Outdoors

Fenland

Fenland’s rural scenery and good network of bridleways and byways, lends itself to horse riding and in fact in recent years it has had two new bridleways created which is very unusual – one along the river at Guyhirn and one along the old Chatteris to Somersham railway. Details of all bridleways (horses and walkers) and byways (all users including off road motor vehicles) are available from the Rights of Way team. Or go on to the website www.gov.uk/environment/countrysideandrights/enjoying/findrightsofway.htm for an interactive map (also includes footpaths for walkers only). There are several riding stables in Fenland that offer lessons for all ages and, in some cases, hacks out for more experienced riders. All are inspected and licensed by Fenland District Council. A new venture is the Fenland Equestrian Centre, an Olympic Funded Legacy based just outside Wisbech. Set on a 300-acre county farm site, the centre boasts a 60mx30m all-weather floodlit arena, 24mx24m lunging paddock, state of the art stable block with heated wash room/tack room, separate DIY livery block and hay/straw on-site. Lessons are available seven days a week and are catered to suit all ages and abilities. All staff are fully qualified with a structured yet sympathetic approach to ensure both progression and enjoyment for all clients. The centre is also available for event hire for an entire range of events including non-equestrian. Partridge Farm in Whittlesey also offers lessons and hacks and boasts immediate access to some of the area’s best bridleways allowing you to see Fenland close up! Tucked away on the outskirts of March is a unique riding centre – a centre of excellence for Western riding. Sovereign Quarter Horses has been in existence for over 40 years and has established itself as a significant centre for Western riders UK wide and abroad. Sovereign were one of the first licensed riding schools for teaching Western riding and they cater for all levels. Riders can use one of the highly trained school horses or bring their own horse. The lessons are in a purpose built indoor arena and managers David and Sarah share the teaching between them. Sovereign hosts some of the biggest Western Shows in the UK and a number of other open days and training days. They welcome spectators free of charge – well worth going along. There is also a competitively priced café serving hot food. The international-sized arena is also much sought after and has become the home of Wisbech Riding Club where many March and district horse riders will be found enjoying themselves. Visit www.sovereignquarterhorses.com or contact them on 01354 651944 or 07708 523464. Find out about events put on by Wisbech Riding Club – there is something happening most weeks and spectators are welcome www.wisbechridingclub.co.uk

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