A HOLIDAY company has combined the indulgent passions of horse riding and chocolate to attract tourists to rural Cheshire.
Tarporley-based Equestrian Escapes has launched a new package holiday, “Horses and Chocolates”, to broaden the Cheshire “getaway” market out to non-horse riders.
Horse trekking routes Bishop Bennet’s Way and Delamere Loop have made way for new adventure holidays organised by Equestrian Escapes which specialises in horse holidays in the UK and Europe and Visit Chester and Cheshire.
Holidaymakers can choose bespoke itineraries including horse riding, hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation and day trips to tourist attractions including Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, Chester Zoo, Go Ape in Delamere Forest and Beeston Castle.
Director of Equestrian Escapes, Sarah Caplan, said: “These kinds of holidays have become very popular very fast. We are getting a lot of enquiries from non-horse owners who want to come to Cheshire and try out trekking but explore Cheshire as well.
“Traditionally it has been the type of holiday enjoyed by single women but suddenly, with the weekend break offers, everyone is bringing their partner.”
Horse riders can now enjoy lessons at Willington Riding Stables, hacking in Delamere, a two night stay at the Swan Hotel in Tarporley and afternoon tea at The Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop and excursions for £225.
The recently launched horse and chocolates themed holiday has proved an instant hit.
Experienced horse rider Emma Mark said: “As a keen horsewoman and chocolate fanatic, when I saw this holiday package I knew it would be the perfect break.
“One day we hacked up to Delamere Forest. We stopped at a horse friendly cafe along the route where we were able to give the horses a well-earned rest and we enjoyed a coffee and a cake whilst admiring the views.”
For more details on horse trekking holidays in Cheshire log onto www.equestrian-escapes.com