The Dartmoor Crossing

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ2140pp

England ( Best airport: Exeter)

A progressive ride around Dartmoor staying at different B&Bโ€™s and hotels each night. A unique riding adventure, youโ€™ll enjoy fabulous horse riding across the Dartmoor landscape on high quality, forward going Quarter horses. Youโ€™ll be guided through incredible scenery, past prehistoric settlements, neolithic stone circles, ancient tin mines and beautiful forestry, this trail is a real showcase of Dartmoorโ€™s natural beauty.

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 youโ€™ll explore awe-inspiring granite tors, wild valleys and untamed rivers, if youโ€™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 โ€“ 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, youโ€™ll also be provided with saddle bags for carrying daily essentials. In total you will cover around 130kms on this trail.

Dartmoor Crossing
Dartmoor Crossing

Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation is provided at different B&Bโ€™s and hotels each night. These 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 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.

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The Dartmoor Crossing

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Single occupancy 2024 – ยฃ259

Flights & Airport transfers

The closest airport is Exeter. Return transfers from Exeter Airport, train or bus station from ยฃ150 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 ยฃ10. Transfers from Okehampton station to the accommodation are ยฃ20 return.

Price Includes
  • 5 full days of riding
  • Trail riding horse, tack and saddlebags
  • Twin/double room
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Tea, coffee and mineral water
  • Visit to local attraction (Aug/Sept departures)
  • Luggage transfer
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Evening meals
  • Drinks