A new hacking event is open to riders, offering picturesque routes across 110 acres of woodlands and gardens, plus ‘brunch bites’ before setting off, afternoon tea upon return, and prizes for the best turned out combinations.

Taking place at Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on Bank Holiday Monday (28 August),  riders are invited to enjoy the 4-and-a-half-mile route in pairs of threes, following a marked out trail. The route takes riders through the grounds of the hotel around the private estate through 110 acres of woodland and open fields.

The hack is a pleasure ride to take at a “leisurely pace” with opportunities for trotting and cantering. Combinations will be given a time slot to begin their ride, and their will be prizes for the best turned out.

Attendees will also be offered brunch ahead of their hack with dishes curated by Down Hall’s Executive Chef Robert Pearce, served in the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Garden Room Restaurant. Riders are also able to complete the day with an English Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s lounge, while the horses will be able to sample carrots from Down Hall’s Kitchen Garden.

Tickets for the hacking event start from £95 for horse and rider, which includes brunch. Afternoon tea is an additional £40 per adult and £20 per child. Spectators are charged £5 per person.

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Lead image by Elizabeth Ebsworth Photography

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