Liberty Trails makes it into How to Spend IT JUNE 07 2015 SOPHY ROBERTS New equestrian adventures with gastronomic flair and luxury hotels The pursuit of freedom has always been behind great weekend travel experiences, whether it’s on horseback or by automobile. Noteworthy in England is a new riding safari company, Liberty Trails (www.liberty-trails.com), which takes competent riders on guided, galloping, gastronomic tours in and around Dartmoor in Devon, staying in luxury hotels.
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The pursuit of freedom has always been behind great travel experiences, whether it’s on horseback or by automobile. Noteworthy in England is a new riding safari company, Liberty Trails (www.liberty-trails.com), which takes competent riders on guided, galloping, gastronomic tours in and around Dartmoor in Devon, staying in luxury hotels.
Tara Russell from Hampshire Society Magazine joined us for a ride in the wild on Dartmoor I dare not move a muscle. My new friend’s nostrils flare wide open and within seconds he is galloping across the open moor leaving me to suck in the mouthfuls of cold air streaming between his ears. I’ve ridden horses since I was just six years old but, for the first time ever, here in the Dartmoor wilderness, I can truly understand the meaning of the phrase ‘in riding a horse we borrow freedom’. […]
Bovey Castle has partnered luxury horseback experience specialist Liberty Trails to offer thrilling Horse Riding Holidays in Dartmoor National Park Guests staying at the stunning country manor house hotel can now escape from it all and explore some of the most rugged, unspoilt countryside in England on horseback. Led by a local guide with unrivaled knowledge of the area, guests will explore heather-clad hills, open moorland, ancient woodland, wild rivers, standing stones and world-famous granite rock formations. Guests are welcome to ride their own horse and use Liberty Trails’ first-class private stable yard or hire an American Quarter Horse that has been bred on Dartmoor. At the end of each day, riders return to beautiful Bovey Castle for a reviving spa treatment before indulging in the superb food and hospitality of one of Bovey’s restaurants. General Manager Greg Fehler said: “Bovey Castle is renowned for the fantastic range of outdoor pursuits and activities available to guests and we’re delighted to be working with Liberty Trails to offer yet another unforgettable experience. Dartmoor provides one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK and easily compares with some of the best riding destinations in the world.” The three-night horse-riding break starts at £1,500 per person based on selected departures during 2015. The price includes three nights at Bovey Castle with breakfast, evening meal plus two spa treatments. Also included is livery for three nights for guests’ own horse or two full days’ horse hire with a full day guided trail riding on the first day and options on the second. These include: a full day ride at hunting pace accompanied by an expert falconer; or a full day guided trail or half-day ride with spa treatment [...]
Was there ever an area more suited to exploring on horseback than Dartmoor? Sian Lewis from BBC Country File Magazine took to the saddle for a 22-mile (35km) adventure with Liberty Trails. Here's what she says Countryfile Magazine Editorial Feature Feb 2015