Says Naomi Smith
It is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more
Forestry Commission close Gravetye Manor to riders
It is with regret we inform you the TROT Forestry Commission Route at Gravetye will close with immediate effect.
The Forestry Commission has informed us the trustees of Gravteye feel there could be potential conflict with other residents and tenants on the estate, most notably along the main drive to Gravetye Manor Hotel as well as to Home Farm. It was felt the situation couldnâ€™t be managed satisfactorily to allow horse riding in these areas.
In addition horse riding on the wider estate also caused concerns due to the naturally wet nature of the ground and therefore the potential damage to the ride surfaces. There is a management plan for the estate currently being drawn up and this may contain a programme of ride improvements over the next five to ten years. The aim of this is to create dryer ride conditions and unfortunately and, until this has proved successful, horse riding at Gravetye is not seen as compatible with this work.
We are very sorry to have to let you know this news but horse riding under the TROT scheme can no longer be accommodated at Gravetye and the Forestry Commission has asked us to remove this route from our scheme.
Thank you for your support over the years and if you have any queries on this matter please do not hesitate to contact us.
Contact Helen Norris on 01622 735599
Says Linda Wright
We moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more