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Equestrian Activities near Mill Village Self Catering Cottages

What a great opportunity to discover some of Ireland's loveliest landscapes on horseback, trekking along forest trails and mountain paths and cantering along miles of sweeping golden coastline. Co. Down, it's claimed, has more horses per head of population than any other part of Europe. There are 19 Equestrian centres with indoor and outdoor tracks and activities including trekking, hacking, show jumping, racing and point-to-point. I have featured some of the closest to Mill Village.

Mourne Trail Riding Centre

96 Castlewellan Road, Newcastle.BT33 Tel:028 4372 4351

The centre has about 15 quality horses and cobs to suit the more experienced rider. They do not cater for beginners. They offer one hour rides on quiet roads and track, and two hour rides in Tollymore Forest Park. They also occasionally organize beach rides for very experienced riders and can arrange longer rides for small groups. Open 7 days, from 10 years.

Mount Pleasant Trekking and Horse Riding Centre

15 Bannanstown Road, Castlewellan,Tel 028 4377 8651 Web site: www.mountpleasantcentre.com

A very safe and popular riding centre for both novice and experienced riders alike offering forest trek, beach rides and country hacks along traffic free routes. BHS approved.

Tullymurray Equestrian Centre

145 Ballydugan Road, Downpatrick,BT30 8HH Tel: 028 4481 1880 Fax: 028 4481 1950 Email: tullymurray@zoom.co.uk

40 Varied Cross County Fences over 11/2 mile. Indoor arena, X2, Sand Arena, Show Paddock, 18th Century Range Outbuildings and Stables. All staff very experienced and friendly; also local base for riding for disabled and pony club.BHS approved qualified instructors. All equipment provided.

Downpatrick Race Club

171 Ballydugan Road, Downpatrick Tel: 028 4461 5923, Fax 028 4461 5923

Holding the reputation as one of the friendliest racecourses in Ireland, horse racing has taken place at this course for over 300 years. A new covered grandstand and associated facilities are now open, catering for over 2,500 people. Facilities include Tote facilities, betting facilities, food, seating and tables with free car parking. Magnificent views over the Mourne Mountains and Drumlins of Down. All races are sponsored.

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