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On 18 and 19 August August, the Lions River Club in the Dargle Valley (Midlands) will once again host the popular Marriott Dargle Trails Festival; a weekend packed with a variety of trail running, mountain biking, and horse trail events the whole family
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 on Sunday 19 August. 19km, 10km and 5km courses on offer.
Trail running will take place on both Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2018. Three different distances (20km, 10km and 5km) will be on offer on the Saturday and four distances on the Sunday (30km, 20km,10km and 5km) 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. This event takes place on Sunday 19 August 2018.
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 Beer and Food and much more!
ABOUT THE DARGLE VALLEY
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.