England on Horseback


by Zara Colchester and Charlotte Sainsbury-Plaice

Foreward by Jeremy Irons

‘To see England properly, I recommend viewing it from the saddle’ – AF Tschiffely

Traveling through England, and doing it on horseback, is to rediscover both the romance of the countryside and man’s relationship with both his environment and his horse. Zara Colchester and Charlotte Sainsbury-Plaice, owners and founders of the bespoke riding holiday company, Stately Rides, have spent the last year researching (and riding) all over England.

With twelve carefully crafted rides to choose from, ranging from Dorset in the south west to the Yorkshire Moors and Welsh Borders, this specially photographed book will transport you back to a time before cars and motorways, when life was simpler and slower. Escape down tracks that are carefully catalogued in the Domesday Book, or past Thomas Hardy’s cottage. Race along Holkham Beach in Norfolk or meander at leisure through ancient Cotswold villages.

Each ride contains a beautifully hand drawn but comprehensive map detailing the route, showing how long it will take (usually 2-3 days). A glossary for each ride offers practical information for where to stay, eat and visit.

Photography by Charles Sainsbury-Plaice