Darky Dale Forest Stables

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Things To Do Category: Outdoor Activities, Horse Riding and Pony Trekking, and Tours and TrailsThings To Do Tags: 280 and 281

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  • Set in a beautiful location in the forested hills between Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys in Mid Wales,  almost equidistant between Knighton and Craven arms and Ludlow,  the stables are situated in the most idyllic forestry setting allowing customers to enjoy miles of off road riding around the forest with long grass tracks for those who fancy a gallop.

    Gina Collinson and her qualified staff have a wealth of experience in tuition of all aspects of horse riding and related activities. As well as trekking from her back door she is installing a manege which will be floodlit so as to extend tuition hours when required.

    There are a good selection of horses and ponies ranging from 10hh to 17hh so there is something for everyone. All the horses have been trained by Gina and her team to ensure that you have a fabulous riding experience to remember.

    A variety of riding experiences are offered from 30 minute treks to all day pub rides, lessons, childrens’ pony days and horse shares, so everyone’s desires can be catered for at Darky Dale Forest Stables.  All ages and all levels of ability are catered for.

    TREKKING

    Must be booked in advance. We cater for all ages and abilities and also cater for Corporate/Hen/Stag parties and school parties. 10% discount for 10 or more booked and 20% discount for school parties booked within term time only. For parties, special events and large group bookings we require a 50% non-refundable deposit paid 1 month in advance.  Please contact us with your requirements.

     


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  • Prices:

    TREKKING
    Must be booked in advance. We cater for all ages and abilities and also cater for Corporate/Hen/Stag parties and school parties. 10% discount for 10 or more booked and 20% discount for school parties booked within term time only. For parties, special events and large group bookings we require a 50% non-refundable deposit paid 1 month in advance. Please contact us with your requirements.

    Children up to 0 – 17 years
    15 mins Basket saddle rides by request for 0-3 years with 2 guides per child £10
    1/2 hour – lead rein and novice pace only (suitable up to 10 years) £15
    1 hour – mixed ability off/on lead rein (can be split 1/2 lesson & 1/2 trek) £20
    2 hours – experienced riders only £35

    Adults aged 18+ years
    1/2 hour – beginners pace only £20
    1 hour – mixed ability £25
    2 hours – experienced only £45

    BUCKNELL PUB RIDE – MIXED ABILITY AGE 11+ £60
    Lasts approx. 3 hours including pub stop with lunch and first drink included.
    Maximum of 10 riders. Early booking and 50% deposit required

    PICNIC RIDE – MIXED ABILITY – Children/Adults. £50
    Lasts approx 3 hours. Bring your own picnic lunch.

    CLUN PUB RIDE – EXPERIENCED ONLY. 11+ YEARS. £100
    Lasts approx. 7 hours including pub stop with lunch and first drink included.
    Maximum of 10 riders. Early booking and 50% deposit required

    CHILDREN’S PARTIES – 0 to 14 years
    Available weekends and school holidays to be booked a month in advance with a 50% deposit.

    Package 1 includes 30 minute pony ride & rosettes and use of a room for your own food £16.00 per child and special rosette for the Birthday child.

    Package 2 includes 30 minute pony trek and 30 minutes of pony games and use of room for your own food £22.00 per child and special rosette or the Birthday child.

    Opening Times:

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday open 10am-6pm
    Last ride at 4:30 PM. (Last ride between 1st November and 31 March is 3.30 PM)

    Directions:

    We are situated between the towns of Knighton and craven arms approximately 7 from each and closely situated between Clungunford and Bucknell near Bedstone. If approaching from Clungunford turn right immediately before the Bedstone College sign/driveway on you right hand side. If approaching from Bucknell turn left immediately after the Bedstone College sign/driveway. Follow this lane into Bedsone Village and turn left at the Black and White cottages signposted Darky Dale.

    Go down here for about 1/2 mile over a narrow brick bridge and then turn immediately right uphill. ( you will see our riding stables pointer sign) Go along here for about 1 mile and eventually you will see a larger sign for Darky Dale Forest Stables on your right. Take this narrow and steep lane down until you eventually come to the riding stables yard.

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  • Prices:

    TREKKING
    Must be booked in advance. We cater for all ages and abilities and also cater for Corporate/Hen/Stag parties and school parties. 10% discount for 10 or more booked and 20% discount for school parties booked within term time only. For parties, special events and large group bookings we require a 50% non-refundable deposit paid 1 month in advance. Please contact us with your requirements.

    Children up to 0 – 17 years
    15 mins Basket saddle rides by request for 0-3 years with 2 guides per child £10
    1/2 hour – lead rein and novice pace only (suitable up to 10 years) £15
    1 hour – mixed ability off/on lead rein (can be split 1/2 lesson & 1/2 trek) £20
    2 hours – experienced riders only £35

    Adults aged 18+ years
    1/2 hour – beginners pace only £20
    1 hour – mixed ability £25
    2 hours – experienced only £45

    BUCKNELL PUB RIDE – MIXED ABILITY AGE 11+ £60
    Lasts approx. 3 hours including pub stop with lunch and first drink included.
    Maximum of 10 riders. Early booking and 50% deposit required

    PICNIC RIDE – MIXED ABILITY – Children/Adults. £50
    Lasts approx 3 hours. Bring your own picnic lunch.

    CLUN PUB RIDE – EXPERIENCED ONLY. 11+ YEARS. £100
    Lasts approx. 7 hours including pub stop with lunch and first drink included.
    Maximum of 10 riders. Early booking and 50% deposit required

    CHILDREN’S PARTIES – 0 to 14 years
    Available weekends and school holidays to be booked a month in advance with a 50% deposit.

    Package 1 includes 30 minute pony ride & rosettes and use of a room for your own food £16.00 per child and special rosette for the Birthday child.

    Package 2 includes 30 minute pony trek and 30 minutes of pony games and use of room for your own food £22.00 per child and special rosette or the Birthday child.

  • Opening Times:

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday open 10am-6pm
    Last ride at 4:30 PM. (Last ride between 1st November and 31 March is 3.30 PM)

  • Directions:

    We are situated between the towns of Knighton and craven arms approximately 7 from each and closely situated between Clungunford and Bucknell near Bedstone. If approaching from Clungunford turn right immediately before the Bedstone College sign/driveway on you right hand side. If approaching from Bucknell turn left immediately after the Bedstone College sign/driveway. Follow this lane into Bedsone Village and turn left at the Black and White cottages signposted Darky Dale.

    Go down here for about 1/2 mile over a narrow brick bridge and then turn immediately right uphill. ( you will see our riding stables pointer sign) Go along here for about 1 mile and eventually you will see a larger sign for Darky Dale Forest Stables on your right. Take this narrow and steep lane down until you eventually come to the riding stables yard.