The venue for this ride was originally on land opposite the Tanfield Railway. Some years ago the venue moved to Watergate Forest Park but the Tanfield name remained.
The main car park, the venue, is located on the Whickham Highway, B6317. From here, riders follow a track through the park, cross the A692 at the Pegasus Crossing onto the Tanfield Railway Path which leads to the Tanfield Railway. We then join the Bowes Railway Path to CP2 where the routes diverge.
All riders return via the park.
Lead rein only remain within the park and follow the park's bridleways.
Strictly No Cantering in the Park. Please take care and walk past walkers and cyclists. Please remember, not everyone likes or understands horses.
Directions to Venue
From the A1 (North) at Gateshead take the slip road A692 signposted Whickham/Consett.
From the A1 (South) take the slip road signposted Whickham/Consett and follow signs around the roundabout. Go up Lobley Hill to lights. Turn right at top onto B6317 Whickham Highway. Metal railing on left. Take second gate on left into venue - signposted WATERGATE FOREST PARK.
DO NOT TAKE THE A694 - IT LEADS TO WHICKHAM TOWN CENTRE.
From Consett follow A692, signposted Whickham/Gateshead. Go through Sunniside, then Streetgate, past the Marquis of Granby, up hill past Emmanuel College and turn left at lights onto Whickham Highway. Follow as above.
From Chester-le-Street, either onto the A1 or take the A693 to Stanley, turn right onto A692. Follow as above.
THIS RIDE STARTS EARLY.
The route uses a bridleway beside a WORKING STEAM RAILWAY.
Ride starts at 8.30 a.m.
ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE LEFT THE VENUE BY 9.45 a.m.
IF YOU ARE LATE YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START.
Ride Organiser: Karen Fairbairn
See Ride Schedule for Ride details
Tanfield Ride 2020 - Venue
All horses/ponies must be fully vaccinated against Equine Flu.
Riders MUST bring the horses passport with them on the day. This MUST be shown to the Ride Organiser or appointed person.
No Equine Flu vaccination = No ride.
No Passport = No ride.
Please ensure that the horse's name on the passport is the same as the one on the entry form.
RIDE CANCELLED due to Corona Virus.
All cheques will be destroyed. For those who paid via bank transfer, please email Ride Organiser to arrange refund.