Explore Dartmoor: A family riding holiday

Explore Dartmoor: A family riding holiday from Equestrian Escapes

By: Equestrian Escapes  09/06/2010
Keywords: horse riding, riding school, riding holidays


This holiday is totally flexible with the number of night’s stay, accommodation, riding opportunities and extra activities. Equestrian Escapes aims to tailor it’s holidays as close as possible to your every whim.

The three choices of accommodation for this excursion to Devon are a delightful Farmhouse B&B, cozy, quaint and quiet! There is a four star hotel, with a great Spa on site for those who need a time out from everything. Also, last but not least is the option of a nice self-catering cottage ideal for a family who wants a home away from home. The itinerary is as follows:

Day One, arrive into Devonshire and settle into your Dartmoor accommodation. The West Country is known well for its hospitality and you shan’t be disappointed. As you pull into this phenomenal example of extremely distinct, characteristically unique English countryside I ask of you to hark back to The Hound of the Baskervilles. For this is the same country that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write one of his most fascinating and terrifying Sherlock Holmes books. Eat out tonight in one of the many local choices of restaurants and pubs.

Day Two, after a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast it is time to saddle up! The riding centre is a mere five minutes drive away unless you have chosen to stay at the cottage which is only a short walk. The kids program runs from 10-4pm every day and during this time the children will be carefully supervised as they ride twice and learn a little about stable management and the responsibilities of caring for animals as substantial as horses and ponies. Adults can have a lesson in the morning and a hack in the afternoon (which can be arranged to coincide with picking up the kids) both of which are great chance to experience this countryside most bizarre.

Day Three begins with breakfast and then the age groups will peel off towards their riding plans. Children enjoy the stables and adults can survey the heathland with spectacular, and at points, panoramic views which encompass the coastline (suitable for chilly swimming) epic moors. This evening why not go out for a full a la carte meal.

Day Four, this marks the last stable day for the children and by now you should find that they are little experts in their field! The adults that have chosen to ride all holiday may wish to either take a long walk (there are a variety of difficulties) along the majestic Jurassic coast or heathlands.

Day Five rolls around the corner and brings with it the day of departure. Before you completely evacuate Devon however it is worth seeing the Botanical Gardens of Bicton Park or even the Escot centre which has birds of prey, a maze and an aquatic centre. Then return home and write a happy testimonial for Equestrian Escapes, spilling the beans on all of the holiday fun!

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