Meander through the beautiful and varied landscapes of the New Forest on a two-hour group ride in Western saddle, suitable for beginners, led by an experienced guide, and enjoy a night’s accommodation midweek in the Georgian coastal town of Lymington (for two people on a shared room basis, with dinner and breakfast) on the southern edge of the forest the evening before. Make your way to Burley Villa School of Riding, eight miles away, where your trusted steed will be waiting for you. You’ll be given a riding hat to put on and then your instructor will take you through a safety briefing, before giving you a lesson that covers all the basics. You’ll be sitting in a Western saddle, which offers more comfort and security than a traditional saddle, perfect for first-time riders.
Once you are confident and in control of your mount, your guide will take your group of around eight riders across the New Forest’s heathland, leafy glades and peaceful woodlands for the remainder of your session. The ride will be at gentle walk and jog paces only. More experienced riders will not be able to to take faster paces. During your pleasant meander you are likely to see wild New Forest ponies and may see cattle and deer that roam freely in the forest, making this a unique way of enjoying an up close and personal experience of the natural world.
When you return to the stables, you can enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and soft drinks in the school’s Western-themed cabin before heading home again — or head back to The Mayflower for a soak in a roll-top tub if you’ve booked an additional night with us.