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Activities & Places To Visit

Horse Holidays for owner rider or just a mid week break

West Wood
If you are a frustrated horse owner and find it difficult to ride in an enjoyable quiet environment then come to Wheelbarrow Town.  Many people offer horse riding experiences at establishments staffed with qualified people for self improvement and escorted riding adventures but can be rather mundane and repetitive.

We do not offer escorted tours but we do offer the chance for the owner rider to experience at their own pace, riding in great riding rural country with the chance that you may see the odd person and occasional car or even a tractor.  The many routes that come under the Forestry Commission rural ride areas are immediately adjacent and are available via an occasional licence or full membership of TROT riding scheme which covers the following woodland:-

Other woodland areas are:

  • Covert Wood
  • Atchester Wood
  • Covet Wood
  • Madams Wood & numerous others

You must not forget the actual roads and tracks around the Minnis Common land in Stelling Minnis which is gentle and interesting riding with all the hidden houses, Windmill and other features along with truly rural roads where a local map is essential.

Park WoodElham Park WoodOur stables

We would normally have 2/3 stables available according to the time of the year and guests would be responsible for all care, feeding and mucking out and we would provide wood shavings on existing rubber matting. If feed is required advanced notice must be given and a charge of 20% on cost price would be levied.

Kindly note that where permits have to be obtained for permission to ride in Forestry Commission land this will be a chargeable cost.

Walking and hiking holidays

Time for walkies!

One of the joys in living in the rural retreat area of Stelling Minnis is the quietness and the lack of heavy continuous traffic. With a choice of walking or hiking it is best to have an achievable target at the end such as a good English pub for a bite to eat and a pint or so. We have no fewer than 5 to 6 of these so called targets which will make the walk more interesting. The following makes the planning a minor or major task according to miles to be walked.

  • Rose and Crown- Stelling Minnis (1 mile)
  • The Hop Pocket – Bossingham (2 miles)
  • The Granville – Lower Hardes (4 miles)
  • The Duck Inn – Lower Petham (4 miles)
  • The Tiger – Stowting (5 miles)
  • The Timber Batts – Bodsham (6 miles)

Rural walking can easily be enjoyed on readymade and tended tracks which make the exercise more enjoyable. The following are areas that should be explored:-

  • West Wood
  • Elham Park Wood
  • Park Wood
  • Covert Wood
  • Atchester Wood
  • Covet Wood
  • Madams Wood & numerous others
  • Disused Elham Valley Railway track (Elham Valley Way)

You must not forget the actual Minnis Common land in Stelling Minnis which is gentle and interesting walking with all the hidden houses, Windmill and other features along with truly rural roads where a local map is essential. Detailed rural maps are available (£3.00 for 5 walks) which have been produced by the local historical society and show many interesting features not listed on a standard Ordnance Survey map.

Places to visit

If you are looking for interesting places to explore we would suggest the following:-


Canterbury – This is the best city for all your shopping needs with all the benefits of the Cathedral, City Wall, many different restaurants, Marlowe theatre, Street markets, County Cricket ground, Main line Railway station and numerous visitor attractions.

Hythe – Small, old fashioned shopping with the benefits of the longest High Street in Kent.  Very interesting town on the coast with wonderful seawall walking.

Folkestone – Larger Town and Port and a new shopping centre and a great selection of shops.

Local attractions

Golf – we’re only 35 minutes from Royal St George’s at Sandwich.
Various golf courses are within easy reach including Etchinghill Golf Club, Canterbury Golf Club, Ashford Golf Club, Boughton Golf Club, Hythe Golf Club & Lydd Golf Club.

Dungeness & Romney Marsh
Enjoy the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Narrow Gauge Steam Railway through from Hythe to Dungeness and back.  Dungeness National Nature Reserve, RSPB Centre, The Old Lighthouse, Derek Jarman’s famous garden, Dungeness war time sound mirrors, the Golden Sandy beaches of Greatstone, Littlestone, St Mary’s Bay, Dymchurch, Hythe and horse racing at Folkestone Racecourse.

Around the Canterbury area
Howlett’s & Port Lympne wild animal parks, Dover Castle is a great treat, Leeds Castle and further afield for a day out is Hever Castle probably the best.  The seaside resorts of Ramsgate, Sandwich, Margate, Herne Bay, Rye and Whitstable have their own individual charm.  Many Norman and Medieval churches in nearly every village to explore.  Hawkinge wartime aircraft recovery museum.

Don’t forget to bring your passport for a ferry trip from Dover to Calais or Boulogne.  Alternatively Eurostar Paris bound trains run from Ashford International Station which is only 25 minutes away.

Canterbury MarketsCanterbury Cathedral


London at NightThe London Eye


Fishing boats pulled on the beach at Hythe, Kent, UKBroadstairs Beach

The sea side

Dover CastleHever Castle

Dover and Hever Castles

White Cliffs of DoverFerry Dover Port


Arc de TriompheEiffel Tower

Paris – Eurostar