West Country Riding in Wiltshire, England

from $380.00

The Cranborne Chase in Wiltshire is an ancient deer forest where King John came to hunt and within which the “Chase Rights” applied from the Saxon period until 1828. A truly unique area in terms of historical landscape with a rich Archaeological heritage.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Family, Guided Tours, History, Short Breaks
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the West Country Riding in Wiltshire, England.

Explore the Stunning Cranborne Chase

Just two hours outside London and an hour and a half from Bristol and Bournemouth you will find the breathtaking Rushmore Estate. Ride through the spectacular Beech avenues, observe the deer in the valleys and absorb the stunning views across the Cranborne Chase. You may even spot a celebrity or two as this is the former home of Guy Richie and Madonna. The estate woodlands contain one of the largest blocks of semi-natural broad-leaved woodlands in the South England, and in the last 10 years has seen a major restoration program and the woods are now recognized as a wildlife site of National importance

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Included in the above price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Wine tasting tour
  • Rides
  • Guides and instruction
  • Transportation to and from train station to lodgings
  • Inspected tours to ensure horse and rider safety
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Not included in the above price:

  • Flights (can be purchased by client or included in all-inclusive total**)
  • Train journey to Wiltshire (can be purchased by client or included in all-inclusive total**)
  • Lunch and Dinner (can be purchased by client or included in all-inclusive total**)
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Single room accommodations
  • Liquors, beers and any alcoholic beverages


*Please note that prices are due to slight fluctuations based upon the USD/GBP exchange rates. Rates based upon two people staying in B&B for two nights.

**All-inclusive total can be provided through World Class Ride which offers flights, transportation, insurance, and any other optional extras to provide all-encompassing pricing, or these extras can be purchased by client individually at their own will.

  1. Day 1 Arrival at Location

    Arrive and settle into your chosen accommodation. Each of the properties that we offer are set in and around the Rushmore Estate.

    This afternoon you will be meeting the horses, all of which have an interesting story behind them. Once comfortable Angie will be taking you for your first ride out through the thick woods away from the hustle and bustle of the day to day work and life. After the ride relax and enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful location – what better way to start your trip!

  2. Day 2 Scenic Ride

    This morning after a good night’s sleep and breakfast you will head back to the stables to be reunited with your faithful steed. Take your camera so that you won’t be disappointed as you will ride through the estate up to the hills of the Cranborne Chase to take in the spectacular views. You will be riding across King John’s hunting ground and over ancient Roman roads, and if you are lucky Angie might take you into the famous ‘circle’. A circle of beech trees that King John planted to mark the crossroads of four Roman roads. You will also view ancient Saxon burial mounds that are situated on the estate. Whilst riding out Angie will give you a history update of the 8,000 acre Estate, followed by a stop off at the local pub, The Museum Inn which was built at the orders of General Pitt Rivers who was part of the estate, and who excavated the Estate’s history.

    There is no doubt that this is a magical sight to see on horse back! As you are the only riders permitted on the estate this really is a truly exclusive trip never to forget. There are no cars allowed in this area and you will hardly meet a soul apart from the wonderful wildlife, peace and tranquility. You will continue on your journey passing by the local village inn where fires roar in the winter and all the food is home made and locally sourced (keep this in mind for dinner tonight – the dessert must be sampled!)

  3. Day 3 Wine Tastings

    The third day, sadly, is your last chance to ride, if you chose the 3 day package. Angie will take you on an early morning ride through the Estate where hopefully you will catch a glimpse of the wild deer in the ancient valleys and see the stunning view once more across the Cranborne Chase.

    Before you go home if you like wine then its on to sample the delights of ’Museum Wines’ which you are able to purchase and take home, or for those that don’t drink it’s morning brunch

B&B, Cabin, or Manor?

The Choice is Yours.

The on site B&B – you can choose to stay in Angie’s beautiful cottage which is on site with the horses. The cottage boasts spectacular views all the way to Bournemouth. This is a great option for travelers coming without a car as she will provide transfers for you from Gillingham or Salisbury train station or Hurn airport. Evening meals are available in the house, for an additional fee.

The on site log cabin. This option is perfect for couples or small groups of friends who want their own privacy. The lodge is made up of a lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room and a private bedroom which can be made up to a twin or double. There is a double sofa bed in the living room. Robes and slippers are provided, plus a welcome pack with milk, bread, biscuits, chocolates etc. The lodge has its own private patio with a BBQ and heater. Meals can be provided for an additional cost.

The 5* B&B – located approximately 15 minutes from the stables this beautiful bed and breakfast is right in the heart of Blandford close to all the local amenities and the village pub. The B&B has been renovated to an incredibly high standard and offers 2 large suites, one double and one twin, each individually decorated with en-suite facilities. There are also two self contained apartments each with a double bed and private living areas. For those staying in one of the suites breakfast is included in the price. For those staying in the apartments continental breakfast ingredients are provided for you to make your own breakfast. The price for the rooms and the apartments are the same and you will be allocated one or the other depending on availability at the time of booking.

The Manor House – this family run manor house designed by Thomas Archer offers 10 bedrooms, a bar and restaurant serving beautiful home cooked food. The Manor is located just a 10 minute drive from the stables.


The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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You will need a closed toed shoe with a slight heel to ride in an English saddle. If you have previous riding experience please bring your paddock/jodhpur boots. If you have never ridden before please contact us so we can advise you on how to dress safely and appropriately for your trip.

Yes, absolutely! This trip is suitable for all levels of riders from the beginner to the lifelong rider. Of course, the trip will be modified based on your needs. Experienced riders will be able to take faster paced trail rides, while beginners can learn new skills in the ring before heading out on a slower paced ride.

Due to the active nature of most of our trips, do please let us know ahead of time if a member of your family has any health restrictions which could prevent them from riding; we can always find other activities for none riding members of your party.

Yes! This trip is ideal for single travelers. Many of our guest travel alone, and most end up making new friends to enjoy the adventure with along the way. If you are interested in a trip as a single traveler, contact us today.

Of course! This trip is ideal for families and children. For those coming with children please note that if you stay on site in either the B&B or the log cabin they are more than welcome to spend as much time as they like at the yard with the horses – grooming, mucking out, tacking up etc. Contact us about our family friendly tours toady.

Yes, this is the ideal trip to take if you want to do more than just ride.

The beautiful landscape of Cranborne Chase surrounding the village is good for both walking and cycling. There are several pay and play golf courses in the area including a very pretty eighteen hole course in Rushmore park. The Rushmore Golf Club is a superb 18 hole championship golf course located near Salisbury on the Wiltshire, Dorset borders, offering an outstanding golf and social product and a unique, unpretentious atmosphere quite different to more traditional Golf Clubs. The course is available to visitors seven days a week, subject to other bookings, and they will always be assured a warm welcome.

For field sports enthusiasts the area offers riding, hunting with the Portman, Todber Manor has 6 well stocked course lakes set in the beautiful Blackmore Vale, and there are several high class shoots nearby from whom a day’s shooting may be hired.

For guests traveling without a car Angie will take you to the traditional village of Shaftesbury where you can explore the famous ‘Gold Hill’, relax in one of the quaint little coffee shops or browse the numerous boutique stores.

Due to the active nature of most of our trips, some of them may provide too difficult for travelers with health restrictions. Some of our tours also have upper weight limits per rider.

Do please let us know ahead of time if a member of your family has any health restrictions or issue which could prevent them from riding; we can always find other activities for none riding members of your party.

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 16/04/2017

Here is a testimonial about my time in Wiltshire! There are some places that easily register as special. In signing up for an Equestrian Escape, I wasn't looking for special, but I found it in Wiltshire. I was so fortunate to stay with Angie and husband in a private room that overlooked the stables. Upon arrival, Angie offered me a hot cup of tea and some time to admire the scenery. The rolling green and yellow fields cascaded downwards from the cottage, surrounded by lush green forest; the forest that we would soon be riding through. I rode Sovereign during my stay- and I was told and soon discovered- that she loves Americans. Sovereign was calm, clever, and very sweet, a very good match for someone who hadn't ridden in about a year and hadn't had lessons in a decade. Angie and Eve toured the groups and gave a detailed history of the woods (which are private, vast, and ancient). We walked through an area touch by the Romans and notably King John, trotted through wood-y paths, and open fields. I went on a total of three rides and each ride had completely different scenery. We even went through a tiny village, thatched roves and all! Angie, her husband, and Eve, were extremely obliging and attentive (and fun!). I was offered tea regularly, a 'first' breakfast (snack) and the full English fair ( toast, pork sausages, bacon, farm fresh eggs, and my favorite tomatoes!). The family brought me to local pubs for the dinner- one had been operating as a pub for 600 years! Most importantly, as a single, foreign, traveler, they adopted me into the lifestyle and the community. I did not just feel like a random traveler in for a visit but rather, I felt drawn in. I felt connected to the place, the people, the experience, and of course the horseback riding. I cannot wait to book my return trip and bringing my mom along. I hope to share the special experience I had with her as well. Cheers!