On Farm Hacking
All yard members, but especially novice riders, horses or children benefit from the excellent on farm hacking over our 500 acre farm. Some routes remain the same what ever the time of year, whereas other rides differ depending on which fields our cattle are grazing and where our crops are being grown. A few do not even include having to cross the road which divides our farm in two, for example; our hack around the woods which is great during those winter months when the light goes early or our short ride to the river which is great in the summer on hot days.
The local hacking from Cookham is great. On leaving the farm there are a variety of short hacks. Right on our doorstep is a small circular ride across into School Lane and back through the Cookham High Street - if you like window shopping you'll like that one! In just 5 minutes of leaving the farm, there is a series of road work circuits involving plenty of hills - great for fitness training! Where time is no object, in just over ½ hour you can reach the
bottom of Quarry Woods (by the Longridge Scout site in Marlow) and from there the riding can only be described as exhilarating; First a canter on the flat through the bottom of the wood, then a steady but usually excited canter up through a series of pathways which eventually reach the most amazing long wide stretch of bridle path along which, depending on the fitness of your horse, you can walk or almost fly along! On leaving Quarry Woods there's the choice of returning home down through Cookham Dean's main road or indeed exploring more of the areas riding delights. From there it takes less than 5 minutes to reach Cookham Dean Common and from there Pinkneys Green Common and from there Maidenhead Thicket. The best thing about getting from one of these places to another is that the roads interlinking them are quiet. Obviously it should be said that you can reach all of these places individually too.
Due to our close proximity to Windsor, some of our yard members with their own transport have invested in annual passes for Windsor Great Park.