Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday in UK

Enjoy this unforgettable all-in-one riding experience in the UK! The horses and ponies know the terrain well and will ensure you have an unforgettable riding experience, whether it is discovering Poldark country or a ride along the scenic Camel Trail. This week-long holiday gives you plenty of time on the saddle but there is time out of the saddle too to discover King Arthur's Tintagel Castle and explore the bustling fishing harbor of Padstow. The spacious converted stables give you every comfort, from en-suite shower and bathrooms to underfloor heating and a fully-equipped kitchen. Enjoy some the best horse riding in Cornwall through Bodmin Moor. A designated area of Outstanding natural beauty.

Highlights

  • 5 days of trail rides
  • Ride across ancient bridges and streams
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 to 6 hours
  • Ride to Rough Tor, the second highest point in Cornwall
  • 2 afternoon excursions with transport by taxi
  • Breakfasts and picnic lunches
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Parking lot

You will be accommodated in one of the converted stable cottages opposite the yard at Hallagena Riding. Both are extremely light and spacious with en-suite facilities to each bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen, underfloor heating, and an outdoor seating area. Both cottages are spacious and boast a clean, modern decor inside with underfloor heating and wooden flooring throughout.

Trippett Cottage

Trippet Cottage has a large, open-plan lounge and dining area, with a fully fitted and equipped kitchen, a double room with en-suite wet room and a twin room with en-suite wet room. With its comfortable leather sofas, cozy underfloor heating, 32-inch widescreen HD Freeview TV, and fully equipped kitchen containing a double oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, and washer dryer, it’s a fantastic place to enjoy a Cornish holiday with family or friends, as well as getting the chance to experience the wonderful horse riding Bodmin Moor has to offer. There is also a parking space for one car. Trippett Cottage sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms.

Jubilee Cottage

Jubilee Cottage has a large, open-plan lounge and dining area, with a fully fitted and equipped kitchen, a double room with en-suite wet room, a twin room with en-suite shower room, and a family bath / shower room, which is en-suite to a further double / twin room. With its comfortable leather sofas, cozy underfloor heating, 32-inch widescreen HD Freeview TV, and fully equipped kitchen containing a double oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, and washer dryer, it’s a fantastic place to enjoy a Cornish holiday with family or friends, as well as getting the chance to experience the wonderful horse riding on Bodmin Moor. There is also parking for two cars and a patio / picnic area. Jubilee Cottage sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms.

Hallagena Riding UK Horse Riding Holiday Program

You'll ride across ancient bridges and streams, through forests, and along ancient trails. You might stop for a pub lunch at the Blisland Inn which overlooks Cornwall's only village green or enjoy a cream tea close to the highest point in Cornwall at a traditional moorland farm. Each day, a different trail ride will give you a real insight into life on Bodmin Moor and a chance for some unforgettable riding. When not in the saddle, North Cornwall offers beautiful beaches, pretty fishing villages, ancient manor houses, and welcoming pubs to explore and enjoy. There are also surf schools at nearby beaches for more active time out of the saddle.

Miles and miles of wide open space to be discovered on horseback, Bodmin Moor provides an ever-changing terrain and lots of opportunities to canter and gallop along the way. You will discover Poldark Country, riding through the countryside which featured in the recent popular BBC TV series. Poldark's home of Nampara lies just two miles from Hallagenna and whilst a private residence where you can ride is close by to enjoy the same scenery.

Hallagena Riding has put together a week-long itinerary for five days in the saddle, experiencing some of the best trail riding available in the country. The week is offered on a half-board basis with a full cooked or continental breakfast prepared in your cottage and a daily picnic lunch. You can then dine in one of many nearby pubs (not included) as suggested below. You can also make the most of the proximity to both coasts of Cornwall with two suggested half day trips to Tintagel and Padstow.

Itinerary

This week gives you a flavor of the varied and exciting riding available around Bodmin Moor but you can amend the week to suit your requirements.

Day 1

You will be picked up from either Bodmin Parkway train station or Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) if required. Arrival will be at Hallagenna in the heart of Bodmin Moor. You will settle into your modern, comfortable converted stable accommodation. There will be a welcome from your hosts. You will then have a tour of the yard and time to meet the horses and talk through the program for your stay. Dinner will be at a local pub, The Old Inn in Saint Breward.

Day 2

Breakfast will be prepared in your cottage. After breakfast, you will have one-hour riding assessment in the outside arena to pair you with the most suitable horse for your stay. There will be a mid-morning ride out around Casehill Common over Casehill and up to Alex Tor (coastal viewing spot on a clear day). You will return to Hallagenna for lunch before setting off on an afternoon ride around Ivy Common and Candra, “Poldark Country” (approximately two to three hours riding). Dinner will be at The Saint Mabyn Inn, serving locally sourced traditional meals.

Day 3

After a hearty breakfast, you will head out through Ladydown Common, through the stony outcrop of Casehill to Alex Tor. Riding over Camperdown to Stannon and over the ancient packhorse bridge, you will then continue the riding through the old carriage lanes to Watergate. From here, you take the byway towards Roughtor, climbing up past Neolithic settlements over the back of Roughtor (passing a memorial to the Wessex Regiment). With Showery Tor to your left, you get the full impact of Brown Willy (the highest point in Cornwall). Passing the ancient hut circles and field settlements, you head off towards Casehill Downs heading home to Hallagenna (three to four hours riding). You will then return to Hallagenna at midday, ready for a light lunch before setting out to nearby Tintagel, fabled home to King Arthur. Enjoy your dinner at the nearby Port William pub, famous for smuggling.

Day 4

Breakfast will be prepared before saddling up for a morning ride. You will take some different scenery along the Woodland trail, explore the wooded valleys of the Camel River to Helland bridge, then return through Helligan woods. You will up to Blisland Pub for lunch where the horses can graze on one of the only village greens in Cornwall.

After lunch, you will head out to Pendrift, passing Jubilee Rock where locals have recorded every monarch’s reign and jubilee since King George by carving Coats of Arms on a very large piece of granite rock. You will ride over the top to Kerrow downs through the river at Delphi bridge and back home to Hallagenna (five to six hours). After an hour or so to get your breath to relax and have a nice cup of tea, you head out to the Saint Mabyn Inn for your evening meal in another delightful traditional local pub for some locally supplied produce and real ales.

Day 5

Today, the Cream Tea Trail takes you out across the Candra to Alex Tor, from where you can take in the breathtaking moorland views, reaching as far as the North Cornwall Coast. You then ride on to Rough Tor, which at 1,313 feet, is the second highest point in Cornwall. Over Swallow’s Hill, you will pass the woodland plantation to Davidstow Moor and Crowdy Reservoir, one of North Cornwall’s main water supply reservoirs and home to a wildlife reserve.

There will be a stop at Roughtor farm for a traditional Cornish cream tea. After that, you will then ride through a byway of bronze age built stonewalling. Through a narrow windy lane back up to Newton Common, you ride passing further stone circles and ancient signs of settlements before coming to Casehill Downs. Through an ancient Neolithic or early Bronze Age ceremonial site, you then head home to Hallagenna (five to six hours). An evening meal can be enjoyed at the nearby Saint Tudy Inn.

Day 6

After breakfast, you will then off onto another hidden corner of the Moor through the Smugglers Trail. You will head off to Delphi and pick up the trail through Manor and Carbaglet. After that, you will return to Hallagenna at midday before heading off to one of the most famous and picturesque villages in Cornwall, Padstow, where there are plenty of interesting shops, boutiques, and tea rooms to browse. There are also a number of pubs, cafes, and eateries to choose from for lunch or do as the locals do and enjoy a traditional pasty sitting on the quayside. Alternatively, you can head down to the beach, catch a ferry, and enjoy your evening meal overlooking the Estuary.

Day 7

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your horse and your hosts before transfers and departure.

Included excursions

Two afternoons are free during the week with transport by taxi to nearby Tintagel, reputed home to King Arthur. His castle is an atmospheric ruin on an outcrop with amazing views of the Atlantic. Tintagel also boasts plenty of shops, coast path walks, and a ninth century church. Dinner is taken at the nearby Port William pub which is famous for its smuggling history and located overlooking the beach at Trebarwith Strand.

The second afternoon is free to explore popular Padstow, a bustling fishing village famous for its fine dining with plenty of shops, boat trips, and historic Prideaux Place ancient manor house. Evening meals are taken in a variety of fantastic local pubs, giving you the chance to explore some of the nearby local villages.

Instructors

Jen Cootes
Jen has grown up around horses, competing at the pony and riding club level since the age of 10. Beginning her training life with three years at the Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire, Jen has spent the past 9 years training and competing at some of the best yards in England. She has evented in the USA and experienced training in Spain, expanding her equine knowledge and experience in various areas of the equine world. She now manages the yard at Hallagenna alongside her team of Riding Escorts and Assistants.

Location

Hallagenna Riding lies in the heart of beautiful Bodmin Moor, in the far South West of England, one of the last great wildernesses in the UK. The breathtaking scenery is a fantastic backdrop for traffic-free riding on open moorland with forests, rivers, rocky outcrops, and signs of ancient civilization.

Hallagenna feels like a thousand miles away from the hustle and bustle yet is only 10 minutes from the main A30 dual carriageway, 10 minutes from the center of Bodmin with all its amenities, and under half an hour to the North Coast beaches. The local village of Saint Breward has a local shop and post office and also an excellent pub. Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) is around 40 minutes away and Exeter is around an hour away.

Nearby places

  • Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) - 40 minutes
  • Exeter - 1 hour
  • Lanhydrock and Pencarrow - 20 minutes' drive
  • North Coast beaches - less than half an hour
  • The center of Bodmin - 10 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Patio

Services

  • Parking lot

Food

Hallagena Riding offers a full English or continental breakfast each morning to set you up for the day's riding ahead, including bacon, sausages, eggs, toasts, cereals, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, and fresh juices. Hallagena Riding also offers complimentary hot drinks in your kitchen to help yourself. Lunch is either a picnic during the trail ride or back at the cottages and may include a Cornish pasty, sandwiches, or soup. Evening meals (not included in itinerary price) can be taken in one of the carefully-selected numbers of local pubs featuring the best of Cornish cuisine or fish and chips can be arranged if requested. Evening meals are typical but delicious. Pub fare and costs vary depending on menu choice, from 8 GBP for a sandwich to around 15 GBP for the main meal. Special diets can be catered for with advance notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

When not in the saddle, there are so many things to do within a short driving distance from Hallagenna. You can explore the charming fishing port of Port Isaac, home to Doc Martin and a pretty place to spend an afternoon or surf the beaches of the North Coast close by. Polzeath and Trebarwith Strand are ideal for a stroll or a surf lesson. The Eden Project is also within easy reach. Cornwall also has plenty of historic houses, including Lanhydrock and Pencarrow which are both within 20 minutes' drive. In addition, We there are a number of spas close by. If you are keen to arrange a spa visit, Hallagena Riding can arrange this for you. Walking, cycling, Fishing, and other activities are also available in the local area.

What's included

  • 5-day guided trail rides
  • 2 afternoon excursions with transport
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts and picnic lunches
  • Soft and hot drinks
  • Cornish Cream tea on arrival and during the Cream Tea Trail Ride
  • Assistance on train station or Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) transfers
  • Transfers to and from the pubs for dinner

What's not included

  • Evening meals at the pubs
  • Train station or Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) transfers

How to get there

Driving directions from Launceston

  • Take the A30 towards Bodmin.
  • After the Jamaica Inn exit continue until you see an exit to Saint Breward and Temple.
  • Exit the A30 and follow the signs to Saint Breward until the road narrows.
  • Then you will need to go around the sharp Lefthand bend at Bradford and continue.
  • Take the next right turning to Saint Breward.
  • Continue to follow the signposts to Saint Breward. You will eventually go over a river bridge.
  • After a mile or so, you will go over a cattle grid.
  • Hallagenna is on the righthand side after the Cattlegrid.
  • If you get to Saint Breward before you see Hallagenna, find the brown horseshoe signs which are on the main road through the village which will bring you to Hallagenna Farm if followed.

Driving directions from Camelford, Bodmin, and Wadebridge

  • Hallagenna Farm is signposted off the B3266 Camelford to Bodmin Road at the first Saint Breward turning you come across from the Camelford direction.
  • Follow the brown and white horseshoe signs.

Arrival by train

Transfers can be arranged from Bodmin Parkway railway station (20 minutes) with the local taxi driver at an extra cost. Payment is in cash directly to the driver.

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 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • October 1 - April 30

 

Middle season
  • May 1 - June 30
  • September 1 - 30

 

High season
  • July 1 - August 31

 

Pricing information

Hallagenna Riding can also offer discounts for groups of more than four riders and non-riders can also be accommodated at a reduced price upon request.

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