When you book your holiday you can choose the riding itinerary to suit you and what you enjoy best.
The list is indeed endless as there are so many routes to explore in the area. Here’s a few suggestions but you can ring and talk to Lynn personally to put together the holiday of your dreams.
Stoodleigh, Woodland and Oakford (routes from 1hr to 4hrs riding time)
There’s some great short and half day rides through Stoodleigh and around the local tracks and bws. One of the best routes is through local woods packed with wildlife and very quiet.
We can take numerous different tracks and wind our way up to the village of Oakford which has a pub at which we could find a little refreshment. We could return via a different route, not retracing our steps once to return to the farm.
Day Ride to Cove (approx 5hrs riding time)
We stay in the Exe valley and experience its quiet charm and wonderful wildlife of deer, birds of prey, wild flowers and plunging valley sides of woodland and farmland. The ride follows a quiet lane down to Cove through blue bell woods, crosses the road to Dulverton and Exmoor and then climbs up through the village. Here we pick up a bridleway across fields, cross a stream and then enter Bickleigh Woods picking up various tracks as we climb the valley side.
We then cross two farms to pick the road which takes round to our lunch stop. We can hitch up the horses and have lunch whilst they’re resting, and then make our way back again on a different route through the woods.
It’s a really pleasant ride and each stretch is about two-and-a-half hours with half-an-hour for lunch.
We have many different local rides to explore all offering different challenges of terrain and county lanes with some breathtaking scenery mainly lasting for 2-2.5 hours each. If you prefer we can load a couple of horses into the trailer and make our way to the following areas to enjoy the rides detailed below…
Tarr Steps Day Ride (approx 4 to 6hrs riding time depending on route chosen)
If we have back up, it’s a linear route across southern Exmoor, from East Anstey to Winsford, without back up we ride a circular route from Winsford. This ride has it all; beautiful woodland, vast open moorland with far reaching views, stunning villages, cute Exmoor ponies roaming wild, river crossings, optional fallen logs to jump, optional drop steps to negotiate, optional gallop stretches, rolling foothills, historical landmarks and of course the pub, the Tarr Farm Inn and the magical clapper bridge of Tarr Steps. The ride can be challenging or easier paths can be chosen and whichever ways we follow, the day promises to be special.
Wimbleball Lake Circular (approx 4hrs riding time)
Box to Wimbleball and ride around the reservoir. Beautiful scenery, Exmoor ponies and bird life. Plenty of canter stretches and quiet lanes make up this ride which roughly follows the lake shore. Finish through the woods and past the impressive damn.
Beach and Dunes Ride
Braunton Burrows is a magical place. So magical that in fact it is Britain’s first UNESCO biosphere reserve, a world heritage site and is the largest area of sand dunes in England. It has over 400 different wild flowers and 33 species of butterflies all living within the constantly changing landscape. Reportedly there is also an old chapel buried somewhere under the dunes, but not even the rabbits have found it. In more recent history the American troops practiced here for the Normandy landings and the MoD still practise today in the dunes. Luckily live firing is indicated by red flags, but pack your body protectors just in case!
We box the horses to a car park halfway down the dune system. A bridleway and tracks take you along the coast down to the beach just North of Crow point, from here miles of beach stretch out in front of you and lovely clean water to splash about in. We can pack a picnic and spend a few hours enjoying the coast.
Numerous rides across Exmoor. Depending on whether we’ve a box driver we can be dropped off and picked up or can ride to Exmoor and into the park from here at the farm and then be boxed back. If no box driver, it’s still a lovely ride over to Wimbleball Lake and back again in a large circular ride, travelling through woods and along green lanes, using quiet country lanes to link the routes together.
You’ll be sure to come across red deer and at the lake a herd of Exmoor ponies do roam, so keep your eyes peeled!