8th - 21st August
The East Midlands region is made up of the counties Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. It is a region steeped in art, history, and culture. It is also home to the beautiful and dramatic landscapes of the Peak District National Park which offers an abundance of options for horse riders, ramblers and mountain bikers. You'll find mining villages, spa towns and Elizabethan manors set amongst canals, secret caves, natural springs and woodlands. For sweet treat lovers, the local delicacy of the famous Bakewell tart is on sale everywhere you turn to keep your energy levels up for exploring the great outdoors.
In addition to the numerous outdoor experiences the area has to offer, it also plays host to some large cities with the history and culture of Nottingham (home of Robin Hood) and the cosmopolitan buzz of Leicester which has so much to offer from museums and art galleries to fantastic shopping and dining options.
The East Midlands is also home to England's smallest county, Rutland, which is a perfect location for lovers of an outdoor lifestyle with its multitude of leisure pursuits such as watersports, fishing, cycling and bird watching, mixed in with an array of picture postcard cottages and quaint country pubs.
There are riding opportunities aplenty in the East Midlands with the Peak District's Great Ridge, along with 65 miles of shared off-road trails and a large part of the Pennine Bridleway and Trans Pennine Trail.
Useful local information
English Heritage - Visit East Midlands at www.english-heritage.org.uk
Visit Derbyshire www,visitderbyshire.co.uk
Visit Leicester www,visitleicester.info
Visit Lincolnshire www,visitlincolnshire.com
Visit Nottinghamshire www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk
Visit Northamptonshire www,visitorthamptonshire.co.uk
Discover Rutland www.discover-rutland.co.uk
Chatsworth House www.chatsworth.org
The Great Ridge Hiking along the Peak District’s Great Ridge | VisitEngland
Horse Riding in the Peak District National Park at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk
More information and some fun facts
The Peak District became Britain's first National Park in 1951
Rutland is the only county in the UK not to have a Mcdonalds, Burger King or KFC.
Famous brands Weetabix, Carlsberg and Doc Martens are all made in the Northamptonshire County.
According to English folktales, Robin Hood was an adept archer and swordsman who robbed from the rich and gave generously to the poor. He worked in concomitance with 'Merry Men,' a group of brigands who supported Robin Hood. The large English Oak called the Major Oak was the hideout place of these brigands. Today, the people of Nottingham see the Major Oak as a symbol of the good done by Robin Hood.
The Hollywood hit film 'The Dark Knight Rises' features Wollaton Hall in Nottingham as the Wayne Manor. Though Wollaton Hall had always enjoyed great popularity as a city attraction, it registered a significant boost in the number of annual visitors after it was featured in the film. Similarly, the Gotham village in Nottinghamshire also witnesses a regular influx of Batman fans throughout the year.
Outside of India, Leicester holds the world's biggest celebration of the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali.
Derby is home to the first factory in the world. Derby’s Silk Mill is thought to have been the first factory in the world – and it was the first silk mill in England. Lombe’s Mill, as it was known, was built next to the River Derwent after John Lombe visited Piedmont in 1717 and returned to England with details of the Italian silk-throwing machines and Italian craftsmen.
Thomas Cook, from Melbourne, created the forerunner of modern package holidays when he devised the first paid excursion in 1841. He charged for an 11-mile train journey from Leicester to Loughborough with the co-operation of the Midland Railway. It was such a success that Cook began to pioneer his concept through rail excursions and, today, the Thomas Cook brand still honours his name
The first Boots store was located in Goose Gate, Nottingham. John Boot, an agricultural worker, had opened this herbalist's store to cater to the poor people in the city.
Leicester Market is the biggest outdoor, covered market in the whole of Europe
Horses4Health organised rides and events
Teversal Trails Accompanied Ride, Teversal Trail Visitors Centre, Sutton in Ashfield NG17
Wednesday 18th August 2021 at 11.00
Join an accompanied ride of approximately 8 miles off-road riding along multi-user trails which crosses the Notts/Derbys border. This will be an average paced ride with a couple of steady canters - we regret no lead reins.
Parking is free at the Teversal Visitor Centre. Ride will depart at 11.00am so recommend arrival for 10.30am.
All riders must be registered with Horses for Health and wear their Horses for Health hi-vis on the ride. As per H4H T&Cs all riders must have their own valid personal/public liability insurance. Vehicles are parked at owners risk. Neither the ride lead nor Horses 4 Health carry any liability for damages, injuries or incidents.
To book email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving name, horse details (age, gelding/mare/stallion) and what transport you will be parking (i.e. car & trailer/horsebox - and whether 3.5T / 7.5T).
BOOKINGS WILL CLOSE MONDAY 16TH AUGUST 2021
Bransby Horses for Health Event, Cowdale Lane, Bransby, Lincoln LN1 2PH
Saturday 21st August 2021 from 09.30
Join us on Saturday 21st August for the East Midlands Baton Exchange of The Great Horses for Health Relay. We’re excited to announce the baton exchange will take place between TikTok and YouTube sensation, Georgia Kavulok from Lilpetchannel, and a member of Bransby Horses’ Riding Barn Team from 9.30am.
The event will be followed by the launch of a Wellness Walk and Meet & Greet opportunity with Georgia from Lilpetchannel from 10.30am.
The Wellness Walk invites visitors of all ages to recognise the importance of their mental health and reflect in the beautiful surroundings of the Lincolnshire countryside. Nestled in acres of farmland, visitors will be able to just ‘be’ amongst the sights, sounds and smells of nature.
The walk can be accessed by a minimum £8 donation towards The Great Horses for Health UK Relay, In return, supporters will receive access to the walk along with an exclusive goody bag supplied by The Great Horses for Health Relay team. Register on the day with our Fundraising Team who will be on hand to take your cashless payment.
As well as taking part in the baton exchange, Georgia from Lilpetchannel will be available for socially distanced signings and photographs with visitors between 10.30am-12.30pm. Georgia runs popular TikTok and YouTube channels all about her seven horses and other pets, sharing everything equestrian with over 150,000 combined social media followers.
When asked to participate in the baton exchange, Georgia said, “I’d love to – sign me up!”
On arrival before 10.30am, visitors are encouraged to park in the Overflow Car Park and gather in the Visitor Centre Car Park to watch the baton exchange at a safe distance. The Visitor Centre Car Park will reopen to visitors at 10.30am. Following the morning’s events, visitors can enjoy the play park, browse the Gift Shop or grab a bite to eat in the Café.
A great day out for all the family, Bransby Horses is free entry, has free parking and is dog-friendly. Our four-legged friends look forward to welcoming you! Click here to visit the Bransby Visit Us page for directions and site information.
The itinerary for the day is:
09:30 -10:30 Parade along Cowdale Lane towards Bransby Visitor Centre Car Park for the Baton Exchange
10:30 - 12:30 Meet & Great and photo opportunity with Georgia Kavulok of Lilpetchannel at the Visitor Centre
12:30 - 16:30 Wellness Walk
More events in the East Midlands coming soon!
Local events and rides during the Relay
Please keep checking this page for more information of our own organised rides and routes in the area - coming very soon!
Sunday 15th August 2021 - Endurance GB Collingham CHAPS Pleasure Ride, Orchard Stables, Cottage Lane, Collingham
For more information and booking click here Event: Collingham CHAPS Pleasure Ride (myclubhouse.co.uk)
Sunday 22nd August 2021 - Nottingham Endurance GB Ranskill Summer pleasure Ride, Mill Grove Farm, Ranskill DN22 8NH
For more information and booking click here (6) Ranskill Summer Pleasure Ride | Facebook
Local riding routes
See below for some riding routes in the local area. Click on the images to open up a PDF with more information about the route.
Riding in the Peak District
Horse riders are welcome on the dedicated 65 miles (104km) of off road shared use trails in the Peak District. They are ideal for those who wish to relax and soak up the scenery at any time of year, whilst the bridleway network opens up opportunities for the more adventurous.
The Kinder Loop developed by Peak Horsepower, encircles Kinder Scout and is a 55 mile challenging riding route through the Dark Peak landscape using existing bridleways, the Pennine Bridleway and the Trans-Pennine Trail.
The Monsal Trail provides a firm, level surface from the car park at Bakewell Station south to Coombes Road viaduct and north to Blackwell M ill near Buxton (approximately 8.5 miles)
Check out the Black Harry trails - a series of routes suitable for horse riding in the Longstone Edge area of the Peak District National Park.
Carsington Water ride
Upper Derwent Valley riding