Pony Trekking through Cresswell Crags

Pony Trekking through Cresswell Crags

It was my hen weekend last week and my lovely sister had lined up a fantastic time for me. I’d had no idea what was planned, but we spent a day just outside the gorgeous Clumber Park enjoying a relaxing time at a spa hotel. It was so nice having nothing to think about and nowhere to go! I will definitely bring Luke here, the park was beautiful and it looks like there are plenty of fantastic walks in the area.

On the Sunday morning, there was one final surprise. My sister and my mum had arranged to take me pony trekking. I was so happy! Until a couple of years ago I rode regularly and I had a few ponies throughout my teens. I really miss it, particularly when the weather is good. I was so touched that my sister had thought of it, especially as she’s not the biggest horse fan to say the least!

We went with the Coloured Cob Equestrian Centre, based in the village of Cresswell on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

A girl on a coloured cob ready to go pony trekking

Me on the lovely Pandora

A girl on a coloured horse ready to go pony trekking

My sister Gemma on Lily, looking a lot happier than she really felt!

Once again we were lucky with the weather and the sun shone down on us. We had a lovely, ambling hack around the local bridleways. It really is a great way to see the world, although I had forgotten just how many muscles you need to engage in order to ride properly!

A group on coloured horses hack through Cresswell Crags

Me and my sister heading through Cresswell Crags on our steads

I didn’t really know the area and had never heard of Cresswell Crags, however our ride took us right through the limestone gorge dotted with caves. It was one of the the most northerly regions to be visited by our ancient ancestors and is therefore of significant archaeological interest. It also looks like there are many good walks in the area so I’m already planning a return visit.

Have you ever been pony trekking anywhere interesting?  Or do you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground?!



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