4 Days Exciting Dartmoor Trails Horse Riding Holiday England, UK

Fantastic Horse Riding Holiday UK

Get ready for an unforgettable horse riding holiday within the spectacular Dartmoor landscape! You are invited to this awesome adventure located in Devon, England, UK, by the Dartmoor Riding Holidays. In this vacation, you will get the chance to experience guided long canters to the best riding areas and beautiful lunch stops with extraordinary views. There’s nothing better for a man’s soul than being outside on a horse, so come and enjoy the natural beauty of Dartmoor on a horseback!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 95 kilograms / 209 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: 14.3 to 16.2 hands
  • Tack Type: Western tack, English tack available on request
  • Horse Breed: Quarter horse

Highlights

  • 3 days' horse riding sessions
  • Great adventures in the Dartmoor trails
  • Daily transfer service to and from the farm
  • Appetizing breakfasts and lunches
  • Hearty after ride tea and cakes
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Restaurant
  • Tour assistance

You will stay in an en-suite room with color TV and Wi-Fi provided. All accommodation will be at the excellent Castle Inn and is on a half board basis arranged by Dartmoor Riding Holidays. In addition, you can also choose to stay in a camping-style accommodation in which you may ride to a fantastic beautiful camp spot which is located a few miles from the farm where the horses can be turned loose around you and then you can camp in traditional style. There is a nearby river there with deep pools to swim in.

Program

During this horse riding holiday, you will ride the superb Quarter horses in cowboy fashion and also view the spectacular Dartmoor landscape. The team will guide you to the best riding areas with long canters and beautiful lunch stops with fantastic views.

Typical itinerary

Upon arrival, you will check-in at accommodation in the evening. Then, the teams will meet you on your accommodation to discuss your stay, following morning and subsequent days activities. After breakfast at the inn, you will be collected and brought to Meldon Farm at around 10:00. You will then head off for four to five hours riding across Dartmoor to a beautiful spot for a packed lunch or stop at one of many local pubs, tie up horses outside, and ride home via a different route followed by tea and cakes at Meldon Farm. Next, you will return to your accommodation between 17:00 and 18:00.

Type of riding and riding ability

Dartmoor Riding Holidays normally ride Western. However, they can provide English saddles if you send a request. You need to be reasonably fit and at least an intermediate standard or better. The terrain involves crossing streams, shallow rivers, undulating ground and up and down steep inclines and would not be suitable for novice or inexperienced riders. The style of riding is very much akin to Natural Horsemanship. Dartmoor Riding Holidays like riders to be relaxed and ride with soft hands.

Please note that Dartmoor Riding Holidays is not a riding school and they do not give tuition. Their horses are fit, forward going and sure-footed. To be the riders, you must be confident, reasonably fit and have some riding experience, in other words, you need to be an intermediate or better. For riders, the age range is from 18 to 65. Experienced 14 to 17-year old will also be accepted if accompanied by a riding parent / guardian. Upper age limit is discretionary depending on rider fitness and experience. Please also kindly note that the maximum weight is 15 stone (95 kilogram). In addition, all guests have to wear hard hats and individual body protection is optional.

A strong intermediate rider must have ridden several different types of horses and can independently manage a horse care. Your seat is secure if you are able to control a horse at a walk, trot, canter, and do not apply unintentional aids to the horse when you lose balance or become unseated. You must know how to rise or post to the trot and ask for and obtain a specific lead or change in the lead as well as capable of riding a less experienced horse and helping in that horse’s training. You must also be able to train / compete at a more advanced level with a trainer’s assistance and has the knowledge about different horse breeds and disciplines. Last but not least, you also have to know the basic horse conformation and can detect lameness issues.

The guides

The guides will be all local moor men or women who know the moor well. They know where the best crossings are, and where to avoid, as there are areas where it is unsuitable for horses. Some of the guides are members the Dartmoor Rescue Group and some more are range clearers for the army on the moor. All are excellent horsemen or women and first-aid trained.

The horses

Dartmoor Riding Holidays has a selection of other horses that they can match to guests. Dartmoor Riding Holidays has a selection of fantastic Quarter horses with their calm attitude and appetite for work. All horses are western-trained, very sure-footed and a pleasure to ride. Dartmoor Riding Holidays also has a selection of Irish hunters some western trained some English-style, all are a pleasure to ride and able to cross the terrain with ease.

The horses' heights range from 14:3 to 16:2 hands. Dartmoor Riding Holidays usually starts and backs their own horses to suit the type of work - all must be sensible with good manners. Your horse will be matched to you as far as possible since the teams have a good selection. However, it is important for the teams to know your ability first.

Location

This retreat will take place at Dartmoor in Devon, England, UK. Dartmoor is a fantastic place to ride. It’s one of the UK’s last wilderness and is best viewed through the ears of a horse. Here, you will take in the peace and sample the atmospheric beauty Dartmoor has to offer.

Nearby places

  • Dartmoor Railway, 500 meters
  • Exeter Airport (EXT), 50 kilometers
  • Granite Way cycle route, 300 meters
  • Meldon Reservoir - 15 minutes' on foot
  • Okehampton - 5 minutes' drive / 15 minutes' cycling

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming

General

  • Bar
  • Lake
  • Restaurant
  • River

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

Food

Your breakfast will either be at the Castle Inn or the farm while the lunch will either be at the farm, a packed lunch, or en-route at one of many fabulous local pubs. Your breakfast and lunch are all included in the package. You will also be served tea and cakes after the ride. Unfortunately, Dartmoor Riding Holidays do not do the evening meals. You are free to make use of the Castle Inn’s excellent restaurant or eat out elsewhere in the evening at an additional cost.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Cycling on the Granite Way cycle route
  • Dartmoor Railway visit
  • Okehampton visit
  • Relax in the games room
  • Simmons Park visit
  • Swimming in a nearby river
  • Walking to Bluebell woods
  • Walking to Dartmoor National Park

What's included

  • 3 days' horse riding sessions
  • Transfer to and from the farm each day
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Tea and cakes after riding
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Transfers from and to Exeter Airport (EXT), Exeter St. David's railway station, etc.
  • Any protective wear
  • Evening meals
  • Drinks at the pub lunches

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Exeter Airport (EXT). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

If you don’t want to bring a car (you do not need one during your stay), Dartmoor Riding Holidays offers a shuttle service from and to Exeter Airport (EXT) at a nominal charge.

Arrival by ferry / boat

You can arrive at Devonport in Plymouth. Transfer from and to the dock is available at a nominal charge.

Arrival by train

You can arrive at Exeter St. Davids train station. Transfer from and to the station is available at a nominal charge.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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