Just what are our rides like, and how easy are we to get to?
Some of our most popular frequently asked questions about rides through Windsor Great Park are answered below!
We have plenty of riding hats to lend to riders but you must wear full-length, comfortable trousers, with walking boots or hunter-style wellies. If you don't have anything like that available, just remember your shoes shouldn't be too flat and flimsy, nor too chunky and bulky; you need to avoid your foot slipping through the stirrup or getting stuck. Your top half just needs to be appropriate for the weather, so we usually recommend a lightweight waterproof jacket with jumpers for insulation, or anything with long shirt sleeves in summer to protect from sunburn, scratches or insect bites!
Our rides are typically two hours long, with the ride leaving the yard and leading into the park which takes approximately 5 mins, so that most of the ride time is within the park itself.
There's lots of walking and trotting, but for the more experienced horse riders there are also some lovely canters through the park.
We sometimes stop at the Fox & Hounds pub at Bishops Gate which is next door to the stables, for coffee, or something a little bit stronger, but we do dismount and hold the horses. Pub stops need to be booked in advance with everyone in the group wanting to stop so it's ideal for larger groups of friends horse riding together. The mulled wine served over Christmas and New Year is especially good!
You can, but it's best not to have your phone or camera out all the time as the horses may take advantage or your lack of concentration and stop to eat! You also need to ensure you have a secure pocket for the camera or phone, as finding items that have been dropped on a horse ride can be very difficult. We recommend you don't bring larger, more expensive cameras just in case!
We're open all year round with horse rides running from Tuesday to Sunday, but we're usually closed on Mondays, except for bank holidays! Through summer we can also offer evening rides on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We ask all new riders to come to Tally Ho Stables at Dell Park Farm, Bishopsgate Rd, Englefield Green TW20 0XT about half an hour before their horse ride. For existing riders, we meet near the Fox & Hounds pub, postcode TW20 0XU . On arrival we ask horse riders to complete a form to confirm the information we were given at the time of booking, meet their horse and their ride leader, then follow up to the meeting point. After the first time, riders are always welcome at the stables but can meet near the Fox & Hounds meeting point if they prefer.
We are very easy to find, not far from junction 3 of the M3, and junction 5 or 6 of the M4. We can help with more specific directions whenever required, and we suggest you keep the mobile number for the stables with you, in case you have any trouble finding us or delays! Keep in mind that throughout Summer, Bank Holidays and school holidays that LEGOLAND will be open, and the roads can become very congested, so do consider slightly longer alternative routes to get to us!
We're a short, 10-15 minutes from central Windsor (taxis run from the station or the castle), and trains regularly come in from London and Slough and 10mins from Egham. Alternatively we are about 10-15 minutes by cab from Ascot station, where trains come in from London, Reading and Guildford, and there are usually cabs right outside Ascot station. We can arrange a taxi to pick riders up from the meeting point after their ride which usually saves a little time and money.
There are buses which stop at the end of Crouch Lane, and it's less than a mile to walk to us from there. Although it's possible to walk from Windsor to the meeting point, we usually suggest that riders get a cab to the stables then walk back down to Windsor after their ride if they would like to.