Devon, and especially the south of the county such as Dartmouth and Dartmoor, is an excellent location for horse-riding, thanks to the glorious environments and beaches that you can trot through.
As well as that, there are many fantastic and professional tours dotted around the area that allow you to ride these majestic and beautiful animals, with tours being suitable for both first timers and seasoned riders. The following are some of the best horse-riding tours in Devon.
Cholwell Riding Stables
Cholwell is a family-run business situated between Okehampton and Tavistock, giving it easy access to the famous moors of the region. The stable has been providing both lessons and escorted rides on Dartmoor for nearly 40 years, making them the experts of the area.
Their location means that there’s no need for road riding to get to the moors, allowing riders to explore the landscape in peace and admire its awe-inspiring views. The stable also has excellently mannered horses and ponies, and with it being located right next to the famous ‘Wheal Betsy’ silver lead mine, it makes it a great destination to really uncover some hidden gems of the area.
These tour providers and trainers operate under the ethos that the Clydesdale breed of horses is the best to use. The reason for this is because they claim the type of horse has brilliant adaptability and a wonderful nature, making it great to deal with tourists and first-time riders. Originally being bred to help with agriculture and farming, these heavy horses have been repurposed for tours due to their ability to make easy work of the difficult terrain. They’re not going to be winning any races, that’s one of many Cheltenham racing tips, but they are great horses for learning on.
Another good thing about Adventure Clydesdale is how the guides are extremely knowledgeable on the Dartmoor area and give deep insights into the location as you canter about. Based at Brimpts Farm near Dartmeet, these trials allow you explore the South West of the county and beyond.
Finlake Riding Centre
Situated in the amazing Teign valley at the edge of the Datmoor national park, Finlake offers something a little unique due to its splendid woodland trails, which have been treated with ‘all weather surfaces’ to ensure that the ground underfoot is excellent despite the conditions.
They offer gentle treks for beginners and novices, which can be great as a first-time treat, but they also offer higher octane and exhilarating rides that also include a trip to a local pub.
They have a wide array of horses available to ride, including adorable Shetland ponies, which are perfect for small children to interact with.
Woolacombe Riding Stables
Woolacombe is the premier stables for those wanting to explore north Devon on horseback. Woolacombe is a highly regarded and well-accredited facility, being both an approved equestrian centre by the British Horse Society and Pony Club, and an accredited Clubmark stable, the first in North Devon to become so.
At Woolacombe you can explore and ride in the valley of Woolacombe that spans over 200 acres of countryside, but you can also trek across sand dunes and stunning beaches if you prefer.