“I hadn’t predicted how spectacular Dartmoor would be. It’s quite a challenge to ride miles over such varied terrain… There are bit that really get your blood pumping”.
This was the verdict of Radio 2’s Sara Cox, one of over 20 riders and journalists who tackled the two-day Dartmoor Derby pilot event in late September.
Riding on horseback across some 45 miles of glorious moorland in small guided groups, participants from as far afield as Florida journeyed from the Arundell Arms in Lifton to Bovey Castle Hotel. Their interim night was spent under canvas at a luxury Mongolian-style camp by the West Dart river.
The Derby will launch fully next year, hosting up to 100 riders in what is anticipated as a biennial event. Riders may bring their own horse, or rent a quality mount through the organisers, and can customise the length of their ride and ratio of luxury camping to hotel accommodation.