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Cranborne Chase

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Cranborne Chase

Cranborne Chase is designated as an area of outstanding beauty; up until 150 years ago it was a private forest with it's own laws. The region is criss crossed by Roman roads, old drove roads and ancient earthworks. Parts of it still seem very remote, and the terrain and the rides are really varied including steep hills of 3-400 ft woodland and open, rolling country with wide views and big skies. There's plenty of fast riding and few gates or roads.

We offer 2, 3 and 4-day rides back-to-start plus a choice of one-centre holidays near Cranborne, Rockbourne and at Sutton Mandeville, which is on the boundary between the Cranborne Chase and Great Ridge networks. The area is good for mountain biking.

Also available as a UK Guided Ride.

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This below is a sample of where you can ride and how many miles the route is, please allow 5-6 hours riding per day with the option of a lunch stop during the ride.

Accommodation is usually a B&B which has double, twin or where available single rooms.

Grazing and /or Stabling is provided for your horse.

 Petal ride ( based around one centre)

Day one

If you only want a short ride on arrival or before you go home, you can do a 7.5 mile circuit out along the Romano-British ramparts of Bokerley Dyke and back via Pentridge Hill and the Iron Age fort on Penbury Knoll.

The regular 14.5 mile petal ride, which is recommended, includes an additional loop along a Roman Road through the woods on Vernditch Chase, which is particularly lovely in late April and May when the bluebells and wild garlic are flowering.  You then follow the Ox Drove, a prehistoric ridgeway with fine views over the Ebble valley to the north, and (on a clear day) the New Forest and Isle of Wight to the south.  

 8 or 15 miles with lunch stop.

Day two

This ride heads south to the wooded country of Boveridge Heath, a total contrast with the more open, chalky country to the north of Cranborne.

You start by skirting the pretty village of Damerham and riding on through the deciduous woods of Telegraph Plantation on the northern rim of Ringwood Forest.  There’s an optional extra loop around the bridleways that criss-cross Pistle Down before you continue on to lunch at the Heavy Horse Centre in Gotham.  In the afternoon, you pass the remains of the original motte and bailey castle and ride on through Cranborne, which has been the “capital” of Cranborne Chase since the 12th century.

15 miles with lunch stop.

Day three

This ride, which contains a number of different options, takes in some of the remoter, more open parts of Cranborne Chase along the Dorset/Hampshire border.  The terrain is fairly gentle with good going and plenty of opportunities to canter – so you can cover the ground fairly quickly.

You start by following old trackways through the pretty hamlet of Pentridge and on across Bokerley Dyke, a spectacular Iron Age earthwork.  You then continue across the rare chalk landscape of Martin Down nature reserve to Martin village.  If you are taking the short 12 mile ride, you turn back here and return via Bokerley Dyke and Penbury Knoll

18 miles packed lunch advised to be taken 

Place to Place Ride

Take the hassle out of lugging your belongs around with you, we offer a luggage ferry service which will collect your belongs and deliver them to your next stop.

Day one

The first half of the ride takes you through the heart of what remains of Cranborne Chase.  You cross the Ox Drove near the half way point, an ancient trackway with fine views of the New Forest to the east and (on a clear day) the Isle of Wight to the south.  In the afternoon, you descend into the Ebble valley before climbing again onto an old coach road with more wonderful views north to Shaftesbury and Salisbury Plain before dropping down into the Nadder valley to end the ride.

14 miles – with lunch stop.

Day two

This ride takes you from the Nadder valley up onto Fovant Down, with wonderful views northwards to Shaftesbury and Salisbury Plain.   You cross the pretty Ebble valley at Broad Chalke and follow one dry chalk valley up to a Roman Road along the edge of Knighton Wood.  You then folliw another dry chalk valley back into the Ebble valley at Bishopstone before ending with an easy ride across the chalk Downs to Tenantry Farm.

18 miles – Packed lunch advised to be taken.

Day three

This ride takes in some of the remoter, more open parts of Cranborne Chase along the Dorset/Hampshire border.  The first part is a big 12 mile loop that crosses the racehorse gallops on Whitsbury Down where the famous steeplechaser, Desert Orchid, was trained and continues past a medieval maze to Breamore House, an Elizabethan mansion, returning back past the driveway to Tenantry Farm.

You then continue on to Tidpit, where you can either follow the recommended route for another 7.75 miles across the rare chalk landscape of Martin Down and along Bokerley Dyke, a spectacular Iron Age earthwork, or you can take an all-road short-cut direct to Boveridge Farm. 

20 miles with lunch stop


We can package the rides to suit your needs, whether you want a mix of petals and place to place, or even a rest day.

Price for UK holidays with your own horse:
2 nights £240 (per person)
Additional nights £110 (per person)
This includes;
Dinner, bed and breakfast.
Marked maps with route descriptions.
Over night grazing for your horse and stabling where available.
Optional extras;
Luggage Ferry £30 per group per day.
Transport: price available on request
Single Supplement;
Accommodation is based on twin or double occupancy.
Single rooms where available carry a £10 per night supplement.
We also offer bespoke holidays in the UK & Worldwide where we provide you with a horse, a guide and transport if required; priced individually

Call us on +44 (0)1256 773564 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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