What is the largest horse breed? Maybe, like me, you answered Clydesdale. Today, at the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre I discovered this honor goes to the beautiful Shire breed. I have wanted to visit this centre since my first visit to. It is no secret I love horses, they lift my spirit with their strong, yet gentle demeanor. I was not expecting the array of animals this Centre displayed. At the entrance are Shetland ponies….
These guys were wandering around….
As I make my way through this vast centre, set on 50 acres, the signs point to the meadows, this is where the horses spend their day.
Horses, everywhere you look….
Many of which are medal winners.
What a hairdo…
A Scottish Wildcat…looks so gentle…
many more animals roam free…
They seem happy on this beautiful day.
taking in the sun while it lasts before the winter sets in.
I could have spent a full day here, just walking and sitting and admiring the Shires.
the wooden bridge beckons….
There are other animals – owls, beavers, otters, pheasant, ducks, to name a few. But it’s the horses – I can’t seem to focus on anything else….
I think they know how beautiful they are and pose for me in the morning sun.
Eventually, I pull myself away. I will return to see some of the animals missed but no doubt the horses will steal the show again.
The horse centre also has a gift shop, food with outdoor and indoor seating, bathrooms – in other words, everything you need. The Alvanley Arms, a 400 year old inn, is right next door. It is a Pub, Restaurant and small hotel.
If you rent a car to travel the English countryside, the horse centre would be a great sunny day stop. If you are traveling with children, even better! If you get tired or need an overnight stop. This area is about a 1/2 hour car ride to Northern Whales. Have you been to the English countryside or dreamed of doing so?