MARRIOTT DARGLE TRAILS FESTIVAL 2016

EVENTS

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On Sunday 14th August, the Lions River Club in the Dargle Valley (Midlands) will once again host the popular Marriott Dargle Trails Festival; ‚Äča day packed with a variety of trail running, mountain biking, and horse trail events to suit everyone

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Experience a multitude of terrain, including farmland, natural bush, and forest plantations. Enjoy single and double track, all with unparalleled views over the gorgeous Dargle Valley and Inhlosane.

TRAIL RUNNING

Trail runners can choose between three different distances, catering for all fitness levels. Runners will be able to access wonderful trails on private land not usually open to the public.

3KM FAMILY & DOG WALK

Bring the family, kids and dogs, and enjoy a shorter but equally beautiful route. Proceeds from this event are donated to a very good cause.

Horse Trail Ride

Love horse riding? You can participate in several different horse trail events, designed to suit the serious and social rider alike!

Polo Exhibition Match

As is customary, the Marriott Dargle Trails Festival will once again host a polo exhibition match over lunch time.

FESTIVAL FUN AT LIONS RIVER CLUB

Click here to find out more about the additional activities that will be on offer at the Lions River Club – Kids Zone, Craft Market and much more!

Check out some of the visuals from past Dargle Trails Festivals.

ABOUT THE DARGLE VALLEY

Steeped in history and surrounded by some of the most beautiful land (and amazing views) in the Midlands, you'll love your visit to the Dargle Valley.
Forests, grasslands, history and beauty - there is no better place to spend a day running and cycling!

As you enjoy the facilities at the Lions River Club and look over one of the country's finest polo fields, it is interesting to look back at the club's history. In 1887, a number of eminent polo players, including Sir Duncan McKenzie and Sir Henry Kimber MP, a former solicitor from London, set up the Dargle Polo club. The club was the first civilian polo club in South Africa. The same families were the founding members of the Lions River Polo Club which was established in 1921. Before this, in the mid-1800s, the Irish Fannin family bought 6000 acres in the Midlands, naming the valley 'Dargle' as it looked remarkably like Dargle outside of Dublin. Many of the fences in the area are still strung between Sneezewood posts, cut from the forests and saw pits where big Yellowwoods were felled for furniture and buildings, some of which are still visible today. Beautiful dry stone walls built by Italian prisoners of war criss-cross the Dargle hills.

  • DARGLE FACT #1

    2013 celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Dargle Conservancy.

  • DARGLE FACT #2

    The Dargle Conservancy is regarded as one of the most proactive conservancies in the country.

  • DARGLE FACT #3

    Midlands Meander Education Project brings environmental education to life in Dargle schools

  • DARGLE FACT #4

    The Dargle mist-belt grasslands and indigenous forests, host many endangered species including the Cape Parrot, Oribi, Samango monkey, all three Crane species, orchids and other special plants.

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