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Melton Hunt Club Ride Course Preview 2021

Posted on 12th November 2021 in .  So far there are 3 comments

Photos at Marker 2 and last fence: Melton Hunt Club Ride Photos 2021

The 2021 renewal of the annual Melton Hunt Club Ride takes place on Sunday 21st November at 12 noon, on grassland to the North East of the A606 Melton Road at Upper Broughton. This year it is generously supported by Chestnut Horse Feeds and The Retraining of Racehorses.

Lorry parking has been provided at the Connors’ Dairy Farm on Hickling Lane, accessed from the A606 as you leave the village of Upper Broughton.

MHCR Final Map 2021 pdf
Chestnut Feeds and Retraining of Racehorses Melton Hunt Club Ride 2021 - DOWNLOAD

As usual, the Melton Hunt Club Ride course is decided by individual competitors, with specific turning markers being the only compulsory elements. Two red markers must be left to the right, three white markers must be left to the left.

The start is on a stubble field three fields North of Green Lane, accessed from a track opposite Dell Farm.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SPECTATORS ARE JOT TO WALK THROUGH THE FARM TO THE START. PLEASE TREAT THE START AS COMPETITORS ONLY.

Spectator parking will be a short distance further down Green Lane, on the right hand side. Car parking will be £10 per car or £5 for single occupancy. Drinks and refreshments will be available near the finish.

Melton Hunt Club Ride 2021 Start
The start line. Horses race left to right.

The course then proceeds East North East across three hedges to the first red turning marker at point 1 on the course map.

Melton Hunt Club Ride 2021 Hedge 1
Hedge 1, as seen from the start

The route between Marker 1 and Marker 2 includes a road crossing:

Alternative road crossing point - cuttings and wire will not be there
Road Crossing - cuttings and wire will not be there
Alternative road crossing point - cuttings and wire will not be there
Road Crossing - second hedge

The next turning marker, number 2, is just South of the Miscanthus plot, from where the course heads West South West uphill, behind Dell Farm, towards turning point 3.

View up the course from the alternative road crossing
View up the course from the alternative road crossing. Marker 2 is on the skyline on the right hand edge, to the left of the Miscanthus

The next image shows Marker 3 in the hedge line which runs North/South, just West of Dell Farm.

Marker 3 hedge line
Marker 3 hedge line from uphill landing side

Leaving the marker hedge behind the course heads left and steeply downhill to the next jumping effort.

Downhill from Marker 3, looking  South
Downhill from Marker 3, looking South
Downhill hedge onto cattle track
Downhill hedge, take off side.
Downhill hedge onto cattle track
Downhill hedge, landing side

From here there are two routes to Marker 4, above or below a large copse of trees in front of this hedge. The downhill route is shown in the picture before last. Here is the uphill route to the next hedge:

Uphill to hedge line near top of copse
the view as riders head uphill to the next hedge
uphill hedge
Landing side of the next hedge, showing route from Marker 3 to downhill hedge
side view of landing side of the uphill hedge
Another view of the same hedge, looking North on the landing side

After that hedge turn left, running parallel to the main road to the next hedge which runs at right angles to the main road.

Hedge perpendicular to road
Hedge perpendicular to road

Riders who have opted to go the other way around the copse, can cross the hedge line which contains Marker 4 at various points:

Alternative uphill hedge
Alternative uphill hedge, further along the hedge line towards Marker 4
View of the longer route close to the main road
View of the longer route close to the main road

Whilst the easier route is shown on the map, there is a direct route between Markers 4 and 5 which is much shorter...

Marker 4
Whichever route is taken, riders must leave Marker 4 to their left. This is the downhill side of that hedge on a direct route to Marker 5
Hedge after Marker 4 on direct line to Marker 5
Hedge after Marker 4 on direct line to Marker 5
Landing side of the hedge pictured above
Landing side of the hedge pictured above
The next hedge is an open ditch
The next hedge is an open ditch. Looking uphill...
open ditch and hedge running downhill from copse of trees
...and downhill
Field corner crossing
Field corner crossing
Corner crossing
Another angle on the corner crossing
View towards finish from corner crossing
View towards finish from corner crossing showing Marker 5 which must be left to the left
Hedge line of Marker 5
Hedge line of Marker 5

Crossing this hedge brings the direct and indicative routes together again, before the final hedge to the finish.

Finish Line
Finish Line, showing final hedge on left. Marker 5, if visible, would be just to the left of the left hand finish post.
Overview of second half of course
This view from the finish shows an overview of the middle and end of the course. Click to enlarge

As usual it is important to point out that this is not a replacement for a thorough course walk under any circumstances, but is provided as an overview for competitors and spectators alike.

When walking please respect the landowners who have kindly allowed us to use their land.

3 comments on “Melton Hunt Club Ride Course Preview 2021”

    1. Indeed I am aware the indicative route is not accurate and that the last marker is not where it says it is on the map but that is the only map I have been given so I can’t do much about it. I am nothing to do with the organisation and do this as a favour to travelling competitors each year.

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