Anguilla is a great place to unwind and do nothing…and it's also a fun place to experience and discover the beauty of the island. Scenic horseback tours along cliff-top nature trails overlooking Katouche Bay, through the valleys in North Hill, ending up at Road Bay, with a dip in the sea (horses and all!), is a very unique way to enjoy Anguilla off the beaten track.
Cliffside Riding Centre located in North Hill, now in operation for 5 years provides English and Western riding for the complete beginner to accomplished riders. The rides are conducted at a relaxed and gentle pace…and more experienced riders can go faster if they wish.
They have eight horses (creole and pure bred)
ranging from Rainbow who is six months old to Nelson who is 21 years old.
The horses have several years of beach/trail riding experience and are well-mannered
Tonia runs the center and guides each riding tour. Tonia, married to Garfield Richardson of the GOTCHA charter boat, grew up around horses in a town in the west of England since the age of six. They offer 1 hour rides and 2 hours rides. The ride is a combination of beach and trail. The rates are: 1 hour - US$35 per person and 2 hour rides US$50 per person; $20 for children under five years old riding double with an adult. Rides are now available at 9:30am; 2:15pm and sunset (time varies according to the whims of the sun). Private rides are also available at any time of day once pre-arranged. Rides are tailor made according to ability and the maximum number of riders in a group is 4 - 5.
Tonia and Garfield's cute 4 year old daughter Zoe is very comfortable on the horses. There are special pony rides available for children of all ages and miniature Shetland pony rides for tiny tots. A 15 minute pony rides for kids costs US$10. Tonia has taught quite a few kids in the North Hill village how to ride and they enjoy exercising the horses from time to time. Riding lessons are also available for children and adults.
Space is limited so reservations are required. Call (264)-497-3667 or cell (264)-235-3667
Directions: Cliffside Stables is located on the cliffs in North Hill village. Take the turning into North Hill from the main road. Once you reach the center of the village, go past the pink pizza hut on the right until you meet a fork in the road. Follow the signs, take the right run, go fifty yards and take the next right lane behind the basket ball stadium. The stables are on your left within the next 200 yards.
Open year round, 7 days a week, 9am to dusk.
Story and pictures by Janine EdwardsRevised: 2002/1/6
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