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Sharing a Love of Horses and Nature

At Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures, you can ride the unique and beautiful Molly Morgan Range, experiencing the spectacular views of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, Lower Hunter and as far north as Barrington Tops. It’s also the perfect place to visit for the ultimate school holiday boredom-buster with plenty of fun for the whole family!


Whether you’re an old hand on horseback or have never sat in a saddle before, there’s a ride for every experience level, with the choice of one-hour and 90-minute guided trail rides the most popular for beginners and experts alike.

For over two decades, Margaret Bancroft has opened her family home to travellers looking for a slice of traditional country life. The owner and operator of Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures, and Hill Top Country Guesthouse, has spent her entire life in the Hunter, growing up on her family’s farm in Lovedale before moving down the road and up a mountain to raise her own family and eventually set up her flourishing tourism businesses.

Margaret’s love of horses began around two years of age when her dad bought her a Shetland pony. Sharing this love of riding is one of the reasons she started the business.

“It’s peaceful and tranquil, and you are with a beautiful and powerful but gentle animal,” she said.

“If you have reasonable balance and can take instructions, it is not that difficult to learn to ride. The more you do it, the easier it gets as you ride in rhythm with the horse.”

“The best part of the business is seeing people returning from a ride smiling and laughing, having had a great time.

“Also, seeing the children come back year after year, hoping their favourite pony is still here and they can go for a ride. They are still happy when they find that they sometimes have retired but can still feed and pat them.”

For more information about Hunter Valley Horseriding or to book a ride, visit or call 4930 7111.



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