One of the world’s great riding experiences — join Liberty Trails on Dartmoor for a trip you will remember forever
‘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 — and accessible by a direct train from London.
Liberty Trails is an award-winning adventure riding firm on Dartmoor, Devon, catering for capable riders. With expert local guides and a hand-picked range of accommodation options — from five-star hotels to boutique farmhouse B&Bs or exclusive private cottages — and the use of private yards across the moors, we create bespoke itineraries to exactly your taste.
Please click ‘Special Events’ tabs above to find out more about our
> Horse & House Parties
> the annual and world renowned Dartmoor Derby (17 to 20 Sept 2021)
> Ride Dartmoor with eventing legend Mary King MBE (7 to 10 June 2021)
Bring your own horse, or let us pair you with a fabulous quality local mount. Combine shorter rides if you wish with other brilliant local activities we can arrange (such as mounted falconry), or let us take you for a fast five-hour adventure deep into the moors.
We cater equally well for riding and non-riding members of your party, even bringing them all together by horse, car or E-bike for a glorious outdoor lunch in a local beauty spot.
Allow us to take care of all the annoying little details — we will deliver you to and from your horse each day, lead you straight to your accommodation and stabling, or collect you from the station — a full concierge service is available.
At the same time we’re a proud Devon business, supporting many local suppliers, which will enable you to meet true Dartmoor farmers, riders and pony breeders and enjoy a real taste of an authentic and ancient way of life.
Besides bespoke bookings, Liberty Trails runs a small number of premium group rides ideal for singles, pairs or couples. These range from our Mary King ride, hosted by the Olympic eventing legend; the relaxed but luxury Horse & House Party; to the world renowned annual Dartmoor Derby. Click Special Events above, or links below for more details.
Liberty Trails is a multi-award winning organisation that provides luxury riding experiences like no other.
PLEASE PLAN NOW FOR 2021 as accommodation bookings are much more advanced than usual this 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!
** OUR COVID POLICY: any guest whose holiday needs to be reorganised to meet Covid regulations will be offered an identical or similar ride, in agreement with you, on dates that work for each party, with no rearrangement fees. This has so far been 100% satisfactory for clients, and we hope to keep it that way.. *
Our Specialist Horse Riding Events
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.
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.
We’re honoured that eventing legend Mary King MBE hosts a very special ride each June, from a favourite Dartmoor hotel. Bookings are open for 2021's ride (7 to 10 June). Spend two full days riding and talking with Mary, with superb suppers each night from local produce.
Now in its fifth year, this three-day, 50-mile luxury riding challenge each September attracts riders from around the world. Staying in quintessential Dartmoor lodges, riders tackle varying terrain and cross the moor with lunch and supper taken in a fabulous camp built specially for this event. The 2021 dates are 17 to 20 Sept.
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.
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
Our UK Riding Holidays
THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE
Ride wild and free across Dartmoor and explore one of the most spectacular landscapes in the UK.
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.
THE HEIGHT OF LUXURY
Enjoy opulent rooms, unparalleled service and indulgent spa treatments to revive, relax and restore both body and spirit.
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
Treat yourself to a bespoke, luxury horse riding holiday in the South of England and enjoy a fabulous horseback adventure through the heart of Dartmoor, one of the UK’s last true wilderness regions.
Cantering through the unspoiled scenery of Dartmoor National Park on high quality, forward going horses, you’ll be guided through breathtaking scenery, past prehistoric settlements and through some of Europe’s finest examples of Bronze Age settlements. Dartmoor is the highest, oldest and least-densely populated area in the South West and offers the ultimate escape to delight all the senses and reinvigorate mind, body and soul.
Our UK horse riding holidays combine an exhilarating riding experience on the moor with a three-night stay at the luxurious Bovey Castle and use of their flagship spa to enjoy some rejuvenating treatments after a long day in the saddle.
Bovey Castle is a world-class hotel in the heart of Dartmoor and the epitome of country house elegance. The hotel is set in a 275-acre estate and offers an 18 hole championship golf course, luxurious spa and falconry. Bovey Castle is home to the award-winning bistro and restaurant, The Great Western, named in honour of the Great Western Railway company that first transformed the building from a private house to a 5*, world-class hotel.
– Riding Holiday with Special Needs