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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 and 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wake up to a full English breakfast to start your day ready for the morning ride over Ley Hill or Porlock Hill with amazing views of South Wales, Porlock Vale and Dunkery Beacon, mainly moorland riding. It will be approximately 12 miles’ riding. Lunch will be provided on return.
On the afternoon, you are free to explore and discover the local area or stay at the farm and enjoy the facilities of Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, which offers a flying display on a Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a cream tea to complete your stay with us and then sadly time for you to make the return journey home.
NB: Routes may be subject to change according to weather and terrain, and riding abilities/ages of our riders.
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. Below are the names of the horses:
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.
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
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.
28 from Taunton to Minehead, then Bus 10 towards Porlock to Allerford, then walk along the lane.
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.
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