Treat yourself to a luxury riding holiday in England and enjoy a fabulous horseback adventure unlocking the secrets of Dartmoor, one of the UK’s last wilderness regions. On high quality, forward going horses, you’ll be guided on horseback through stunning scenery, past prehistoric settlements, and through some of Europe’s finest examples of the Bronze Age. This experience offers the ultimate escape to delight all the senses and reinvigorates mind, body, and soul. It combines exhilarating riding with a stay at Bovey Castle and use of their flagship spa for rejuvenating treatments. Enjoy a luxury riding holiday!
Bovey Castle is a world-class hotel in the heart of Dartmoor and the epitome of country house elegance. The hotel is set in a 275-acre estate and offers an 18 hole championship golf course, spa, a bistro, and the Great Western Restaurant in honor of the Great Western Railway company that first transformed the building from a private house to a world-class hotel.
You’ll spend the first full day exploring Dartmoor with one of the experienced guides. You’ll ride across wide open grasslands, passing famous Tors, wooded areas, and rugged moorland. Dartmoor offers a huge variety of terrain ideal for adventurous riders. The second day will give you the opportunity to indulge your passions with a choice of three activities. You will enjoy the thrill of the chase with a fast-paced ride led by one of the guides and often accompanied by an expert on horseback.
This will be a challenging ride at a fast pace that will give you the chance to truly test your skills on horseback and appreciate this magnificent landscape. Alternatively, you can choose to discover more of Dartmoor with a quieter day of trail riding or opt for a more relaxing half-day ride followed by a blissful afternoon in the spa. Whether you choose to bring your own horse or hire one of Liberty Trails, from the moment you arrive, you’ll be treated to luxurious hospitality, attention to detail, and outstanding service.
This is a unique break especially for accomplished confident riders looking for an exceptional experience on horseback. Groups are exclusive and intimate with a minimum of two riders making this the ideal getaway for couples or small groups of friends. You’ll need to be comfortable riding forward going well-schooled horses at all paces in wide open spaces. You’ll experience the focused attention of the team who will make you the center of the world for the time you are with Liberty Trails for the duration of your stay.
The adventure will begin with a Land Rover transfer from Bovey Castle to the Liberty Trails stable yard. After a full day trail riding and lunch at a remote beauty spot, you’ll return to Bovey Castle to relax with a reviving spa treatment before enjoying dinner in one of the hotel’s stylish restaurants. You can bring your own horse or hire a superb, agile, and intelligent American Quarter Horse with either English or Western Saddle. Packages typically last three nights with a two-day ride and up to five hours in the saddle each day covering up to 25 miles, but since the service is entirely bespoke, any aspect can be tailored to your needs.
The stable yards have large roomy stables for horses up to 17 hands and offer a choice of straw or shavings or chopped reap straw as bedding. Hay and horsehage are available and Liberty Trails has accounts with local feed merchants for you to pre-order hard feed. These are collected and delivered on request and charged to a credit card at cost plus 15%.
If you bring your own horse, you’re responsible for the care of your horse, saddlery, and other belongings. The Liberty Trails crew will take care of the stable work, overnight security, and early morning feed, but it’s your responsibility to make sure your mount is ready to ride out on time. If you hire a horse as part of your Liberty Trails experience, they’ll take care of it and will make sure it’s ready to ride out on time. Liberty Trails also has a specialist farrier who is available when required.
This horse riding holiday will take place in Dartmoor, UK. Dartmoor National Park is, quite simply, spectacular. The landscape here has changed little for thousands of years; exploring it on horseback is almost like stepping into the past. With its ancient woodlands, high granite tors, winding valleys, sparkling streams and vast tracts of rolling moorland at more than 368 square miles, it’s the largest and wildest area of open country in the south of England.
Wherever you look, you’ll find evidence of how man has farmed and lived on Dartmoor for 12,000 years, leaving his indelible mark on a landscape that is as rich and diverse in its traditions and folklore as it is in its flora and fauna. As you ride across Dartmoor, you’ll discover remnants of our ancient past scattered across the landscape: a solitary standing stone, a circle of granite boulders, or an ancient cross. It’s a land that’s full of myths and legends, a land that holds endless stories.
Dartmoor itself is ever-changing: no two days are the same, and the weather and light can transform dramatically through the course of a day. With sweeping vistas, vast blue skies and unforgettable drama, Dartmoor is unlike anywhere else in the UK. It has a character all of its own - sometimes bleak and windswept, other times sun-kissed and crisp. With spectacular sunrises, birdsong, heather-carpeted hills and flower-strewn hedgerows, it’s a feast for all the senses - a perfect antidote to the stress of modern life.
Stephen Spielberg’s epic film War Horse was filmed on Dartmoor, and it was the setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles. It’s not hard to see why this magnificent landscape has provided so much inspiration over the years. Dartmoor casts its spell over many who visit, drawing them back again and again.
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