Treks are on a one-to-one basis, ie. only one person riding at a time.
The rider must be able to ride a little – at least trot.
There are various types of trek to choose from depending on riding ability and personal preference:
- Ride up the wooded Wicklow hills of Moylisha with panoramic views out to Mount Leinster, the highest peak of the Blackstairs Mountains, iconic because of the television mast on top. Treks are on wide tracks through real working lumber woods operated by Coillte, the Irish owned forestry company (Coillte is Irish for ‘wood’).
- Trek on small quiet Irish country roads alongside lush farmland pasture for grazing cattle and sheep and, of course, the ubiquitous horse or donkey. Watch rabbits skittering away, buzzards perched on a pole, a fox slinking across a field, a doe and fawn camoflaged in the woods or a brazen stag grazing with sheep, pheasants screeching away in flight (fright!) when you come suddenly upon them – the fauna of the Irish countryside is endless
Wicklow Way Treks are on a one-to-one basis – ie. only one rider and a guide per trek. Your horse for the trek will be our ever dependable quiet Irish cob, Riverside Beauty. Your experienced guide will accompany you on either our Polish warmblood, Bibi, (hopefully she will have a foal in June 2019) or Silver, the new boy, a carriage horse on loan while Bibi is out of action, rescued from the streets of Dublin. Experienced riders may choose which horse they would like to ride.
Beauty and Bibi are our prizewinning carriage driving horses and their wonderful temperament makes them well suited to safe leisurely trekking in the Wicklow Hills. Silver has worked hard on the streets of Dublin but that has not dampened his spirits.
Treks will be tailored to your riding ability and will generally last about an hour. More experienced riders may ride for longer while treks for novice riders can be amended to suit your needs.
Our aim is for you to enjoy a leisurely horse ride surrounded by the wonderful beauty of Wicklow (and Carlow and Wexford).
The welfare of the horses is paramount at all times. We reserve the right to amend, adjourn or cancel any trek, ride, lesson or tour at any time due to weather conditions and/or illness/injury of the horses. Likewise, the safety of the rider is of our utmost concern and every care is taken to ensure an enjoyable and happy ride. However, if it is deemed that the rider is not capable enough to continue, we reserve the right to amend, adjourn or cancel the trek. Please be honest about your riding ability.