Martin Clunes enjoys break at Millom riding centre
Last updated at 08:58, Monday, 23 April 2012
CELEBRITY horse enthusiast Martin Clunes has praised a Millom equine attraction after a recent visit.
Mr Clunes, who stars as Doctor Martin Ellingham in the ITV drama Doc Martin, spent a few days at Cumbrian Heavy Horses, in the Whicham Valley, near Millom.
Last week’s visit was part of a surprise arranged by the star’s wife, Philippa, to celebrate his 50th birthday.
And Mr Clunes, the president of the British Horse Society, was full of praise for the attraction, which offers horse adventures on Clydsdale and Shire horses.
He said: “I bought a couple of baby Clydsdales about 18-months ago and since then people have bombarded me with Annie’s (Annie Rose, owner) flyer, which has a picture of someone galloping along a beach on a Clydsdale.
“For ages I’ve been brandishing it to my wife saying it was my future and lo and behold she booked a week up there as part of my 50th birthday present.
“It was absolutely fantastic."
Mr Clunes and wife Philippa spent three-days enjoying variousadventures, including a trip up White Comb and a gallop along Silecroft beach.
He said: “The first day the weather wasn’t great, but it is quite an adjustment from riding a Clydsdale to riding anything else so were concentrating on that.
“But we went right up a fell the next day and the last day we spent galloping along the beach, which was just fantastic.”
The former Men Behaving Badly star also spent some time exploring other parts of Cumbria, even researching his family’s past.
He said: “My mother was evacuated to Windermere during the war. We managed to find where she went to school although it’s apartments now.”
Mr Clunes’ last visit to the area was in 2008 while filming on Piel Island as part of an ITV documentary series about the islands of Britain.
But he might be a more frequent visitor now.
He said: “It is a really different experience Annie is offering. The horses are gigantic, sweet natured and beautiful.
“We’re going back, definitely.”
Owner Annie Rose, said: “He is a very genuine man with a passion for these horses. I rode with them for three-days and we just chatted and laughed. He’s got a real empathy for the horses and he’s just generally a nice chap.”
First published at 14:20, Saturday, 21 April 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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For anyone who loves horses, this sounds like a great place to visit! The best thing about riding is that you can forget all the horrible things going on in the world and just focus on your horse and the surroundings around you. PURE JOY !!