South East England
5th - 18th September
The penultimate leg of the relay is the South East of England which is a large region encompassing London, Kent, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and the Isle of Wight.
Being such a large region means the landscape and terrain varies from the beautiful rolling hills of the Chilterns, Cotswolds, North and South Downs to the culture and nightlife of large cities such as Oxford and London. The coastline is vast too with over 300 miles of it stretching from the Isle of Sheppey in Kent round to the New Forest and Isle of Wight in Hampshire.
The South East of England is home to two stunning national parks – the South Downs and the New Forest which is the largest area of lowland heath in Southern England and benefits from the stunning sight of native ponies and deer roaming free.
There are riding opportunities aplenty in the South East whether it be within the national parks, on the network of bridleways, at some of the big equestrian venues or on a selection of stunning private estates.
Useful local information
South East England official tourist board website Visit South East England | Holidays, Destinations & Tourism Info
Experience Oxfordshire Experience Oxfordshire - The official DMO for Oxford & Oxfordshire
Visit Isle of Wight Visit Isle of Wight - Official Tourism Site
Visit Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns Homepage - Visit Buckinghamshire
South Downs National Park www.southdowns.gov.uk
New Forest National Park www.newforestnpa.gov.uk
Riding in the South East of England
Ashdown Forest Riding on the Forest (ashdownforest.org)
Ashdown Forest Riding Association Ashdown Forest Riding Association (myclubhouse.co.uk)
Horse Riding in Hampshire Horse Riding in Hampshire - Visit-Hampshire.co.uk
Horse riding at Beachy Head Horse Riding - Beachy Head
The South Downs Way South Downs Way - National Trails
Horses4Health organised events
XC Schooling at Mid Surrey Pony Club, Tadworth KT20
Monday 6th September 2021
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Park & Ride at Berkshire College of Agriculture
Saturday 18th September 2021
BCA has created over two miles of off-road grass rides, taking you around the perimeter of the College campus, linking up with the Knowl Hill Bridleway Circuit, providing a further 12 miles on the North Route and 13 miles on the South Route.
To book go to https://www.bca.ac.uk/equine-centre/park-ride/ where code GH4H2021# must be entered in the Voucher Code field at check-out. There is a cost of £10 payable to BCA directly at point of booking but no other charges are applicable. However, fundraising via the Donate button on the homepage of this website would be very much appreciated
Entries will close on Monday 13th September 2021 to allow sufficient time to validate that all entries are bone fida Horses4health registered participants. To avoid disappointment, register today!
Knepp Wildlands Estate Ride, Dial Post, Horsham West Sussex, RH13 8NN
Thursday 16th September 2021 10am
Group ride of a maximum of 30 participants. Free parking.
Riding across wildlands on private routes which are not freely available to the public as well as some Public Bridleways.
8-10 mile ride as one group.
NB: there are free-roaming long horn cattle, deer, stags, Exmoor ponies and Tamworth pigs on the wildlands estate which are likely to be encountered during the ride. No lead reins on this ride due to terrain and wildlife. This will be a trot / canter ride through woodland and fields with very minimal roadwork. Min. Sponsorship £30 per rider.
e-mail to book.
Dragons Green Estate Ride, West Sussex, RH13 with Prosecco refreshments!
Thursday 9th September 2021. Various slots from 10am onwards
8 - 10 mile guided ride in small groups of a maximum of 8 - 10 participants across private land by kind permission of Lady Louise Burrell. Option of a shorter 5 mile route. Free parking.
The ride will be at a pace to suit each group so if you prefer a quiet ride just state this at time of booking and we'll make it happen for you! You'll ride through amazing farm and woodland, where there will be optional jumps (dependent on ground). Plenty of opportunities for long trots, canters & gallops. This is land you would not ordinarily get a chance to ride on and takes in some beautiful countryside. Minimal roadwork (literally a few metres here & there!)
Dress-code: Rat-catcher (cream jods, tweed jackets, shirt & tie).
Minimum sponsorship to be raised by each rider = £35 to be donated in your name via the Donate button on the homepage of this website. That's just 7 people donating £5 each! Email your booking request to quoting your name, preferred group pace (walk / walk & trot / walk, trot & canter ). Please advise if you will require parking & whether 3.5t, 7.5t or trailer. Times will be from 10.00am onwards, with last ride at 4.00pm. Please advise whether you wish to do 5 or 10 mile event.
More events in the South East coming soon!
Local events and rides during the Relay
Please note, the below rides are not organised by Horses4Health and are just a selection of events on in the area.
Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th July 2021 - Royal Windsor Horse Show
More information at www.rwhs.co.uk
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2021 - Windsor Lions sponsored Cross Country Horse Ride, Windsor Great Park
More information and booking at www.windsorlions.co.uk
Sunday 12th September 2021 - Glynde Charity Ride and Dog Walk, Great Farm, Glynde BN8 6TB
More information and booking at www.horse-events.co.uk
Local riding routes
More information on riding routes coming soon.