Rides
Just seconds away from the main stable yard you can find some of the most breath-taking countryside to share with your horse. From short a'round the block' walks to hours worth of exploration. There is something to suit your every mood.

Below are just a few of the many rides you can enjoy.

Ride 1 (60 minutes approx)

Cross the road to bridleway 7, the entrance is in the lay-by and ride along the concrete path towards the rear of the HSBC training centre. Go left at the end of the concrete path onto the track, which is about 500m in length. There is a graveyard to your right where Sir David Yule is buried. His house which can be seen from the bridleway is known as Hanstead House and is now owned by the HSBC. He died in 1928 and was one of the wealthiest men in Europe, making his money in India from jute. Lady Yule and her daughter Gladys were renowned Arab horse breeders and Hanstead Stud was only in operation for 35 years, but it has had a remarkable worldwide influence, and it should not be forgotten. Here you can have a safe canter, but slow down as you approach Drop Lane watch out for the ruts in the path. Cross the road and cross the River Ver, follow the path through Willow Island . (Herts. CC have just reinstated the path) and then cross the River Colne. Follow the path around to a T-junction and go right or you can now go across the field as the old definitive path has now been reopened. Follow this path for about 1500m (possible canters) Little Munden Farm can be seen to your right in the distance, until you come to a cottage on the right, with a gate to its right. Go through this gate and through the River. You will see Munden House to your left. Follow this path through 2 gates, (watch out for concealed cattle grid at the second gate, as a horse has come to grief there) until you get to Old School Lane. Cross directly over or you can go left here to the "Old Fox" for refreshments. If you cross directly over, follow the bridle path through the woods until you come to Bucknalls Lane when you turn right down by some large houses and back into the woods again. It is possible to have some canters along here. This path takes you to Station Road, where you turn right. Go under the railway bridge and pass the "Fox & Hounds" to the "Gate" where you turn right. You are then heading back to Smug Oak Stables, which is on your left.

Ride 2 (40 minutes approx)

Cross the road to bridleway 7, the entrance is in the lay-by and ride along the concrete path towards the rear of the HSBC training centre. Go left at the end of he concrete path onto the track, which is about 500m in length. Here you can have a safe canter, but slow down as you approach Drop Lane . Watch out for the ruts in the path. Cross the road and cross the River Ver, follow the path through Willow Island . (Herts. CC have just reinstated the path) and then cross the River Colne. Follow the path around to a T-junction and go left. Follow this path for about 1000m (possible canters) until you come to a house & buildings on your left known as Netherwylde Farm. Recently the path has been moved away from the house, but keep going forward along this path and you will come across cottages on your left and right. Continue over the bridge and up towards Radlett Road A5183. Go left here and continue along the road for about 1000m. When you pass the entrance to Old Parkbury Estate take the lane on your left. This lane will bring you out by Moor Mill Restaurant. Go left here up along Smug Oak Lane on the bridlepath to the stables. This section of Smug Oak Lane used to be called Vinegar Hill, because it is very sharp. (be careful).

Ride 3 (40 minutes approx)

Cross the road to bridle-way 7, the entrance is in the lay-by and ride along the concrete path towards the rear of the HSBC training centre. Go left at the end of the concrete path onto the track,which is about 500m in length. Here you can have a safe canter, but slow down as you approach Drop Lane . Watch out for the ruts in the path. Cross the road and cross the River Ver, follow the path through Willow Island.(Herts. CC have just reinstated the path) and then cross the River Colne. Follow the path around to a T-junction and go left. Follow this path for about 1000m (possible canters) until you come to a house & buildings on your left known as Netherwylde Farm. Recently the path has been moved away from the house, but keep going forward along this path and you will come across cottages on you left and right and continue over the bridge and up towards Radlett Road A5183. Go left here and continue along the road for about 1000m. When you pass the entrance to Old Parkbury Estate take the lane on your left. This lane will bring you out by Moor Mill Resturant. Go left here and left again immediately after the bridge onto Riverside Way. Riverside Way runs parallel with the River Ver for about 1500m. (I have seen Kingfishers along here, look for them skimming the water at speed). It is possible to canter along here, but watch out for pedestrians and uncontrolled dogs not on leads. You will come out onto Drop Lane and go left. About 100m along you will have the entrance to a bridleway on your right. This path takes you up to the rear entrance of the HSBC training centre. Go right at the end and along the concrete path until you reach Smug Oak Lane. The stables are opposite.

Ride 4 (60 minutes approx)

From Smug Oak Stables turn left along Smug Oak Lane. Go pass the old tanker depot on your left. The road here was known as Vinegar Hill, because it is has a sharp bend. Carry on pass the entrance to Drop Lane and Riverside Way. Then take the path on your right between two fields and follow this path to the Radlett Road. There is a house on your left called Frogmore Lodge and a new barn conversion to your right. Frogmore Lodge was the gate house to the original Frogmore House. Frogmore housed many famous people, but Lady Yule had it knocked down, because she did not want anyone in the area to have a house as grand as hers. Instead she bred cattle there. The grounds of old Frogmore has been subject of a conversion and it is a stable yard now known as Winslo House and Winslo Stables. At Radlett Road go right and immediately left up through the industrial estate. On the 1st left bend cross the road and go up over the bridge. Keep heading along down this path pass some fishing lakes and a new house and paddocks. You will then go beside the river under the M25. and enter some farm land. Here you keep close to the hedge line. You can have a short canter along here to where the field meets the road. You have a choice; you can ride around the field edge to your left and have a canter for about 500m, but at the end you have to turn around and ride back or you can continue to London Colney and then back track to Smug Oak Stables.

Ride 5 (100 minutes approx)

Cross the road to bridleway 7, the entrance is in the lay-by and ride along the concrete path towards the rear of the HSBC training centre. Go left at the end of he concrete path onto the track, which is about 500m in length. There is a graveyard to your right where Sir David Yule is buried. His house, which can be seen from the bridleway is known as Hanstead House and is now owned by the HSBC. He died in 1928 and was one of the wealthiest men in Europe, making his money in India from jute. Lady Yule and her daughter Gladys were renowned Arab horse breeders and Hanstead Stud was only in operation for 35 years, but it has had a remarkable worldwide influence, and it should not be forgotten. Here you can have a safe canter, but slow down as you approach Drop Lane. Watch out for the ruts in the path. Cross the road and cross the River Ver, follow the path through Willow Island. (Herts CC have just reinstated the path) and then cross the River Colne. Follow the path around to a T-junction and go right or go directly over the field, which is the definitive path, which has now been reopened. Follow this path for about 1500m (possible canters) Little Munden Farm can be seen to your right in the distance, until you come to a cottage on the right known as River Lodge, with a gate to its right. Carry straight on. Here you can have a good canter as the path is some 1500m. When you get to the crossing go left with Aldenham golf course to your right. Follow this path/road as it takes you through the golf course. You will come to a house with a new yellow barrier beside it go right here. Carry on for about 100m and you will pass through a narrow gate. The golf course is now on your right and again you can have a good canter along here until you get to the crossroads, when it is advisable to slow down. You can now back track to Smug Oak Stables carrying on pass River Lodge and Little Munden farm and back through the rivers.

Ride 6 (90 minutes approx)

Cross the road to bridleway 7, the entrance is in the lay-by and ride along the concrete path to wards the rear of the HSBC training centre. Go left at the end of the concrete path onto the track, which is about 500m in length. Here you can have a safe canter, but slow down as you approach Drop Lane. Watch out for the ruts in the path. Cross the road and cross the River Ver, follow the path through Willow Island.(Herts. CC have just reinstated the path) and then cross the River Colne. Go left and follow the path around to a T-junction and go left. Follow this path for about 1000m (possible canters) until you come to a house & buildings on your left known as Netherwylde Farm. Recently the path has been moved away from the house, but keep going forward along this path and you will come across cottages on you left and right and continue over the bridge and up towards Radlett Road A5183. As you approach the Radlett Road, on your right you will see two concrete bollards. Go through the bollards and follow the path down to the river. Walk down and go left into the river and walk along the river bed for about 200m. You will come out on the road for Hill Farm. Go across the road and up a stony path. When you get to the top go right through Hill Farm and down to Riverside cottage and go right. Ride pass Munden Farm. Then take the bridleway path across the field though the two rivers over Drop Lane and ride pass the HSBC centre back to Smug Oak Stables.

In Memory Of...."Logan"
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