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 KD of York on 28/06/2019
Friday Arrive at the riding centre for 2pm in time for your induction. This means that your riding skills will be assessed and your goals discussed. You can plan your weekend! You will then be taken to your hotel to check in. The first day will include one or two hours riding plus or minus some stable management. When you head back to your hotel you can decide whether you want to “eat in” or head out to one of many nearby pubs or local restaurants.
After breakfast, make your way back to the riding centre. Today you will ride for about three hours and have an hour of stable management, it all depends on your individual requirements! As with all the riding here, it can be within a lesson/tuition or hacking out in the superb Nene Valley Park. There is lots of support for nervous or beginner riders (or people returning to riding), but equally there is more demanding riding for those advanced riders who want more excitement! There will also be some time for you to explore the locality.
After breakfast return to the riding centre for two more hours of riding where your riding holiday ends and you will be able to return home for a well-earned rest. The Centre has a covered school but please bring warm and waterproof clothing – You may be riding outside! 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. Shoes should ideally have a small heel and smooth sole.
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 14st /196 lb/89 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. Guests who arrive by public transport will be transferred to and from the hotel each day.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.
European Union nationals do not require a visa for the UK. In addition a visa is not required for stays of up to six months in the United Kingdom for nationals of many countries.
There are no special vacinations required for travel to the UK. Ask your doctor for specific information.
England use 3 pin plugs, 240V, 50Hz. You will need to bring adaptors.
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, but no chaps.
Programmes are 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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For the equestrian traveller who would like to see what is possible on horseback visit www.thelongridersguild.com also a fantastic place to acquire your equestrian travel books is www.horsetravelbooks.com
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