Hole Farm Trekking Centre is part of Woodgate Valley Country Park. The 24 ponies and horses that live at the centre are made up from a variety of British ancient, native to Great Britain breeds known collectively as "mountain & moorland" or "cob types". They are renowned for their excellent temperaments, hardiness, durability and a laid back attitude to their work, making them ideal to learn to ride and handle.
The 65 acres of grazing pasture provides the ideal habitat offering natural shelter with high hedges and trees. Their winter hay supply is made by the Ranger Service and the ponies thrive.
Trekking through over 400 acres of country park matches their "lifestyle" which they are very happy to share with their devoted human companions. For as little as £7 riders can experience a half hour pony trek through Woodgate Valley providing a safe environment free of any road involved has proved to be in some cases a one off, once a year fantastic experience for young people to meet, touch and ride a pony (we do however insist that you do not feed the ponies).
Led Treks – riders are led around Woodgate Valley paths in a group. There is no vehicle access and riders can take in the beauty of this Country Park from horseback.
Riding Lessons – Lessons take place in the outside ménage and are offered for a range of abilities:
Beginner Lessons - recommended after 3 or 4 Led Treks or when you feel ready to learn to ride eventually without being led. Duration half hour.
Improver Lessons - once you can walk and trot independently and are ready to learn to canter your instructor will suggest you move across and join either the 30 or 45 minute improver lesson.
Advanced Lessons - for the rider who can walk, trot and canter well and would like to learn to jump small fences. Duration 45/60 minutes.
Ladies Morning Sessions - 1 hour session to include some handling of horses and a half hour lesson. Available during the week daytime (times to be advised) There will be a discount if you book 6 sessions.
Advanced Canter Treks - 1 hour session. New riders must be assessed with a half hour lesson to ensure they have a suitable horse for their ability. Riders must be able to walk, trot and canter independently.
Novice Trek (trot) – 1 hour session suitable for improver riders normally run through summer school holidays. Again, new riders will be assessed.
Pony Mornings – the Pony morning lasts 2 hours and involves the riders learning about horses, carrying out grooming and having a led trek. Held during school holiday periods.
School Parties - the centre offers facilities for school groups including led treks around the valley, that allow the children to experience habitats and features of the park from a unique viewpoint. School parties can also be doubled up with a ranger led activity at Woodgate Valley Country Park.
Please click on either of the following links for more information about Ranger led events or how to go about making a school booking.
Children’s Parties & Birthday Parties - a group of your own choice can take part in a Led Trek. Available Saturday and Sunday afternoons and during the school holidays. Minimum group size is 6 riders. Also applies to Pony Mornings during school holidays only.
Please note the minimum age for all riders is 4 years, there is no upper age limit. The maximum rider weight is 11st. 7lb.
10am - 4pm daily.
There is however no riding on Mondays (ponies day off).
The centre is run by a professionally qualified manager and is open everyday for enquiries. Ride times vary throughout the day so it is advisable to book well in advance, particularly if you are a large group i.e. school, play scheme or birthday party.
For more information on individual lesson times or to book a place please contact us direct on 0121 422 3464.
Half hour pony trek £7 (suitable for beginners).
One hour pony trek £14 (suitable for experienced).
Half hour lesson £10 (suitable for beginners to experienced).
One hour lesson £16 (suitable for experienced).
The minimum rider age is 4 years, there is no upper age limit and the maximum rider weight is 11st. 7lb.
Hole Farm Trekking Centre is located within the Woodgate Valley Country Park, Bartley Green, Birmingham.
From the car park take the tarmac path past the entrance to the Urban Farm and on towards a wooden pedestrian gate. Entrance beyond this point is for booked in riders only. Head through the gate and into the Trekking Centre yard.
From Birmingham City Centre
Follow the Hagley road (A456) west towards the M5 and Quinton at the junction with the A4123 follow the signs for Woodgate Valley Country Park.
From the M5 junction 3
Take the A456 towards Halesowen and take the first exit left (Lapal Lane South). Head up this road and turn left over the motorway into Lye Close Lane. At the junction with Carters Lane turn right and at the roundabout left into Clapgate Lane. The Car park entrance is a short distance on the left. Car parking is free of charge.
The West midlands travel bus number 23 stops opposite the Visitor Centre on Clapgate Lane.
For times contact Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or visit them on-line at www.travelwm.co.uk
For more information about accessibility and on site facilities at Woodgate Valley Country Park and it's Visitor Centre (located near to the Trekking Centre) please click on the DisabledGo logo link.
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