We went for a hack on the beach at Holkham - which is on teh North Norfolk coast this lunchtime.
It costs 10 pounds to park your horsebox in the carpark and they supply you with a map which shows where you can go.
You ride through some pine woods on a special track then through the dunes onto the fantastic beach which is massively wide and flat.
We rode for ages across running streams etc until we got to the water (high-tide had been at 10.45) and then the connemara was encouraged to go in. She was reluctant at first and then didn't seem to want to come out of the waves! Here is a short video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f1EXOHvQ
It was a warm and sunny day by my word it was incredibly windy which got the roan sec a revved up.
Definitely worth a visit for anybody who fancies a beach gallop and can get up there.
This was one of the selling points about my new place - they go away every year to the beach. 2010 we're going to Duinrell in The Netherlands with the horses for 4 days. Apparently the local council are a bit pissy about poos so I'm not quite sure how we'll handle that... saddlebags full of poo?
One of the girls was telling me that this summer they went and were just cantering along between the breakers when one of the girls said "oh you go first, just jump it rather than walking around". So she jumped it... only to find that it wasn't the same height on the other side and that in actual fact her and her 16hh horse went totally under! Once the shock had worn off it was all good for a laugh.
Riding on the beach is my dream and I can't believe I'm going to be 36 when I have a go! Donkeys at Barry Island don't count do they?
Sounds amazing. When I was happily riding along the beach this summer, pony decided all that white sand was just too inviting and had to have a good roll around in it! Cue me jumping quickly off his back and out of the way before catching him again!
Finally managed to see vid thanks. Had to use Firefox in the end, stupid Explorer wouldn't work. Looks like you had a lovely time, and that beach! Isn't it fantastic! We are actually very close to the beach, I could ride to it easily. Shame it's horrid steep shingle, not shining white sand!