Cross Country Hire
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Welcome to Bissell Wood Estate
The Bissell Wood Estate is named after Bissell Wood, a 70 acre wood, which was bought by Neville Cope’s late father in 1954, for the enjoyment of the members of the Albrighton Woodland Hunt, of which he was the Hunt Master.
In the 19th Century, the wood and all adjoining land was owned by the 2nd Lord Dudley, who for a period was a Master of the Worcestershire Foxhounds. His land holding then totalled over 25,000 acres, and it was reputed that he could ride from his home at Himley Hall in Stourbridge, to his country palace at Witley Court, without leaving his own land, a distance of seventeen miles.
In 2003, it was decided that the 200 acre Bissell Wood Estate, which was then a farming and forestry enterprise, would make an excellent setting for an Equestrian Centre. With stunning scenic views and woodlands, the area makes for a safe, peaceful and fantastic riding environment. Our equestrian facilities have developed and grown to cover a large part of our 200 acres. Amongst our extensive facilities you will find five cross-country courses with varying levels of difficulty, two dressage arenas, a show jumping arena and livery stables.
The Estate strives to continually improve available facilities, and now boasts a lovely improved 20m x 40m dressage arena with a flexi-ride surface and mirrors.
All our facilities are available for hire to clubs and individuals who wish to organise their own equestrian events, training sessions or just for personal use.
As of 5th January 2021, due to Pandemic lock down restrictions, our Cross Country Courses are closed until further notice. When we are able to reopen, to make a booking and receive joining instructions, please text Vicky on 07794 924446 with date/time required, number of riders, names and ages (if under 18) and your email address and she will advise you of availability.
Please note we are open every day except for the following dates:
December 2020 - 4th, 11th, 18th, 22nd and 30th
January 2021 - 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
We are unable to accept riders who have not pre-booked and pre-paid and everyone is expected to adhere to current Government Covid-19 advice on social conduct while on our premises. A completed and signed booking form (below) will be required to be returned by email for each rider after you have received your joining instructions.
CROSS COUNTRY Booking Form
Designed & built by a British eventing course builder from LandS Eventing
They are open all year round, thanks to being on naturally draining sandy soil and having tree cover. We have two diddy Courses, 18" and 24" which are ideal for improving confidence in both horse and rider. We also have three other courses where the jumps range from 2'3" to 3'6". There are 100+ jumps. Please email to book
3 courses - one venue - £25 per rider
1 x enclosed woodland circuit of approx. 6 x rustic fences with changeable heights
1 x enclosed woodland circuit of approx. 10 x 60cm portable and fixed XC fences
1 x large open woodland circuit, various terrains over approx. 2000m of 70cm, 80cm and 90cm portable and fixed fences, plus water complex and gallop route
To book please contact Vicky on 07794 924446, email
or contact us via our Facebook page
We regret that no dogs are allowed on the cross country course or the Bissell Wood Estate
Bissell Wood Equine Flu Vaccine Policy:
All horses joining the Bissell Wood fun rides and XC must be up to date with their vaccinations i.e. have had their annual booster within the previous 12 months and for horses starting or restarting their course of vaccines, must have had the first 2 injections of the primary course (the first injection followed by the second between 21 - 92 days after the first).
If a horse has had a vaccination recently there must be seven clear days between having this vaccination and arriving at Bissell Wood.
Horse passports will be checked on registration and any horse without a passport or proof of vaccination will not be allowed to ride and will be turned away (be aware NO REFUNDS will be given).
We’ll keep this under review and update as needed. Thank you!