English Peaks Ride, England

7 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom £2,995 GBP?Tour costs £2,995 GBP which is approximately $5,506 AUD

In collaboration with some VERY exciting ride partners, we’ve rustled up three unbeatable itineraries that will set your globetrotting hearts aflutter.

We’re pulling back the curtains on a land of craggy mountains, tumbling river-lined valleys, ancient traditions and rich, living culture: England! Yes, believe it or not, all this awaits in England’s beating heart, where the magnificent Peak District towers high above rolling countryside stretching as far as the eye can see.

In collaboration with some VERY exciting ride partners, we’ve rustled up three unbeatable itineraries that will set your globetrotting hearts aflutter. Your aristocratic equestrian fantasies will come to life as you ride up to more than a few of England’s most impressive manor houses, trit-trot along country lanes and fly across the open land in the nation’s oldest National Park.

Our May itinerary includes a full day at the world-renowned Chatsworth Horse Trials, while our two July itineraries feature the Buxton Opera Festival, when the historic town of Buxton overflows with music, opera, books and merriment. Whichever departure you choose, your days and nights will be jam-packed with a smorgasbord of riding and entertainment. Think Great Gatsby-worthy open air concerts, private degustation dinners, and high-flying rides through grand estates, cute-as-a-button villages and windswept heaths. Your every whim will be catered to, and riders of all abilities are welcome.

Your contemporary accommodation makes the very best of the long summer evenings with a hot tub, sunset views and a perfectly-placed dressage arena right outside the cottage doors. Believe us: if you’re looking for a holiday or vacation where you can truly escape the everyday, this is it!

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:A mixture of KWPN (Dutch Warmblood), Selle Francais (French Sport Horse), Welsh and Irish crosses, Connemara and Dales ponies.
  • Pace:The pace is variable, depending on the nature of the terrain. There are plenty of opportunities to trot and canter each day.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 90kg / 198lbs.
  • Type of tack:English style general purpose saddles.
  • Seasons:May & July
  • Group size:A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average between 2 to 6 hours each day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for all riding abilities, from beginner to advanced riders. The group will be split if required, so a change of pace can be enjoyed when the terrain allows. Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Guests will be staying in a private English cottage they’ll get to call their own for the duration of their stay. There are three rooms and 2.5 bathrooms. All bedrooms are tastefully furnished and cosy. Within the cottage is a kitchen/dining area, a sitting room and a lovely outdoor deck with BBQ area and hot tub, which leads right out to the dressage arena.
  • Ride Length:8 days, 7 nights, with 6 riding days.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes all meals (from first day lunch through to last day breakfast), some alcohol (the cellar will be stocked with wine, beer and some spirits – if you run out, you’ll need to pay for your top up), accommodation & riding.

    *On the May 2022 departure, the entry ticket to Chatsworth Horse Trials is included in the ride price.

    *For both July 2022 departures, 1x set of concert tickets at the Buxton Opera Festival is included in the ride price.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include international and domestic flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and transfers to/from the ride.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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May 11 to 18, 2022

Chatsworth Horse Trials

May 18, 20226 spots left
£2,995 GBP ?Tour costs £2,995 GBP which is approximately $5,506 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook

July 6 to 13, 2022

Buxton Opera Festival & Chatsworth Group Ride

July 13, 20224 spots left
£2,995 GBP ?Tour costs £2,995 GBP which is approximately $5,506 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook

July 14 to 21, 2022

Buxton Opera Festival & Chatsworth Open Air Concert

July 21, 20224 spots left
£2,995 GBP ?Tour costs £2,995 GBP which is approximately $5,506 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes all meals (from first day lunch through to last day breakfast), some alcohol (the cellar will be stocked with wine, beer and some spirits – if you run out, you’ll need to pay for your top up), accommodation & riding.

*On the May 2022 departure, the entry ticket to Chatsworth Horse Trials is included in the ride price.

*For both July 2022 departures, 1x set of concert tickets at the Buxton Opera Festival is included in the ride price.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include international and domestic flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and transfers to/from the ride.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments. Click HERE to read our recommendations on which cards are best to use to avoid international transaction fees.

WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN GBP?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    All ride departures:

    Hooray, your week-long adventure in the Peak District begins today! Whether you choose to self-drive or arrange to be collected from the airport or train station, you’ll arrive at The Homestead in time for lunch at 1pm. You’ll have plenty of time to settle into the cottage and get comfortable after your journey and enjoy some wonderful local fare (maybe even a drink!) while your guides Katy and Sarah talk over the riding plans for the week.

    At 3pm you’ll head out to the stables and meet the herd. Once you’ve been paired up with your mount for the week, you’ll saddle up for a warm-up ride in the arena to get acquainted with your horse and the tack, followed by a gentle hack around the property.

    If the weather plays nice this evening, your hosts will join you at the cottage and prepare an al fresco barbeque. The long summer evenings are made for extended sundowners, so stay up as long as you like – you’re on holiday now!

  • Day 2

    All ride departures:

    Blinking away the sleep dust, you’ll emerge to find a gorgeous breakfast hamper waiting on your doorstep filled with everything you need to enjoy a continental breakfast, as well as some fresh farm eggs and delicious local sourdough bread.

    Then at 9:30 you’ll reconvene with Katy and Sarah and head out to the stables for a morning ride across the picture-perfect countryside. Expect river crossings, ample opportunity to jump fallen logs, and an exhilarating canter or two as you get to know your horse.   

    After lunch, you’ll have a few options. If you’re a mad keen equestrian, your hosts will be more than happy to give you a dressage demo, a lesson, or even a display of an equestrian art you may not have had the chance to try – horseback archery, anyone?  If you would prefer some off-the-horse entertainment, there is a delightful hike right out the back door, with a rich seam of history (and copper!) linking the hills to Chatsworth House. Your guides will tell you the stories as you tramp up and over the hills.

    Tonight you’ll have an early dinner featuring a fine selection of local produce before heading off for dessert and sundowners at The Roaches, a local scenic spot with incredible rock formations and sweeping views across the Peak District.

  • Day 3

    All ride departures:

    After enjoying breakfast in the comfort of your cottage, it’s time embark on your first full day’s ride! In the morning, the trail leads to the beautiful and eerie Ilam Hall in the charming Swiss-style village of Ilam. While you’re in town, you’ll stop for a well-earned slice of Bakewell pudding and a cup of tea. Then you’ll ride on past a parade of stately homes and grand buildings, each one with its own fascinating history. There will be the chance to stop at a few of these for refreshments and photos either side of your picnic lunch. Now that you’ve got a good bond with your horse, your guides will lead you on some high-spirited canters on your way back to the Homestead. There will be plenty of time to freshen up before the evening’s activities.

    May 11 & July 6 departures:

    Tonight your group will hit the town, where there are a few fantastic options including your hosts’ favourite local gastro pub, the Jervis Arms. This is a great chance to mix with the locals over a drink or two and get a flavour of Peak District life outside the grand estates! Once you’ve had your fill of social merriment, you can head back to the Homestead, where the hot tub will be ready to soothe any aches and knots after today’s big ride.

    July 14 departure:

    Get your glam on, globetrotters, because you’re headed to Chatsworth House! Widely acclaimed as the finest stately home in Britain, Chatsworth House inspired Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice (Have you seen the modern adaptations? THIS is Mr Darcy’s home!) and is truly the jewel in the Peak District’s crown. Tonight the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are opening their home for an open air summer concert that will have you feeling like you’ve walked right into Downton Abbey or The Great Gatsby. Come prepared for one of the glitziest nights of your life!

  • Day 4

    May 11 departure:

    Today is a BIG day, globetrotters – it’s cross country day at Chatsworth International Horse Trials! A highlight of the international equestrian sporting calendar, this three-day event is hosted at the magnificent Chatsworth House. In case you missed the memo, this stately home is widely acclaimed to be the finest in Britain. It was Jane Austen’s inspiration for Mr Darcy’s home in Pride and Prejudice, and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, whose family has owned it for 16 generations! Here on Chatsworth’s sprawling, perfectly manicured parklands, you’ll watch the finest, fittest horses tackle a world-class cross country course at a thundering gallop. You’ll also have the chance to walk the course with an Olympic event rider (squeal!), who can talk you through the technicalities and ‘rider-frighteners’ of the course.

    There will be plenty of time to enjoy everything on offer alongside the eventing itself – think arena displays, the expansive retail village, the VIP tent where you’ll have a delicious, indulgent lunch, and a proper walk of the course if you so please.

    On the way home you’ll dine in beautiful Bakewell, the ‘capital city’ of the Peak District and birthplace of the infamous, illustrious Bakewell pudding.

    July 6 departure:

    Today you’ll visit Buxton, the highest town in England, to soak up the lively atmosphere of the Buxton Festival. Don’t let the small-town location fool you: this is a world famous festival of all things opera, music and books. Anyone with the faintest interest in the arts will be fascinated by the talent and creativity on display here. The order of the day’s events will depend somewhat on the festival schedule. A concert or opera performance will be on the cards, or you can simply explore the town at your leisure. There will also be the option to have a quick ride through some nearby historic villages before lunch. You’ll dine at a restaurant in Buxton in the evening before returning to your cottage to rest up for tomorrow’s ride.

    July 14 departure:

    Last night’s revelries deserve a good sleep in, and that’s exactly what you’ll get today. Likewise, your horses will sleep off yesterday’s adventures while you and your fellow globetrotters emerge gradually for a day of culturally rich off-the-horse experiences. For those who want to make the most of the morning, your hosts can arrange a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, climbing and even motorcycling.

    After lunch at the cottage, you’ll visit Buxton, the highest town in England, to soak up the lively atmosphere of the Buxton Festival. Don’t let the small-town location fool you: this is a world famous festival of all things opera, music and books. Anyone with the faintest interest in the arts will be fascinated by the talent and creativity on display here. An afternoon concert or opera performance will be on the cards, or you can simply explore the town at your leisure. After dinner at a restaurant, your cosy cottage will be calling.

  • Day 5

    May 11 departure:

    Today the horses will be champing at the bit for a full day’s ride through the south of the Peak District to Tissington Hall, a 17th century Jacobean mansion within Tissington Village. We’ll have lunch in the village, which is completely owned by the Fitzherbert family (Bridget Jones, anyone?) and managed as a thriving estate, with tea rooms, craft shops and an artisan butcher. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy some fudge in the Old Sweet Shop while you’re there!

    If you’re feeling a tad saddle sore, transport back to the cottage can be arranged after lunch. For those who ride on, though, you’re in for a treat! The Tissington Trail takes in some of the most picturesque countryside in the Peak District, and you’ll cover around 20 miles of forests, fields, lakes and limestone crags. Returning to Ecton by around 4pm, you’ll have plenty of time to don your sequins for a special evening.

    Dinner will be cooked at the cottage by a leading local chef who’ll relish the chance to show you the region’s best produce. The silver spoons and fancy china will emerge for a fantastic meal celebrating a spectacular day’s riding.

    July 6 departure:

    Woohoo, it’s Chatsworth Group Ride day! Hosted by the welcoming riders of the Four Shires Bloodhounds, this is an unmissable opportunity to ride with the locals through the glorious country surrounding Chatsworth House, enjoying long canters and incredible views, with all the gates opened and the directions taken care of. The ride will last around three hours, after which you’ll be treated to a picnic lunch at Chatsworth before heading back to the cottage. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please.

    Don your sequins this evening, globetrotters, because a leading local chef is coming to the cottage to host a dinner party featuring the region’s best produce! The silver spoons and fancy china will emerge for a fantastic meal celebrating a spectacular day’s riding.

    July 14 departure:

    This morning you and the horses will stretch your legs on a peaceful trail ride taking in some of the local villages and stretches of the beautiful South Peak Loop – think railway tunnels, quiet country lanes, picturesque dales and ancient woodlands. Afterwards you’ll head to Bakewell, capital of the Peak District, to savour the delights of market day. Prepare to be amazed by the quality and quantity of local livestock, crafts, delicacies and produce on display. If you’re not full from sampling a hundred mouthwatering goodies, you can buy lunch from your chosen stall holder. You’ll also have the pleasure of gathering up a bounty of supplies for dinner at the cottage tonight – perhaps a Bakewell pudding, a locally-made tipple, a choice cut of lamb and some farm fresh veggies?

  • Day 6

    May 11 & July 6 departures:

    Today is a rest day for the horses, and a sleep-in is definitely on the cards. You might want to go easy on the continental breakfast this morning – you’ll need some room for sampling later on!

    The day is yours to spend as you please, and your hosts are at your beck and call when it comes to arranging any activities you’d like to partake in. You could relax and enjoy the cottage and its surrounds, walk the hills and admire the scenery, or take out a bike and explore the many trails winding through the Peak District.

    BUT whatever you do, we HIGHLY recommend visiting a local farmers market! Both Buxton and Bakewell have a market today where you can see some of the local producers, their livestock, and the fantastic foods they are producing. Perhaps you’ll want to gather ingredients to make a special dinner as a group this evening? It’s also a great opportunity to pick up some choice local tipples, with locally made craft beers, gins, rums, vodkas and even fine wine on offer. And be sure to indulge in a Bakewell pudding!

    July 14 departure:

    Today the horses will be champing at the bit for a full day’s ride through the south of the Peak District to Tissington Hall, a 17th century Jacobean mansion within Tissington Village. We’ll have lunch in the village, which is completely owned by the Fitzherbert family (Bridget Jones, anyone?) and managed as a thriving estate, with tea rooms, craft shops and an artisan butcher. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy some fudge in the Old Sweet Shop while you’re there!

    If you’re feeling a tad saddle sore, transport back to the cottage can be arranged after lunch. For those who ride on, though, you’re in for a treat! The Tissington Trail takes in some of the most picturesque countryside in the Peak District, and you’ll cover around 20 miles of forests, fields, lakes and limestone crags. Returning to Ecton by around 4pm, you’ll have plenty of time to don your sequins for a special evening.

    Dinner will be cooked at the cottage by a leading local chef who’ll relish the chance to show you the region’s best produce. The silver spoons and fancy china will emerge for a fantastic meal celebrating a spectacular day’s riding.

  • Day 7

    All ride departures:

    After a leisurely breakfast, you and your fellow globetrotters will choose your own adventure for the final ride of your holiday. Your guides have a few options lined up, each around two or three hours long. Wherever you ride, you’ll no doubt appreciate the chance to say farewell to your steed and enjoy a few last canters alongside babbling rivers, dry stone walls, and the glorious patchwork quilt of fields and forests.

    Your hosts will serve up a traditional afternoon tea at 3pm, and line up another round of sundowners at a local beauty spot at 6pm.  If you wish to dine out, there are plenty of fine dining options in Buxton, and a smattering of hospitable gastro-pubs closer to home. You’re also more than welcome to self-cater at the cottage, then soak away the day’s riding in the hot tub as you watch the stars come out.

  • Day 8

    All ride departures:

    Today you’ll have one last tasty breakfast in the cottage, then pack your bags and say goodbye to your new-found Globetrotting friends. For those who aren’t self-driving, transfers to the airport or train station are available on request.

  • Transfer Information

    Self drive is recommended so you can explore the local area at your leisure when out of the saddle. However, round-trip transfers are available for an additional £60 GBP per person from Manchester Airport or Stoke-On-Trent train station (approximately 45mins away from the Homestead). This is payable in cash direct to your hosts upon arrival.

    If flying into Manchester, please ensure your flight arrives no later than 11.30am on day 1, and departing flights can be booked anytime after 11am on the last morning.

    If catching the train to Stoke-On-Trent station from London Kings Cross, please ensure you arrive no later than 12 noon.

    If driving yourself to the ride, please aim to arrive at The Homestead, Alstonefield, Ashbourne, DE6 2FT no later than 1pm on the first day.

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