Exciting Horse Riding Holiday UK

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Ride bitless and barefoot horses over Exmoor National Park, with views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales, riding over Selworthy Beacon, Dunkery Beacon, Webbers Post, Ley Hill or Porlock Hill. Some of the most beautiful riding countryside in the UK, on well schooled quiet but forward going horses. You can also enjoy our Gentle Horse and Rider Workshop to help you understand our unique training methods, and the way our horses communicate with us with trust and respect. Our farm is over 550 years old, staying in a delightful 15th century farmhouse, in single, double or group rooms, all within short walking distance from the delightful village of Porlock. Many people from all over the world return year after year to ride with us!

Key information:

  • Rider Weight Limit: 15 stone (95 kilograms)
  • Horse Height Range: 14.2 hands to 17.1 hands
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Appaloosa, Irish Sport Horse, Thoroughbred x Irish Draught, Irish Sport Horse x Welsh Cob, Thoroughbred, and Clydesdale

Meet the instructors

Hayley
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Highlights

  • 3 half days riding
  • "Connect with your horse" workshop
  • Rides over North Hill and NT Holnicote Estate
  • 12 miles of woodland and moorland riding per day
  • Daily full English breakfasts and light lunches
  • Visit the famous village of Selworthy
  • 2 nights Bed & Breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:30
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

Exmoor Riding is a delightful homely farmhouse bed and breakfast in Exmoor, a 15th-century national trust farmhouse, within Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Porlock Vale.

Exmoor Riding, situated within Exmoor National Park, steeped in history, is a house that tells its own story. Exmoor Riding is in a conservation area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a National Trust property within the Exmoor National Park. If you are looking for a peaceful break, in an old farmhouse, eco-friendly, with activities and local natural history, then you will love staying there.

The bedrooms 1 - Foxes Den

This room is the 'best room' with character and comfort in mind, with separate private shower room. The double / triple (double bed and single bed) bedroom overlooks the garden and hills beyond, while the shower room has an amazing view over the yard with the stables and horses. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing, this room can also be let with an additional small bed or travel cot.

The bedrooms 2 - Badgers Sett

A delightful double room with beautiful views overlooking the garden, woods, and hills opposite. There is a private shower room along the corridor with basin and separate shower. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in-room with TV.

This room is also available with a triple room downstairs Otters Holt for additional family members sharing the same facilities.

The bedrooms 3 - Otters Holt

This is the largest room downstairs running from front to back of the house with plenty of space for the whole family. This room has two single beds and one double bed for larger families. Otters Holt can be let on its own, with use of the upstairs shower room or let with Badgers Sett.

The farmhouse was probably originally the Manor of Bossington, and has many fascinating historical features, including the open-hall house design of the medieval period. Built around 1456, roughly at the same time as the Chapel of Ease on the same ground, with reclamation and restoration through every century since, the house shows a great deal of charm and character.

  • Single rooms available
  • Double rooms available
  • Family room available

Program

We live at West Lynch Farm, a stunningly beautiful medieval farm at the heart of the 12,500 acre National Trust Holnicote Estate, within the Exmoor National Park, surrounded by 400 miles of bridleways over several stunning hills. It is ideal for riding and walking, and we want to share this amazing area with you. The following itinerary is a guide for your 2-night, 3-day riding holiday with us at Exmoor Riding, situated between the small hamlets of Allerford and Bossington. However the program, length of stay and selection of activities can be altered to best suit yourselves and could also include one of our Bird of Prey Activities, or visit the Afternoon Flying Display. We want you to enjoy and have a great well earned break with us.

For walkers, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts there are also numerous local walks along the coast and inland over National Trust Holnicote Estate, Dunkery Beacon, the ancient oak woods of Horner, the bird paradise of Porlock Marsh, and beautiful walks along the South West Coast Path. If you wish to change the itinerary activity, or lengthen or shorten your time with us, please let us know at the time of booking so we can best accommodate you and your preferred choices.

Day 1

Arrive lunchtime for a quick bite to eat from our center lunchtime menu. We will show you to your room and this is followed by a two and a half hour ride over North Hill on one of our quality, gentle but responsive horses. You will be challenged by steep woodland climbs, marvel at the amazing views over Exmoor from the top of the hills, and views towards the South Wales coastline. There will be amazing canters along grassy tracks, and the occasional gallop if you wish. On return down again you will visit the famous village of Selworthy, and stop outside the Selworthy Church for a local ice cream (when available). Approximately 10 miles of woodland and moorland riding straight from the farm.

On return to the farmhouse, you will be able to indulge in an Exmoor Cream Tea in the garden, (or if inclement weather in the farmhouse). Several local options for eating out in Porlock or Mindhead are available for your evening meal.

Day 2

Wake up to a full English breakfast, or cereal, yoghurt, toast and fruit to start your day ready for the morning ride of two and a half hours over Webbers Post through rivers, tracks, woods, and moor. Webbers Post offers a different kind of habitat with rushing rivers to cross, long cantering tracks, and amazing views from this famous viewpoint. You could have an ice cream stop at Horner Tea Gardens. It will be approximately 10 miles of riding.

During the afternoon we offer a Gentle Horse and Rider Workshop to include close-contact in-hand work, horse agility, join up, de-sensitisation work, lungeing, loose schooling, core breathing control and grounding, and liberty work in our purpose built wood chip arena and our liberty paddock.

This will be followed by a cream tea to complete your day with us.

Or, as an alternative to the above Day 2 programme, you could have a full-day picnic ride over the hills surrounding our farm of approximately 16 miles of riding, followed by a well-deserved glass of wine on return (it's a tradition!) NB - The full day ride is only available to experienced regular riders (at least weekly), and is subject to availability at time of booking.

Day 3

Wake up to a full English breakfast to start your day ready for another morning ride over surrounding Exmooor hills with amazing views of South Wales, Porlock Vale and Dunkery Beacon, mainly moorland riding. It will be approximately 10-12 miles riding. Lunch will be provided on return.

Horses

Exmoor Riding has eight beautiful horses at the stables, to suit all riders of any ability. All of the horses are used to riding barefoot, bitless, and treeless. Exmoor Riding considers this to be a gentle and natural approach to riding, and they all respond well to gentle instruction and kind horsemanship.

The horses are quality happy horses, and are fit and forward going, not suitable for novice riders. They have all spent their entire riding lives with Exmoor Riding and are used to the tough terrain and steep hills.Riders must be able to control a horse in walk, rising trot, and canter. Below are the names of the horses:

Our horses available for riding are:

  • Juta
  • Archie
  • Sirrus
  • Papoose
  • Pebbles
  • Tom
  • Exmoor Riding also have other horses at the farm on rehabilitation and retirement.

Included excursions

Half Day Rides over North Hill, Selworthy Beacon, Grabbist Hill, Blackford Farm, Webbers Post, Dunkery Beacon, Ley Hill or Porlock Hill

Workshop in the arena and horse agility area - Gentle Horse and Rider Workshop

Instructors

Hayley Fowler
Hayley has been working with horses for many years of her working life in many different yards and has settled with Exmoor Riding working in harmony with the horses in hand, agility, free schooling, and taking excellent rides out over beautiful Exmoor. She is a competent rider and although the horse comes first, she looks after all her riders in an exemplary way, ensuring that everyone feels safe, confident, and happy. Hayley is highly trained in child care with many of these skills transferred to horses and their riders.

Location

Exmoor Riding is situated within the grounds of Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, just one mile from Porlock and five miles west of Minehead. Exmoor Riding has access to hundreds of miles of off-road riding through woodland and over moorland, with spectacular views of the sea and across the moor to Devon and Cornwall.

Exmoor Riding is situated in the sheltered Porlock Vale, nestled at the foot of North Hill, with the sea to the northwest, and surrounded by glorious riding country all around. The terrain is quite challenging in places and the horses are kept working fit to cope with this. Exmoor Riding is in the heart of the National Trust Holnicote Estate, originally developed as a hunting estate, but not leaving an amazing tapestry of trails and tracks for riding. This too is within the Exmoor National Park, renowned for some of the best riding country in the world.

Several takeaways, pubs, and restaurants are a short walk away in the delightful village of Porlock with menus to suit every dietary requirement.

Nearby places

  • Minehead, 5 miles
  • Porlock, 1 mile
  • Nearest village - Porlock - 1 mile
  • Nearest town - Minehead - 5 miles
  • Nearest large town - Bridgwater - 30 miles; Taunton - 30 miles

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

Food

Breakfast

  • Full English or Continental, includes Yoghurt, fruit juice, cereals, fruit, tea coffee, cooked breakfast, toast.

Lunch

  • Sandwiches, baguettes, salads, cakes, ice creams,
  • Tea and cake and cream teas.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

Barefoot and bitless riding over Exmoor

Bird of Prey and Owl Flying Experiences

Local walks to the sea and across Porlock Marsh

Afternoon Flying displays

What's included

  • 3 days' riding
  • 2 hours of 'connect with your horse' workshop
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and lunch

What's not included

  • Evening meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by car

From M5 jnct 23 through Bridgwater to Minehead on A39, continue past Minehead for 5 miles (7kms) to Allerford, turn right at Allerford, through the village, along the lane for 1km and we are situated on the left hand side just past the Chapel of Ease.

By bus

28 from Taunton to Minehead, then Bus 10 towards Porlock to Allerford, then walk along the lane.

By taxi

From Taunton to the door.

Nearest bus or train station Taunton.

From North or Mid Devon, cross Exmoor to Porlock, then through the village, straight on when the main road bends around to the right. Travel down Bossington lane to the end green, turn right, over the little bridge, and we are on the right hand side on the short straight piece of road.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 28 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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