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11 April 2017

Forest of Deer  7th May 2017

 

Once again the Forest of Deer ride will be held within the impressive showground at Aden Country Park.   Reasonably flat ride in beautiful scenery with a mixture of disused railway line, forestry tracks and lanes with lovely long canter tracks. An excellent grading ride.  Hard standing available for larger vehicles. 

 

By kind permission of Aberdeenshire Council and the management of Aden Country Park,

Scottish Woodlands, Mr A Watson of Pitfour Estates.

Camping and corralling at venue.   10% tarmac, 40% forest, 50% tracks.

Landranger 30 - grid ref. 985 478    Postcode AB42 8FQ  or http://goo.gl/maps/PBem4

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE

From Aberdeen and the South, cross Bridge of Don and head North on the A90. Around the Ellon bypass heading for Peterhead. At the Toll of Birness fork left for Mintlaw on the A952.  In Mintlaw take the first exit (left) at the roundabout in the centre of the village (A950).  The venue is 1.5km along this road on the left – look for sign to Aden Country Park.

From the West and North, head for New Pitsligo. Follow the A950 to the south east, the venue is well signposted Aden Country Park just inside the speed limit sign on the outskirts of Mintlaw.

(See also “Rides Location Map” at top of page.)

 

ADEN COUNTRY PARK IS HEAVILY USED BY THE PUBLIC & WE ARE USING MANY OF THE SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED MULTI-USER PATHS AND PRIVATE TRACKS AROUND MINTLAW.

ALL RIDERS & CREWS MUST TAKE CARE AND WALK WHERE NECESSARY.

TIME ALLOWANCES FOR EXCESSIVE LOSS OF TIME ARE AVAILABLE.

 

REMOVE ALL MUCK AT VENUE – THERE IS A MUCK SKIP PROVIDED.

 

DOGS:   SERC RIDERS MAY NOT TAKE DOGS ON ANY PART OF THE COURSE / DOGS ON LEADS AT ALL TIMES AT THE VENUE EXCEPT IN DESIGNATED DOG AGILITY EXERCISE AREA.

 

There will be NO farrier in attendance.

 

ROUTE MARKERS

1.      Letter signs and Red/White tape will be the normal form of marking.

2.      Yellow tape denotes a hazard.

3.      Signs with arrows directing all riders will also be used.

4.      Any rider riding on the grass round Pitfour Estate WILL be eliminated. 

      There will be "keep off grass" signs to highlight this and marshalls in the area.

 

CREWING INSTRUCTIONS

Crewing is allowed on any public road.  Crews must not use any other access road to the Forest of Deer or any road marked private.  There is an outside water tap at the venue on the gable end of the building a little further along the road past the gate to the parking field and the park toilets.

 

Preferred crewing points are:

·           White Cow Wood car park and access road between G and CP1.

·           The Observatory Car Park at H.

 

TOILETS

There are toilet facilities, with hot and cold running water, in the car park a little further inside the park along the road past the gate to the parking field.

 

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

Corralling will be in the fenced showground.  All horses must have an individual corral with working electric unit.  Camping is available onsite next to the corrals or you can arrange to stay at the caravan park at the entrance to Aden Park, which has shower/toilet facilities.  If camping next to your horses, you may like to arrange use & payment of caravan park facilities with the warden.  This can be booked direct to caravan park. 

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/caravanparks/locations/mintlaw.asp or 01771 623460
Sleeping in trailers or lorries is also allowed next to the corrals.

Note:  The gate to Aden Country Park is locked at 10pm and the gate to the caravan park is locked at 11pm.

 

More information on Aden Country Park and the surrounding area

can be found on the following links.

Aberdeenshire Council- Aden Country Park
Aden Country Park info

If you're lucky and the weather is fine and you look out carefully you may spot the White Horse on Mormond Hill  (you'll see it from a different angle from that though) and the area is steeped in history and you will ride on an historic racetrack (don't get too excited its more like a nice forest track nowadays!) but you will ride past the Observatory Tower in Drinnies Wood (good crew point here) where the Admiral used to view his horses in training from. Drinnies Wood and Observatory