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A closer look at Escrick Park’s Rideways

By Helen Pentith  //  Wed 10th December 2014
Escrick Rideways

Escrick Park’s Rideways are popular with local hackers and riding clubs alike. We offer a peaceful and beautiful off-road environment for riders to explore, so it’s little wonder that we have over 100 Rideways members. Whether you want to spend a quiet afternoon of hacking out in the Yorkshire countryside or you’d like to brave some jumps, the Rideways are able to cater for the needs of riders of all abilities. Read on to learn more about the Rideways.


The courses

On your visits to the Rideways, you have the opportunity to follow two different routes: the cross-country route (a 7-mile circular) and the extending hacking route (20 miles). We ask that you follow the green and blue arrows and stick to the marked route to prevent damage to the surrounding countryside.


The courses do feature obstacles, but all of the obstacles and jumps may be avoided completely. Most obstacles are below one metre high, and we have been working to construct junior versions of each obstacle that are around 350mm in height. We also have some water obstacles available for you and your horse to tackle. Other obstacles include roll-tops, logs, banks and hedges. As each obstacle is optional, our courses are open for all and are great places for training novice horses.


Enjoy the peaceful countryside of the Escrick Park Estate. While some areas of the route will allow you to stretch into a gallop, there are some slower sections that take you through picturesque bluebell woodland.


Safety

The Escrick Park Rideways are off-road horse riding courses. You needn’t worry about traffic or tarmac during your time on the course. The extended hacking route features only two road crossings, and these are both small, unclassified roads where you are unlikely to meet any vehicles. We require all riders to take mobile phones with them and wear approved hard hats and body protectors. If riders encounter a problem or find any damaged obstacles we ask that they contact the Estate office, which will also be on hand to help with any emergencies during daylight hours. In addition, we offer up-to-date information regarding conditions and ask that riders check jumps before attempting them. During bad weather, the jumps will be closed off for your safety.


Visiting the Rideways

Riders can purchase an annual subscription to the Rideways courses, granting them unlimited access to the courses throughout the year, with discounts for under-16s and group subscriptions. Download and print the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to us with your payment. Want to visit the Rideways before subscribing? Day tickets cost only £20 per rider.


If you want to treat a friend or family member to a day on the Rideways, Escrick Park is offering gift vouchers from £10 up to £100. A Rideways gift voucher makes the perfect Christmas present for enthusiastic riders who want to try out a safe and secure cross-country course with their horse. Contact the estate office at hp@escrick.com or call 01904 728252 for more details.


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