Slad Lane, Speen, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0PP
This is a working rescue stables with 130 horses. They have 20 / 30 horses and ponies in stables that you can walk around and have a look at up close. They all have an information board about the life and work of each horse. There is also the wider estate that you can walk around. The stables themselves don’t take that long to look around – we were in there for about an hour then decided to do go for a bit of a walk. There is also a little museum, but this is basically just a room with the history of the Trust.
The visiting hours are quite restricted (14:00 – 16:00 Thursday – Sunday plus Bank Holidays) but tbh you’ll only be there for a couple of hours anyway. The reason the hours are so restricted is that they are a rescue stables first, visitor attraction second, which is as it should be. They might get more visitors if the hours were from 10:00 – 12:00 or something similar so you could do it in the school run, but that’s just my thoughts.
We went on the Woodland walk. There is a sign that says it’s not suitable for wheelchairs and it really isn’t, or pushchairs. It’s a steep walk downhill and it’s quite uneven. We went all the way into the woods but decided to turn back as it was too muddy for the trainers we were in (despite the exceptionally dry weather we have had) and I had littlest child in the carrier and didn’t want to slip. Walking back up was quite tough!
We also visited the cafe – The pot of tea for 1 was huge! The Victoria Sponge was a little bit dry but half the cake had gone so I’m guessing it was at least a day old. The prices were fairly reasonable though.
Tip – At about 16:10 they bring all of the horses through the car park and out to the field if you happen to be in the car park at the time you get to have a good up-close look at them.
Entry – Free
Parking – Onsite – £5 per car
Toilets – on-site including baby change
Food – Cafe on site.
Rating 3 / 5 – It’s a nice place but because of the limited size it’s not somewhere you’ll visit that often