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Melton Hunt Club Ride, Nov 2017 – course walk photos

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The Melton Hunt Club Ride sponsored by 8 Outdoor, will be held in Cottesmore country at Abbey Farm, Launde Road, Oakham LE7 9XN on Sunday 19th November 2017, starting at 12 noon.

All the fence and marker numbers refer to the course plan which can be downloaded from here: Melton Hunt Club Ride, November 2017.

The start is in the field immediately North-East of Withcote Hall where the word “start” is (!).

The direct line to the first marker takes you towards the left end of each of fences 1, 2 and 3. The arrow below indicates the direction of running.

Disclaimer
I have photographed the course as I saw it at the end of October.
There were no markers in place and the course had stock on most of it.
Areas of the course may look very different in three weeks time. There may not be gaps in fences and whole fences may have gone for the race too.
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View from Oakham Road showing start area

Competitors approach Fence 1 heading almost due South but those seeking the more direct line to the first marker with head more South-East.

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Approach to Fence 1

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Approach to Fence 1 (further down the hill)

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Fence 1 landing side

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Fence 2 take off side

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Fence 2 take off side

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Fence 2 landing side

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Fence 2 landing side

The top end of fence three is closest to marker A (white) which is behind this hedge close to the middle of the image below.

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Take-off side of fence 3

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Take-off side of fence 3 (further down)

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Take-off side of fence 3 (further down still)

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Landing side Fence 3

After fence 3 the course bears left. The image below are of the hedge where the course crosses this hedgerow on the map.

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Hedge between fences 3 and 4 – take-off, right hand

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Hedge between fences 3 and 4 – landing side, right hand

At the top end of this hedgerow, nearest the marker itself, is another cut hedge:

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Hedge between fences 3 and 4 – landing side, top end, looking North

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Hedge between fences 3 and 4 – landing side, top end, looking South

Another left-hand turn and uphill to fence 4:

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Fence 4 take-off side

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Fence 4 landing side with marker hedge in background

Due North up the hill brings Fence 5:

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Fence 5 approach

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Fence 5 take-off side

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Fence 5 landing side

And on to Fence 6 where the white marker must be left to the left:

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Fence 6 approach

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Fence 6 take-off, looking North

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Fence 6 landing, looking North

Then slightly left to Fence 7 where the white marker must be left to the left:

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Fence 7 approach

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Fence 7 take-off looking South

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Fence 7 take-off looking North

The course then turns downhill, back towards the start field:

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Fence 8 approach

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Fence 8 landing

The course now leaves the start on the left and heads downhill towards the farm:

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Fence 9 approach

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Fence 9 take-off, looking South-West

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Fence 9 take-off, looking North-East

A few strides only, before Fence 10:

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Fence 10 approach

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Fence 10 approach

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Fence 10 landing

Now we turn right-handed:

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Fence 11 take-off

I don’t know if this gateway in Fence 12 will be closed or left as is.

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Fence 12

Then pick your way through the trees to Fence 13:

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Fence 13 approach

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Fence 13 approach

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Fence 13 landing

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Fence 13 landing

Head South-West, across some uneven ground to Fence 14:

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Fence 14 approach

Which is then followed by a red marker (D) somewhere here:

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Turn round the marker and up the hill:

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Fence 15 approach

Then onwards, and upwards, over the hill:

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and down towards fence 16:

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Fence 16 approach

Then Fence 17 (sorry about my friends here):

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Fence 17 approach

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Fence 17 take-off

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Fence 17 take-off

There is a white marker at Fence 18, which must be left to the left:

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Fence 18 approach

and straight, parallel to the road to Fence 19:

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Fence 19 approach

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Fence 19 take-off looking South

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Another possible crossing of Fence 19

Then Fence 20:

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Fence 20 approach

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Fence 20 approach

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Fence 20 take-off looking North

Then sharp left and downhill to Fence 21:

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Fence 21 approach

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Fence 21 landing

At the bottom of the hill is an unnumbered fence. The tiger trap, right, covers the brook. The fence to the left does not so you might land in it.

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The brook/ditch behind the rails in the previous image

Straight uphill over some uneven ground:

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Brings us to Fence 22:

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Followed by a gallop to this point. I’m told the fence and gate will not be there for the race.

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After this, another uphill stretch to Fence 23, and on to Fence 24, which will have a marker to push you uphill:

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Fence 24 approach

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Fence 24 landing side

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Fence 24 landing side, with Fence 23 upper right in the distance

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Fence 24 landing side, with Fence 23 upper right in the distance

Fence 25 is a hedge with a hunt jump at the far (left) end:

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Fence 25 approach

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Fence 25 hunt jump

This brings to Fence 26, the last fence:

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Fence 26 from the hunt jump at Fence 25

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View down to the Finish from Fence 26

I hope this was useful. It is not intended to replace a proper course walk but hopefully gives an idea of the options available and the areas around the markers.

Feel free to comment but I can’t promise I will know the answers to any questions!nt but I can’t promise I will know the answers to any questions!

Comments 2

  1. living in South Africa and having a son riding this has been a great encouragement to jump on a plane just for the week-end. well done on superb photos and what the army calls Field Craft! Brilliant stuff..
    I very much enjoyed a Ride in 1978.

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