Dartmoor Short Break

3 Days  |  From £820pp

England ( Best airport: Exeter)

Ride superb Quarter horses cowboy fashion, viewing the spectacular Dartmoor landscape. You will be guided on a different ride each day with long canters and beautiful lunch stops in stunning scenery.

The Riding

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.

Each day you’ll explore awe-inspiring granite tors, wild valleys and untamed rivers, if you’re lucky you may even spot the occasional herd of wild ponies and their playful foals. This trail involves riding well off the beaten track where there are no roads or fences to slow you down.

Level of Riding and Fitness

This is a progressive trail ride for intermediate riders onwards. You should be confident riding at a walk, trot and canter in open countryside. Riders should be relaxed in the saddle and ride with soft hands. Riders do need to be reasonably fit as there is between 4-6 hours in the saddle each riding day. Hard hats and boots with a heel are compulsory at this destination.

Age range is 18 to 65, experienced 14 – 17 year olds are accepted if accompanied by a riding parent/guardian. Upper age limit is discretionary depending on rider fitness and experience. The maximum weight is 15 Stone (95kg).

Guides and Group Size

Your guides, Phil and Mandy, are experienced local farmers with a herd of around fifteen horses to offer guests. This destination specialises in a personal, laid back trail experience.

Maximum number of riders in a group is 8.

The Horses

There is a selection of fantastic Quarter Horses at this ranch. Known for their calm attitude and appetite for work, all are western trained, very sure footed, a pleasure to ride and cross the terrain with ease. Heights range from 14:3 to 16:2hh. Your hosts for this ride often start and back their own horses to suit the type of work, all must be sensible with good manners. In total there are 15 horses.

Tack and Riding Equipment

The tack is all Western, you’ll also be provided with saddle bags for carrying daily essentials.

Dartmoor Crossing
Dartmoor Crossing

Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation is provided at either a local hotel or at the hosts farm (see Glamping). Hotels range from a beautifully traditional 16th century Devonshire pub with rooms to a welcoming bolthole perched on the banks of the West Dart River, with beautiful countryside in every direction. Rooms are twin or double with en suite (single rooms available for a supplement). All rooms include towels and Wifi.

Breakfasts at the hotel are usually buffet style offering a choice of a more continental breakfast such as pastries, cereal, yogurt, fruit or a traditional full English; bacon, eggs, beans toast etc. Lunch is a picnic eaten at a picturesque spot on the trail that includes sandwiches, crisps, fruit and a biscuit. Dinner is not included but can be provided by the accommodation you stay at (usually modern British cuisine such as fish and chips, burgers, pies) or at other local eateries which your host will be happy to recommend to you. Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.

Glamping
There are three ‘shepherd hut’ style accommodations. Each are very cosy, one has a double bed, one has two singles, one is a smaller single. Each has a wood-burning stove (wood provided) table and chairs and seating. Outside there is a fire-pit with utensils etc for open air cooking. Linen is supplied. There is also a hot camp shower, sink and compost loo next to the huts. Guests also have use of our beautiful guest lodge with kitchen/diner bathroom etc. We provide the ingredients for your breakfast, bread, cereals, milk etc and we provide lunch on riding days.
We don’t provide an evening meal, guests can cook their own meals on the camp fire or eat out at one of many local eateries.

Itinerary

Dartmoor Short Break

3 days / 2 nights / 2 days riding
£820pp

Stays can be:
2 nights: arrive and depart any days
3 nights; arrive Sun evening depart after riding Wed pm
6 nights; arrive Sun evening, depart Sat morning

Extra nights are available @ £70pp (shared room) £100pp (single occupancy)

2024 Prices
2 nights – 2  days on horseback
Hotel option;
£880 pp based on 2 sharing,
£990 for single occupancy

On farm ‘glamping’ option
£820 per person

3 nights – 3  days on horseback
Hotel option:
£1170pp based on 2 sharing,
£1,300 for single occupancy

On farm ‘glamping’ option
£1080 per person

6 nights – 5 days on horseback
Hotel option:
£1,720pp based on 2 sharing,
£1,930 for single occupancy

On farm ‘glamping’ option
£1,580 per person

2025 Prices

2025 Prices
Extra nights are available @ £80pp (shared room) £110pp (single occupancy)

2 nights – 2  days on horseback
Hotel option;
£930 pp based on 2 sharing,
£1040 for single occupancy

On farm ‘glamping’ option
£860 per person

3 nights – 3  days on horseback
Hotel option:
£1230pp based on 2 sharing,
£1,370 for single occupancy

On farm ‘glamping’ option
£1140 per person

6 nights – 5 days on horseback
Hotel option:
£1,800pp based on 2 sharing,
£2,030 for single occupancy

On farm ‘glamping’ option
£1,660 per person

Flights & Airport transfers
The closest airport is Exeter. Return transfers from Exeter Airport, train or bus station from £150 per booking. Please plan to arrive at Exeter after 2pm on the first day of your holiday. Depart after 9am on the last day of your holiday. There is also a train that runs from Exeter to Okehampton; a return ticket is in the region of £10. Transfers from Okehampton station to the accommodation are £20 return.

Price Includes
  • 2 full days of riding
  • Trail riding horse, tack and saddlebags
  • Twin/double room
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Tea, coffee and mineral water
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Evening meals
  • Drinks