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Luxury riding holidays on Dartmoor

‘My overall experience? Is 11 out of 10 allowed?’ Jane C, Cotswolds, England. 

Imagine a luxury riding holiday in one of Britain’s last true wildernesses, tailored to your requirements and accessible by a direct train from London. Our luxury riding trips combine  England’s finest countryside, stupendous food and world-class riding on superb horses, or you could bring your own… We can take care of all transport and connections and there’s no need to worry about your travelling companions. Riders and non-riders alike will have the time of their lives.

Liberty Trails is a multi-award winning organisation  that provides luxury riding experiences like no other. We can take you deep into the moors with an expert guide and ground support at the pace you choose — including exhilarating fast canters.

We create bespoke itineraries for you or your party, arranging exactly the accommodation, riding, dining and additional experiences that you’d like. We also run a small number of luxury riding weekends for groups through the year. Here’s a typical selection (see also our Holidays button), but we love to be challenged. Ask, and we’ll most likely say yes!

Saddle, Spa and Castle Stay

Stay in a magnificent five-star English castle to combine top-class guided adventure riding on Dartmoor  with a reviving visit to the hotel pool, spa or golf course. Mounted falconry, fishing and of course walking all popular options too. Pure luxury.

The Horse & House Party

Launched to rave reviews in 2019, these three-night weekend breaks are especially good for pairs or singles seeking a luxury riding weekend without arranging a bespoke experience. Up to 10 riders stay in a private guest lodge (with hot tub) to enjoy two full days in the saddle.

Holiday Cottage Parties

Bring your family, friends and horses too if you wish for exhilarating riding by day and fabulous chalet style service in a quintessential Dartmoor cottage. Tackle anything from 10 to to 25 miles a day with an expert guide over moors, past tors, buzzards, wild ponies and more, with lunch in a local beauty spot or an ancient Dartmoor inn.

Ride Dartmoor with an Olympic Legend

We’re honoured that the eventing legend Mary King MBE hosts a very special ride each June (8 to 11 June 2020), from a favourite Dartmoor hotel. Spend two full days riding and talking with Mary, with top-class suppers each evening prepared by an award winning team from local produce.

The Dartmoor Derby

Now in its fifth year, this three-day, 50-mile luxury riding challenge each September attracts riders from all over the world. Staying in quintessential Dartmoor lodges overnight, riders tackle varying terrain and cross the moor with lunch and supper taken in a fabulous camp built specially for this event.

To check availability please email enquiries@liberty-trails.com

IN SUMMARY

World class luxury riding from a multi-award winning firm, particularly good for strong, experienced riders

Transfers from Exeter airport and train station included with most trips. Full concierge service also available — let us meet you at Heathrow

Bespoke itineraries our speciality; whatever your wish, we can (almost always) make it happen!

Top-class accommodation options ranging from five-star hotels to the best, hand-picked Dartmoor farmhouse B&Bs or cottages

We’ll match you with fabulous, experienced horses, or bring your own horse. We will care for it as if it was our own in a private yard

Enjoy fabulous mid-ride lunches in local beauty spots created from local Devon produce

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AT A GLANCE

HEART OF DARTMOOR

THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE

Ride wild and free across Dartmoor and explore one of the most spectacular landscapes in the UK.

MADE FOR YOU

A FAST-PACED, EXHILARATING RIDING EXPERIENCE

Bring your own horse or hire one of ours and relish the thrill of  riding at hunting pace across Dartmoor.

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THE HEIGHT OF LUXURY

Enjoy opulent rooms, unparalleled service and indulgent spa treatments to revive, relax and restore both body and spirit.

SUPERB STABLING

SUPERB STABLING

Your horse will have the care and attention of our resident yard manager in our exclusive stable yard in the heart of Dartmoor.

Specialist holidays for the discerning rider with a thirst for adventure

The perfect horse riding holiday isn’t just about the riding – it’s about the landscapes you ride through, the quality and condition of the horses you ride, even if you hire rather than bring your own, the comfort and relaxation at the end of the day and the exquisite food and wine that makes every evening special. We understand that it’s the finer details that make all the difference which is why we do everything we can to ensure your  horse riding holiday on Dartmoor exceeds your expectations.

And once that’s all in place, just imagine escaping from it all and riding a horse across one of the highest, oldest and least inhabited areas of protected countryside in England in the company of your horse, an experienced guide and a couple of your carefully selected friends.

With our experienced guides, you’ll explore Dartmoor’s varied terrain, horse riding across wide-open moorland and ancient woodland. It’s a little like stepping back into the past – you’ll rarely see a vehicle, and apart from the occasional farmhouse, there are few signs of civilization, making it blissfully tranquil.

You can choose to start and finish each day riding your horse from the same place, varying the length and distance of each ride, or opt for a longer, exhilarating horse riding safari where the horses spend each night in a different outpost.

At the end of each day, you’ll finish your horse riding adventure at a privately-owned stable yard in a perfect setting, where you’ll be able to settle your horse, relax over a cup of tea or a cold beer and share stories of a great day in the saddle before re-joining your non-riding friends.