February Half Term

The Airedale Woodman – Traditional Horse Logging


February 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and March 1st

On the dates above Peter the Airedale Woodman and his horse Ghalm will be working in Strid Wood. His wife Carole will also be on site to help explain to visitors what is happening.

This is a fantastic opportunity for children and families to watch Peter fell trees and pull them out of the wood with his horse.

Traditional horse logging removes timber without using any mechanical equipment, instead using man and horse power! It is therefore an environmentally friendly way to remove felled timber from woodland and to support natural regeneration of an area.

Strid Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Using the horse in this sensitive area ensures the flora and fauna below are safeguarded.

The Airedale Woodman will be on site from 10.30am – 3pm. Please note that the horse will require rest throughout the day which means we are unable to know exactly what time the horse will be working.

Due to the nature of this type of work, it is weather dependent, please therefore keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates/changes to the schedule.

Useful Information

  • This is a free event.
  • The horse logging will run from 10.30am - 3pm.
  • The estate’s usual admission will apply.
  • Park in Riverside car park near the Cavendish Pavilion.
  • The car park is open from 9am to 6pm. Last admission is at 4:00pm.
  • This is a family event and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
  • Dogs are welcome, however we do ask that you remember not all visitors like dogs, so please keep them on a lead.
  • The felling will take place on the green trail near the Strid.
  • Sturdy boots or wellingtons are advisable.