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D of E on Horseback

October 10, 2012
October 10, 2012 - D of E on Horseback

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a fabulous scheme providing young people with the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. It is widely renowned by employers and universities alike as it’s balanced programme develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.

The  Youngsters achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award by completing a personal programme of activities in sections, including: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

Two of our children have successfully completed awards, so it was wonderful to be able to give a little something back by hosting a group who were doing their Silver expedition on horseback, which is quite unusual. The group had originally booked to come earlier in the summer, but the trip was postponed due to guess what? Yes, you guessed right, torrential rain!

Fun and frolics in the paddock

You can see by the smiles on the girl's faces that they were having an amazing adventure and masses of fun on their trek across the Derbyshire countryside.

Doing their expedition on horseback added many challenges, including greater organisation; not only did the girls have to think about thier own needs, accommodation and food, but also the needs and additional equipment for their four legged friends. They also had to think about contact details for local vets and farriers in case one of the ponies lost a shoe or became lame.

The ponies were not at all worried by our new wind turbine and were able to chill out in the paddock overnight, whilst the girls pitched their tents close by. For one of the girls the highlight of their sleepover at Hoe Grange was the use of a real flushing toilet rather than the usual portaloo!

Setting off from Hoe Grange

Setting off up the hill for a second days long trek are, Annie with Nook, Emily with Matty, Lara with Misty and Ellie with Star. Fortunately the sun shone and the expedition went according to plan with another overnight stop at Arbor Low.

Thanks to assessors Steve and Kathryn Bull of Bull Precision Expeditions for liaising with us and we wish the girls good luck for completing their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards.

If you'd like to bring your horse on holiday, then take a look at our range of accommodation available.


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Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  •   What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

  •   Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more

  •   On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

  •   We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more

  •   We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    David H
  •   We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
  •   We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more

  •   We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more

  •   For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more

  •   What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more


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