Do I have to book?
Yes, you are required to book by calling the office on 01785 711177. The more notice you give, the better chance you have of securing the date and time that you require. Payment in full by debit card is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable. If you do need to cancel, you must give us at least 24 hours’ notice, by telephone; in this instance, payment can be transferred to another date within one month of the original booking. When booking, we will require each rider’s height, weight and riding ability.
Are there set days and times for the treks?
We have three treks per day. We cater for all abilities: beginners, novices and experienced. We are open five days per week, Wednesday to Sunday and have special events on Bank Holidays. Please see here for details of our current treks.
Management reserves the right to alter times and ability level of treks, in some cases.
How many months of the year are you open?
We are open all year round.
How do I pay?
A non-refundable payment is required in full at the time of booking. Payment can be made by debit card over the telephone, or by debit card or cash at reception. Please see our full terms and conditions for more details.
Where do the rides take place?
All treks take place off-road over the idyllic countryside of Cannock Chase, which is spread over 3,500 hectares. All lessons take place in our covered arena.
Can I get riding lessons at the centre?
Yes, we offer riding lessons in our state-of-the-art covered arena.
What is the minimum age to go on treks?
We can take children from age 4 for paddock rides and lessons, and children from age 7 for the 1-hour trek and from age 10 for the 2-hour trek. There is no maximum age limit for adults!
What weather conditions cause a ride to be cancelled?
We ride in all weathers; treks are only cancelled in the case of severe frost or heavy snow fall.
Is there any specific clothing I need to wear?
Riders must wear full-length trousers; anyone wearing shorts or skirts/dresses will not be permitted to ride. We advise you wear wellingtons or walking boots (if you do not have riding boots), and gloves. Suitable clothing for the weather is necessary; i.e. waterproofs if it is raining.
This will be my first time on a horse; will I be all right?
We have a wide range of horses suited to all abilities of rider, including complete beginners. However, as detailed in our Horse Riders Code of Conduct, please be aware that there is always a level of risk involved in horse riding.
Is there a weight limit for riders?
Yes, our current weight limits are 15 stone for trekking and 13 stone for lessons. For some of our special events, we reserve the right to set a lower weight limit as appropriate to the event in question.
Which trek is right for me?
We have three treks going out daily. Here are the details to help you decide which one is right for you:
– Experinenced Trek: A fast-paced 2-hour trek through forests and over moorland, for which all riders must be physically fit and competent at walk, trot and canter, and must ride regularly. (Minimum age 10 years.)
– Mixed-Ability Trek: A 2-hour trek to suit all abilities, from beginner through to experienced. Beginners will be taught to do rising trot, and experienced riders can break off with our guides for a canter. (Minimum age 10 years.)
– Beginners Trek: A gentle 1-hour trek which is ideal for the first-time rider or those who prefer a shorter ride and a steadier pace. Riders will get the opportunity to try a trot with our guides alongside to help out. (Minimum age 7 years.)
Do you still have procedures in place for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Please be assured that we at CCTC still take the health and safety of our clients and staff seriously. Even though the government has now lifted all restrictions, we have decided to retain some of the additional procedures we implemented in July 2020 (see below) whilst the COVID-19 pandemic itself continues. Please be aware that these procedures may be subject to change if government guidelines/regulations are reintroduced at any time.
Please also see our Facebook page for the latest information.
As of 4th July 2020, all riders will be required to wear face coverings whilst mounting and dismounting and to wear gloves for the duration of the ride; this helps keep our wonderful staff (and your fellow clients) safe. Face coverings may be removed once we are out on the Chase, but they will need to be put back on for dismounting on our return. We are finding that snoods / neck gaiters are easier to put on and remove when needed than standard face masks.
There are portable hand-washing stations outside to be used prior to riding and upon your return. We request that only one client (or family group who live together) is in reception at a time.
Our friendly receptionists will give you all the information you need when you book, with prompts upon your arrival, for a safe visit.
If you feel unwell (particularly if you have any of the classic symptoms of COVID-19: a temperature; a new, persistent, dry cough; or a loss of sense of taste or smell), please don’t attend your booking (and call to let us know), and we will be happy to rebook and wish you a speedy recovery.