By Jo Finzi
For a bracing break, here’s a great idea for horse and rider. It’s a refreshing change from trudging around the paddocks or the local well-beaten track.
Horses do like to be beside the seaside, especially on a wide-open beach with the sea spray drifting in on a fresh onshore breeze. Ears prick up, tails switch, and they’re hot to trot.
A frisky steed or a more steady mount can both be found at Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre in Cumbria, which lies in the coastal hamlet of Silecroft, where the Lake District National Park runs down to the Irish Sea.
The ride starts in a quiet village, with the beach only a mile away - and what a beach - wide landscapes of open sands as far as the eye can see.
In spite of the signs warning of currents, tides, quicksand, strong winds and submerged objects, there’s a rare sense of freedom as you drift along, guiding your trusty steed across the sands.
Murthwaite offers a riding experience that’s suitable for novices as well as experienced riders, and it’s certainly something different.
Contact them at Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre, Silecroft, Cumbria, tel: 0044 1229 770876, or visit http://www.murthwaitegreen.co.uk.
Prices start from 17UKP for experienced riders, and for all abilities from 20UKP. The two and a half to three hour picnic beach rides (bring your own picnic) are 35UKP, and half-day beach and fell rides cost 50UKP.