27 April 2015
Mar Lodge 6 & 7 June 2015
Miles of fabulous off-road riding on Mar Lodge and neighbouring estates for riders and horses seeking to enjoy the wilderness experience. Due to the remoteness of the Estate, all riders and groups should be fully self-sufficient.
Mar Lodge boundaries are classic Highland landscape features: remnants
of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, heather moorland, juniper scrub
and the Cairngorm plateau which includes four of the five highest
mountains in the UK. The estate is recognised as one of the most
important nature conservation landscapes in the British Isles. More
information and Directions on: http://www.horseswelcome.org/mar-lodge-estate.html
Update April 2015
We are planning to offer
two short routes of 20 - 25km per day. Fantastic hill and moorland
riding, landrover tracks, steep hills, boggy ground, crossing fords
and wooden bridges. Some of the best riding in Scotland. A real
Accommodation for 12 in very comfortable bunkhouse.
Catering will be co-ordinated nearer the time with everyone bringing a contribution to the communal meal as well as their own snacks etc.
Open to SERC members only. 12 riders only plus 4 guides with waiting list.
Following last year's successful ride, this year's ride will follow a similar format. With the recent rule change, the same base location can be used for the whole weekend, and to that end the bunk house has been booked for both the Friday and Saturday nights. Camping is also available if preferred at a modest price.
There will also be the opportunity to do a short ride on the Friday and/or 1-day rides on Saturday or Sunday - but these will not count towards accumulative mileage.
None of the routes will be marked, so riders will go out in groups with a designated leader and, for the sake of everybody's enjoyment and safety, are asked to respect their group leader's instructions.
We hope the ride will be a good introduction to those of you that do not have experience of riding in the hills on mixed terrain, however riders must be competent and capable of looking after themselves and be able to control their horses in all situations as once into the hills there will be limited assistance available other than from within your group. Riders should ensure they have adequate warm and waterproof clothing, and check that their first aid kit is in good shape and the space blanket hasnít rotted with old age. Riders are also advised to carry a spare boot such as Easyboot or Glove.
We will be riding in groups with a group leader and you will be required to stay with the group at all times. The views are stunning for most of the route and given a good day it should be a memorable and testing ride. The routes are not fast and there will be no minimum or maximum speed, you just stay with the group and the pace will be set by the group leader.
No crew will be allowed on the route at any time.
There will be corralling and camping on site, but no stabling on site at Mar Lodge. You will be required to provide your own corralling gear and we ask that you ensure that it is fully operational prior to the ride. The bunkhouse style accommodation on site at Mar is self-catering and sleeps up to 12 in bunks or single beds plus 3 on Z beds. There is a kitchen, toilets, showers and meeting room with will be available for all riders and crew. Please contact Clive to book the bunkhouse.
2014 prices for indication only
Corralling £10 per horse per day, bring own working electric fence
Camping £5 per person per night
Bunkhouse £18 per person per night, bedding included, bring your own towel
Accommodation, corralling and camping to be paid direct to Clive on the day.
If you have any questions please email Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Ride rules apply.
The routes will not be marked on the ground.
Map only, no talkround.
No crewing on the course.
go in groups with knowledgeable rider/leader.
There will be a maximum number of entries taken, so get your entry in early.