pass Bagborough House (1), the location of the film ‘Pandemonium’ which tells the story of Yates and Coleridge (who wrote the Rime of the Ancient Mariner whilst living locally).
We pass the cricket ground and turn left at London Cross towards Shopnoller. After approx 2 miles, we turn left at the Stone Age Barton Farm, passing Pitsmouth Cottage on our left and Cothelston Park on our right. This area teems with wildlife: buzzards, red deer, foxes and peregrine falcons are recently spotted.
From Pilgrims Cottage, it is a very hard climb to Tilbury Farm but once we reach the top the views are worth it. We can look back and see the route we have taken in its entirety. Finally we turn left and descend to West Bagborough and the stables.