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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...

  •   Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more

  •   We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more

  •   Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more

  •   Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... 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

  •   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

  •   Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
  •   We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

  •   Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C
  •   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

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