In Cambridgeshire, near Peterborough we find the Nene Valley where the quaint old cottages and houses are of the local Barnack stone such as Glatton, Wansford and Alwalton and the unspoilt estate villages of Abbots Ripton and Wennington. Nene Park stretches from Wansford to Peterborough, with 2,000 acres of lakes, woodlands and watermeadows.
The riding centre is located on the border of Nene Valley Park which offers miles of exhilarating riding. The emphasis here is very much on tailoring the break to your needs: a relaxing weekend in nature, gaining riding fitness or skills, confidence building for lapsed riders or beginners.
Your host is a very experienced horseman who will asses quite quickly where he feels improvement can be made and will tailor a programme according to this.
This is an excellent short break escape in the UK.
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Review received from VM of Hunghom, Hongkong on 04/08/2016
Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.
There is a wide range of horses to choose from at the riding centre - from large to small and from demanding and challenging to rides suitable for total beginners. They will almost certainly have a horse suitable for your needs
Riding is flexible and caters for beginners onwards. The riding is tailored to your own needs once you have had your assessment lesson and initial chat with your host on Day 1.
The weight limit for this ride is 13st 7lbs/191 lb/87 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
You will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Peterborough. Directions to the accommodation will be given to you when you arrive at the stables. A buffet-style breakfast is provided at the hotel. Guests may choose to eat lunch and dinner at the restaurant at the hotel or travel to one of the near-by bars and restaurants to eat.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.
We strongly advise you to consult with your General Practitioner before travelling. The best medical advice regarding suitable immunisations and prophylaxis to enable you to travel safely requires knowledge of your medical history and therefore cannot be covered in this advice sheet. Recommendations are also subject to change and it is important to obtain the most up to date information available.
As the weather cannot be guaranteed we suggest that you pack for a variety of weather - but a waterproof is a must!
Otherwise take along your jodphurs/comfortable riding trousers, riding boots, chaps if desired, warm jumpers, t-shirts and a change of clothes for the evenings (casual clothing is sufficient).
Riding hats are mandatory. If you have your own please bring it otherwise, they are provided.
Footwear must be applicable i.e. no fashion shoes, walking/climbing boots. Riding gloves should be taken and worn if necessary.
Shoes should ideally have a small heel and smooth sole. There are a small number of boots available at the riding centre.
Programmes available throughout the year. Please note that the centre is closed on Mondays.
All year round
Weekend stays - Friday to Sunday
Midweek stays - Tuesday to Thursday or Wednesday to Friday.
Please note that the centre is closed on Mondays.
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In July 2007, England is introducing a smoking ban in pubs and other public places, following on from the success of the scheme in Ireland. Be aware that there may be large fines for smoking in banned areas.
England is on GMT and they use imperial weights and measures, so inches, feet, pounds and stones.
The international dialling code is +44.
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