Wide, expansive landscapes, rushing rivers, ancient forests… Dartmoor’s terrain is nothing if not varied. Dartmoor has long been the inspiration for many an author, poet and explorer, each entranced in their own way by her natural beauty and deep heritage. And Dartmoor’s variety extends beyond physical landcape, often touching at something much deeper… On hot, sunny days, you’ll find yourself in a luscious, green paradise – warm and welcoming. But when the weather turns, so can her welcome… Mist and heavy clouds shroud the moorland in an air of mystery, a bleak kind of beauty. This is, let’s not forget, the place that inspired Hound of Baskervilles… But it’s in this range of landscape and the emotions they evoke that the true magic of Dartmoor is revealed.

Horse Rider on Dartmoor with Pink Sunset.

As horse owners ourselves, we understand more than anyone the special bond between horse and rider. Having been fortunate enough to grow up riding on Dartmoor, we believe that this part of the world offers something truly magical and unique for both horse and rider.

We’d be lying if we said Dartmoor is an ‘easy ride’… The weather alone can be a challenge. Often changeable from one moment to the next, mists can descend in minutes making it difficult to see which way you’re going. Hidden bogs are dangerous to those who aren’t familiar with what to look out for, and prolonged wet spells can make some rivers impassable at the wrong time of year. But all this simply adds to the sense of adventure that comes from riding Dartmoor… No two rides on Dartmoor will ever be the same. And with the right people, clothes and gear in place, memories made here are nothing short of unforgettable.

It’s understandable that people are often nervous about bringing their horse to Dartmoor. Unfamiliar surroundings, challenging terrain… They’re all worries we’re familiar with ourselves. That’s why we go out of our way to ensure that every measure is put in place to ensure a stress-free experience for both you and your horse. We truly believe that every horse and rider can have fun on Dartmoor – and we’ve seen this in action. We’ve welcomed all kinds of different horses to Dartmoor, from children’s ponies to grand prix level horses… With exclusive use of the stable yard and expert guidance, every step is put in place to ensure your horse settles comfortably into their temporary home.

Our guides are not only highly experienced riders, but also know Dartmoor like the back of their hand. So vast is Dartmoor that this is the kind of place where people tend to only know ‘their patch’ – a section of the moor – so this a bit of a rarity in itself. With extensive knowledge of the moor and all the different routes, they’re able to guide you to all the nooks and crannies so often missed on foot. And with the safety and awareness of an expert – leaving you able to sit back, relax and absorb everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer.

So sit back and ‘enjoy the ride’! Dartmoor is set to leave you and your horse with a lifetime of memories…

Rider Mounting a Horse at Holwell Riding stables, Dartmoor, Devon